September Song

Summer’s over; autumn’s here; fire season’s over, and the heat wave has subsided. With the diminished risk of sunburn, I set out for a twelve mile hike around the lake– my first long hike of September, finally. Sacramento SunRaises pink and orange huesHappy hippy hike Strolling through the old olive grove, the phrase “gold country”…

Guilty

Blatant bold-faced lie“I just need to be alone”Five minutes laterI’m flirting with someone elseThinking, he’s so hotMaking sure to play it calm(Wish I had with you)Lust punches me in the gutChased by sudden guiltTelling myself it’s okayI’m sure you’ve moved onPerhaps this firefighterCan help me get over you This was originally going to be my…

Short Six Mile Hike

The one thing that actually seems to help my PTSD more than anything is exercise. So, since my mental health has been poor lately, and since I haven’t been hiking enough since I sprained my tailbone several weeks ago, I decided to force myself to go hiking today. I usually love taking long hikes. In…

Serendipity Trail

A Haibun for Ronovan Writes Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge Serendipity Trail isn’t the path that I originally intended to hike, but it’s turned out to be so much better than the one my guide book recommended. Luckily, my goal was to enjoy myself, no matter what. not to simply follow directions. Without whatever misstep…

Dr. Stella

A Dr. Stella poem for Murisopsis’ Poetry Scavenger Hunt and Mindlovemisery Menagerie’s Sunday Confessionals. Doctor Stella found a next-day time slot To help prune my flowers Early blooms could cause instability Plant had not reached her prime We poured liquid poison on sprouting spots Halting new growth powers Did not affect long-term fertility Though healing…

First Emmett

Nesting Area National Geographic photographers found eaglesGeographic predators with cliff-side nests built highPhotographers struggled to focus cameras against skyFound near the eagles were scores of seagulls Eagles didn’t seem to notice the nuisance nearby Emmett poem written for Murisopsis’ My Name Poetry Scavenger Hunt. I think this was the hardest form I’ve tried so far!…

Jay’s Way

California Magpies Blue magpiesConverge on telephone linesPerhaps some prefer them over Jeffrey PinesThey sing through their distinct yellow billsHappily untilOne swift fallAlarms allPanicked caws ring outCrows circle the corpse on ground and shoutSinging their grief til end of funeral bringsIridescent feathered wingsBack to skies A Jay’s Way poem written for My Name Poetry Scavenger Hunt….

The Anna

Trees Turned us intoAncient damaged redwoodsSet us aflame during a droughtFire resistance aged our youthful faces My love for him still evergreenAlthough he cut us downThe fall brings peace The Anna was a bit of a challenge to write 🙂 Post written for Weekly Prompts Wednesday Challenge-Trees and My Name Poetry Scavenger Hunt All photos…

Marianne

September in California Fires lit my dreamsWoke to caramel skiesForesthill, Yosemite, WeedSmoke surrounds usCan’t breathe A Marianne poem for Murisopsis’ My Name Scavenger Hunt.

Wednesday blog and quotes

On Wednesdays, we wear pink. (Not just because it’s a Mean Girls quote, but because I am actually wearing pink right now.) On Wednesdays, I go to trauma therapy, which involves some intentional provoking of flashbacks in order to process them. (It’s hard.) My mind feels like it’s reeling too much to write anything very…