Time

Time is a concept that we can’t fully explain…

We have theories and ideas, but what’s actually true?

Some people say it’s circular…

Others say it’s linear…

Some people say that time is happening present, past and future, all at once…

Some people say the only time that matters is right now…

Others say it’s the past…

Others say it’s the future…

Still others think you can save time or waste time.

People also differ about how time works, and whether it is orderly or chaotic like this free verse poem…

Is time actually a thing?

Does time end when we die?

Why should we care what’s after this life? 

Do we have a little time or a lot of time?

How can we measure it?

So many questions ….

And how is it that one of us can be living in the future while another lives in he past, but  we were born on the same date?

Oh we can talk about time zones and time lines,

And sunrises and sunsets and the earth’s motion…

And many scientific theories and formulas besides…

So much pomp and circumstance about time in some cultures!

Some people think that time is short,

So why should we care?

Time is important….

But most importantly,

The  way we handle and use the time is key.

Time is precious,

For you and for me.

The time I have with you, I will use…



Choosing Joy

Joy and fear are opposite.
Only one can survive at a time.
Yet, sadness and surprise,
Fair better together,
Even though they are sometimes disguised.

Always aversion comes through pain,
Releasing regret along the way.
Some emotions come in waves,
And leave marks like scars…going to the grave.
Did I know that when I left you years ago that…
Now I would feel so much grief and pain?
Every transition involves some kind of loss…
Seriously, is it worth the cost?

Soon joy will come from sorrow.
Sometimes, it feels like it will never be over…
Until the day when justice comes.
Releasing these words on paper,
Pent-up emotions begin to flow.
Realizing I cannot do this alone,
I dive into the arms of Love.
Succor, protector, the fullness of joy…
Even now you see me,
And walk me through the pain.

Very quickly I learned,
Even to suffer is to gain.
Royalty and wisdom know the value of trials,
So I choose to avoid numbness,
In the face of strife.
Onward I fly with thankfulness.
Now I live with more love and joy.

A Shopping List

Thoughts while shopping…

Bakery and bread…

Rye bread,

And dark German bread…
As I shop,
I remember my friends from all over the world.

Meat and Seafood
Skinless chicken and turkey breasts
Ground turkey and chicken
Salmon,
Halibut,
Trout,
Mackerel,
eggs,
Mussels…
I think of my father,
Who introduced me to the sea and its treasures,
And has an amazing talent for cooking meats.

Pasta and Rice….
Brown rice
Squash for making pasta…
I think of my mother,
And her inspirational way,
Of making even the simplest foods a success.

Oils, Sauces, Salad Dressings, and Condiments…
Tomato sauce,
Red-wine vinegar,
Salsa,
Extra virgin olive oil,
canola oil,
Jarred capers and olives,
Hot pepper sauce,
I think of my brother in law,
And how he includes sauces with all foods.

Cereals and Breakfast Foods
Muesli,
Oatmeal,
I think of my sister and her love of breakfast.

Soups and Canned Goods…
Diced or whole peeled tomatoes,

Canned fruits and vegetables,

Tuna and salmon packed in water
lentils,
Diced green chilies..
I remember my grandma,
And her amazing ability to can…
Anything.

Frozen Foods…

Frozen vegetables: broccoli, spinach, peas, and carrots (no sauce),
Frozen fruit: strawberries, raspberries, blueberries (without added sugar),
Frozen shrimp,
Low-fat ice cream,
Frozen yogurt,
Whole grain veggie pizza,
frozen yogurt,
I think of my resourceful friends with young children.

Dairy and cheeses…
Skim or low-fat milk or soymilk,
Fat-free yogurt,
Low-fat cottage cheese
Low-fat cheese or string cheese snacks
Tofu
Parmesan
Goat Cheese
[Why can’t we get cheese here for a reasonable price?]
I think of my friends and family,
Who made me a natural food nerd.

Snacks and Crackers…
Whole-grain crackers
Dried fruit: apricots, figs, prunes, raisins, cranberries
Nuts: almonds, cashews, walnuts, peanuts, pecans, pistachios (roasted and unsalted)
Seeds: sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, whole or ground flaxseeds
Peanut butter, almond, or soy butter
Hummus
Dark chocolate pieces (containing more than 70% cocoa),
I remember long hikes in the woods,
With my closest companions.

Produce..
Fruit: bananas, apples, oranges, mangoes, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries
Vegetables: sweet potatoes, baby spinach, broccoli, carrot sticks
Locally grown…
I am reminded of my roots.

Drinks…
Unsweetened green and flavored teas
Calcium-fortified orange juice and other juices
Sparkling water
Wine
I remember that life is a gift,
And to take it one step at a time.

Poetry Challenge #3

The Prompt: Write about the sound of: a radio changing channels, a dog howling, a football or baseball game, your parents talking in another room

The radio changes from baseball to football,
As the dog howls to be let inside.
The team is losing steam,
As the parents discuss the night’s dinner.
Susie runs to let the dog in,
As she hears the announcer yell… “GOALLLLL!”
The dog goes crazy with excitement,
And the parents rush into the room with glee.
What a change in scenery!

Challenge #2

The Prompt: Write about the smell of: burning food, melting snow, the ocean, your grandparents’ home, the inside of a bus, pavement after the rain

A Winter Tale

Getting on the bus,
He left the land of warm oceans,
And the sweet smell of gentle rain on the pavement,
Taking the road to the cold north.
Glad to get away from the smell of the restaurant,
That always burnt food below his apartment,
Jake was happy to go to his grandparents’ home.
The inside of the bus smelled musty,
Was rusty, and reminded him of an old shoe.
Finally…
He disembarked…
Seeing the sight of melting snow,
Icicles,
His smiling grandmother and grandfather,
And warm hugs.

Temptation

The tempter makes me writhe,
With misplaced desire,
Inside my mind.
Sometimes, I fall..
And lose sight,
Of the greater LOVE,
That is better than any human love.
How quickly I lose sight of what is best,
And settle for what is less.
Regret and pain are in my eyes,
When I see the way I hurt my love.
When I fall short,
He is jealous and in pain..
How much more do I have to gain,
By walking on his steps again?
I gaze into those eyes of fire,
And suddenly I am gripped with a greater desire.
How do I explain his gaze?
I cannot say, dear reader,
How this works…
But the lesser pleasures cannot compare,
To the greatest PLEASURE and WHOLENESS,
That is my Lover.

Beauty in the Ugly

Suffering…
This word alone makes many people cringe and shrink back…
It’s often known as …
The scraping away of imperfections,
Or the refinement of the soul.
Most people run from it like the plague,
And groan and moan about it while in the trial.
Others see it as an opportunity,
To be cultivated and grow into wise people.
Have you seen an overcomer?
One who has gone through many trials with joy?
Where does it come from?
How do they suffer sickness, loss, and grief with hope?
There is beauty in the ugly,
And diamonds are formed in the pressure.
Butterflies emerge through a struggle,
And athletic training offers a great reward.
Nobody enjoys exertion and exhaustion at first,
But in light of a great prize,
All the suffering is worth it.
No beautiful thing comes into being without a mess…
Nothing that is worthwhile,
Comes without pain.
Instead of numbing the pain,
Allow it to change and grow you.
Love too grows with time,
Through uncomfortable struggles,
Conflict and forgiveness.
A full life is one of suffering,
And one of deep joy.
There is more depth to this story,
both interior and exterior…
We live, we die,
We see reality…
Rescue is available,
and the Rescuer is coming.
Suffering’s reward is worth it,
And so are vulnerability and trust…
Would you prefer to be comfortable,
Or live life to the fullest?