Sunday, July 31, 2011

O.S.I.: Uncomfortable

Hi all,

This week's theme at O.S.I. is uncomfortable. Here is my take:

Willing to smile in a place unfamiliar to myself
To extend my hand beyond what is required
To listen and laugh even when I am tired
To love even in the midst of pain
To dance in the falling rain
To stretch beyond the comfort of my walls
To answer when the world calls

Friday, July 29, 2011

Soft Setting Sun

Gazing out
Drifting in the
Soft setting sun

Happy Sky Watch!!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Nine Lives (Short Story)

Hi all,

It has been awhile since I've posted a short story. I'd like to share a new story I wrote today. I hope you enjoy it. This is a prompt at Acrostic Only.

Now and then, the old man with yellow eyes appeared from a vacant window. He lit the bud of his cigarette into the dark night. The moon exposed his silvery whiskers. His lips drew open but he never spoke.

Ira and I threw jagged rocks at the man. He hissed and cursed at us. The yellow in his eyes grew violent and red. He jumped out the window and chased our shadows. Our legs stretched beneath the starry night. We do not look back.

Nana scolds us when we reach the porch of our house. She rocks in her chair silently with her head bowed down. “Why do you torture the man with nine lives,” she says. “You should pity him. He has no companions in this world.”

Earth has many secrets but I shall tell you this once. There was a black cat abandoned when he was a wee kitten. He became a companion of the night and traveled everywhere with the moon. One day, the cat veered off course and onto a busy road. He was struck by a car without warning.

Life claimed it as its own, but the night mourned its little friend. Night heard the cat’s dying plea for life. The cat asked night to grant him nine lives.

In Nana’s eyes, I watch tears well up like a fountain, full and visible beneath the moon. “Ah, this part of the story makes me weep,” she sobbed.

Vainly, night sought to help and save the cat. But no one would open their door. Only screams of the cat echoed from the road.

Eternity opened her arms to the cat, but he refused such a fate. He summoned the courage to run away, and he was chased to the four corners of the world. Alas, Eternity looked but he alluded her.

Some say the cat of nine lives took on the form of a man. There he gazes longingly into night’s face.” Nana finishes her tale and looks at Ira and I with deep angst. “Take the plate of food on the table and offer it to him,” she said. “He likes to have company when he eats.” We obey silently and journey out into the quiet night.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Need (O.S.I)

Hi all,

Here is a new poem for O.S.I. This week's theme is need.

Bears need honey like I need you
A pot of sweetness when I'm feeling blue
Golden joy sweetened by your smile
That lasts from sun up to sun down

Earth needs sun like I need you
The light of dawn to chase the moon
A wash of sunbeam in your glance
That fills my heart with pure romance

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Reason (Acrostic)

I believe every thing in life happens for a reason. This is the inspiration for this acrostic.

Right or wrong
Every moment possesses
A better answer
Summoning new courage
Onward we face
Now seek change

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Sun's Reflection

The sun beams
In its own reflection
Laughs at its shimmering face

View other lovely skies here.
Happy Sky Watch!!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Strings in Three Haikus

Hi all,

I have written three haikus for Haiku Heights. The theme this week is strings.

May I take your strings
Unravel them from each hook
Pry open your heart

Almost free of strings
Bid the world a last goodbye
A home in the sky

Down the string of love
How you swing with joy to me
Open wide my heart

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Lessons End to End

Happy Sunday all,

Here is a free style poem I wrote when reflecting on life's lessons and what they teach us:

All the lessons
End to end
They extend themselves
Hands uplifted
I recognized not
The love between
The lessons
End to end
Nurturing me

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Beautiful Beaches

Hi all,

Happy Sky Watch! Here are some photos of my wonderful time at Miami Beach.

You can check out other amazing skies here

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Haiku Heights: Infatuation

Hi all,

I wrote a pair of haikus for Haiku Heights. This week's theme is infatuation.

Glancing at her face
The moon and stars beaming back
His own masterpiece

He craves the canvas
Of heaven and earth and time
To paint its beauty

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Respect (O.S.I.)

Hi all,

This poem is written for O.S.I. The theme this week is respect. I felt inspired to write a poem that expresses inner strength and self esteem.

These things torn in two
Thank yous were missed and few
Friendship stayed away for a while
And the heavens were somber and blue
Love grew distant and dissipated
Time became a silent prison
Destiny’s smile slowly waned
Only self respect remained

When tomorrow unclenches her hand
And morning smiles in sweet surprise
Lift the head and let the rain in
Prayer is always sweeter in sunrise
Light always gives greater joy
As strength extends both hands
Respect what God has given and will give
Life will release its gifts and promise

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Crater (O.S.I.)

Hi all,

I am late posting but nonetheless inspired by this week's prompt at O.S.I.

Dipped in white
A stunning moon
Swims about
The galaxy

Its immensity
Engulfs the universe
By its splendor

Craters are beauty marks
Endless and deep
Its history hidden

Find a space
Mark your place
On the moon

Monday, July 4, 2011

Spectacular Sky

Hope you all had a spectacular 4th of July!!

Spectacular sky
Crackles with light
Dazzles the eyes
Fireworks explode
With shimmering joy
Putting smiles on the faces
Of every girl and boy