how much?

how much will you tell me
about your day’s doings
your thoughts,
on their rare train of wit
your original seeings
and their vast contribution
to all that the hours permit

how much will you tell me
of what said the teacher
and friends
with their own minds aglow
will your questions
come searching
from schoolroom to doorstep
or answered by others who know

how much will you tell me
your face phosphorescent
with learning
and musings still prime
will you narrate your minutes
to this audience eager
for your tellings
and thinkings
and time


susie and em

But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you. – Psalm 5:11

images: Susie Blythe & her new kindergarten teacher Mr. Watson; Susie & her mama (me) 🙂

slew sublime

fish fins flap
and slap
against the boat
as simon peter
pulls his net
up and over:
a slew sublime
of hollow thuds
and sparkling scales
mark the wet
and wondrous

Miraculous Catch of Fish by Roger Garin

And when they had brought their ships to land,
they forsook all, and followed him. – Luke 5:11


images: Miraculous Catch of Fish by Roger Garin; The Great Catch by John August Swanson


I am climbing
up thru water
higher high
delivered daughter
sparkling sun
so close to tips
of fingers stretched
and parting lips
the air is near
the sea is thinning
the surface waits
for my beginning

and yet

the shining
bubbled sky
stops before
I’ve breath to cry
and all there is
is blurry light
and changing clouds
and silent sea
as I begin
to sink despite
my shifting hips
and expertise

you’re here

and hands
with grace plunge deep
and lift me up
from trouble’s keep
I cheer and weep
atop the waves
amazed anew
at being saved
inhale indeed
I do the air
sweet oxygen
of father’s care


He sent from on high, he took me; he drew me out of many waters.
– Psalm 18:16

extras worth posting:
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images: Light by Sue Kemnitz; Christian Quotes; shore painting by Jurij Frey