FRAMING FRANCE; STRASBOURG

– Last weekend, possibly the final weekend of glorious sunshine for another year, we went to Strasbourg, the final birthday celebration, a city that is fully French, was once German for almost 50 years and is now filled with pretzels, flammenkueche, and all around adorability… And good cocktails! What? I’m Irish!!! Seriously, I wanted toContinue reading “FRAMING FRANCE; STRASBOURG”

JOURNEYS, PART 18; THE BEAUTIFUL BRINY

The moon is a diamond dream, a sweet shadowof midnight, butterflies drunk on sleepinto which we seep like the blood red sunbeneath the blue blood sea and we are wavesin bottles bobbing along on the beautyand the briny, too intoxicated to thinkof our time being temporary, too insignificantto think of ourselves as anything otherthan spotlightContinue reading “JOURNEYS, PART 18; THE BEAUTIFUL BRINY”

JOURNEYS, PART 17, THE BRIGHT RED ROSE

Rough round that rose bordered hem we ran, regardless of where her skirts did scurry, no fretting to the fraying of her fringes, never noticing how nimble had turned to not-so nifty above that border of red roses, oh so pretty… We carried you, like a child, that day, winter now withered as the barkContinue reading “JOURNEYS, PART 17, THE BRIGHT RED ROSE”

JOURNEYS, PART 16; IDOLS OF INDIA

  Queue up, check in, board, sit down, take off, eat, sleep, movies, sleep, sky and sea, cross continents, curtail time, more sky and sea, more food, a hint of something hotter, then sand and land and then we land. Finally, fingers fumble over cameras caught in a current of silken sarees sweeping through streamsContinue reading “JOURNEYS, PART 16; IDOLS OF INDIA”

JOURNEYS, PART 15; BLIND BELIEF

  We smoke liquid laughs, embrace clouds of midday butterflies that come in celestial clutters, listen to smiles kiss the skies that dazzle this vast ocean. We are self starved and cracked like overcooked caramel but we draw our delusions from dreams, we are nothing if not imagination waiting to dip our wings into theContinue reading “JOURNEYS, PART 15; BLIND BELIEF”

JOURNEYS, PART 14, THE RUSTLING

  Rustle rocks, the night has murmured to the soul; Peace cannot rest in the shade for long, it seeks but a sanctuary for a season, Eden could not flower forever, there were other fields waiting to be found as fertile, other apples begging to be tasted, other counties where curiosity wasn’t a closure toContinue reading “JOURNEYS, PART 14, THE RUSTLING”

JOURNEYS, PART 14, AT THE RISING SUN

  Sandy shades of dust speckle the ground and gallant tones of green dot the landscape from which the scent of olives ooze, before mixing with the aromas of musk, distant Morocco and the comical smell of burning tires. At dusk, I was driven by a blind taxi driver, judging by his driving, along aContinue reading “JOURNEYS, PART 14, AT THE RISING SUN”

JOURNEYS, PART 13, CONFESSIONS OF THE STARS

This poem was originally a part of my Joni Mitchell series from two years ago but it felt appropriate to be a part of this series of Journeys… I have been courted by counts and clowns, too costly to count, too considered to be questioned, too comical to consider courtly while in cities crowded withContinue reading “JOURNEYS, PART 13, CONFESSIONS OF THE STARS”

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