Posted in November 2018, Shadorma

Autumn Thoughts

Leaves of Autumn, raindrops

Beauty

In the brown and gold

Tears for times

Past when we

Young and verdant without care

Lived the high life

Shadorma

Posted in Choka, October 2018

Lives Of Leaves

Fallen leaves

Once prominent

A vibrant crown of glory

Rustling and bustling

Sheltering new life on high

And offering shade

Now a colorful blanket

Looked down upon

Trampled without thought, deemed useless

Until wind carries them away

Choka

Posted in August 2018, Reverse Nonet

Cruising McMinnville

Grand-daughter’s 1985 RX-7 Mazda cruising downtown McMinnville
Grand-daughter’s 1985 RX-7 Mazda cruising

Ah

Tonight

In my mind

And in my heart

I was young again

I visited the past

Rode down memory lane

Remembered the days of old

While standing on the streets of now

Reverse Nonet

Tonight our hometown had a classic car show and cruise, and I had the pleasure of not only watching all those beautiful cars that I remember from my past drive around,

but also had the opportunity to ride in one!

I began driving in 1960 and I was blessed to have owned many of those cars that are now called “classic”. (And I wish I still had some of them now!😊)

But it was such fun to not only see them all cruising around but to also be able to do so with my 18 year old grand-daughter who owns a 1985 RX-7.

Fun night! Great old and new memories!

Posted in Choka, June 2018

Ever Upward

Original mixed media by Leonas Designs

On Excelsior!

Higher and always upward,

Though shades of night fall,

Your youth shall bring victory!

Though sadness and sorrow

Threaten in the storms of life,

Carry your banner high!

Faint thee not! Excelsior!

Your help comes from above!

Choka

(This poem was inspired by reading “Excelsior” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)

Posted in February 2018, Nonet

To My Younger Self

Old woman with young woman

I once was you before you were me.

If I’d known then, what I know now,

I would have told you this:

Remember your creator

in the days of youth,

And listen to

Your parents

Stories,

For

Times

Will come

When you will

Wish you had done

All of that and more.

I would have told you

To plan well for your future

Since someday you would grow old,

Wish you had, but it would be too late.

Nonet and Reverse Nonet

Posted in Free Verse, November 2017

Who am I?

Universe

I am a million thoughts,

Images and feelings,

Held together by hopes,

Dreams and will.

I am a broken heart,

Mending.

A dreamer, chasing.

A child, exploring.

I am youth and old age,

Combined in mind and body,

Held together by God.

Free Verse

Posted in Choka, November 2017

Ephemeral Joy

Brown Leaf in Fall
Photo by Vivian Marcin

In the days of my youth

When time was of no essence

No thoughts for the morrow

Entered my lofty world

As I grew vibrantly

In the fresh breezes of life

Enjoying the sun’s kiss 

Until touched by Autumn’s breath

I felt the brevity of life

Choka