Poem: Skeleton Waits …How many days until spring? I don’t care!



Black bones
Brown earth
Grey skies
For green leaves
To explode

About the poem:
Why do I hear people saying, “Only 30 blah blah days until spring!”  What’s the point of that? Now is okay. What’s the rush?

The tree in front of the rec center looked so perfectly naked, empty and yet full of promise. But indeed, no hurry. Let me try to be that!


Poem: Out of the Fog


Ah, there you are

When that fog rolled in

So quickly

So thickly

I thought I’d lost you

I thought I’d imagined you

But there you are

Here you are

Not as a wispy cold ghost

Or a fond memory

But as a human

A simple human

The human I remember

Talking and smiling

Sitting with me

Here we are

But, I’m wondering

Will it be clear tomorrow?

Or more fog?

Ah, who cares


Here we are

About the poem:

I try to be strong when things are rough. But, it’s nice when things are easy and there is no need to be strong at all: when a friend is a friend, when there is no fog of confusion to wade through.

Staying in love when the fog does roll in is the tricky part, but it is a much better solution than giving up. (I say, having tried both!)

Poem: Nothing Worked …a Haiku

I tried everything

Became a crazy, devil

Fin’lly, nothing worked


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About the poem:

“Lighten up!”, is sometimes hard for me to do. I want to force and hurry things along into my plan.  When I hear myself say, “I’ve tried everything!” in exasperation, I eventually realize..Wait!!!  It’s time to try “nothing”. That is, to stop pushing and let go, let it go. (If I have trouble doing this, I get help from my mentor. Usually, I wish I’d asked for help sooner. )

By releasing my stranglehold on a problem, solutions bubble up delivering something better than I’d imagined. In the 12-step programs, like Al-Anon, a slogan sums this up as: “Let go and let God.”

About the Author

Joan has been a crazy devil to her friends and family at times. But by forgiving her and being patient and kind, they are teaching her some important skills. She writes books and blogs about tips like this, and about inner peace, love, life, relationships, nutrition, and nature.

Eat your way to inner peace

I just had a refreshing simple salad and some watermelon. In the crock pot, garbanzo beans, fresh spinach, with sauteed carrots, onions and garlic are melding with tomatoes …minestrone is on the way. Aww… wonderful.

Eating is part of my spiritual path. Choosing, preparing and eating mindfully bring me in balance. When I ignore this, I swing out of balance. And the internal  bickering begins, throwing my inner peace out.

When I was in Ghana, there were times we didn’t have a lot of food or money. I was amazed that my friends there would wait for several hours for good food, rather than eat cheap cookies and crappy food. This taught me something about patience and valuing the food we eat.

Eating junk food creates a junk body and a junk mind. Is there any other way it could be?