A Warm Welcome

The early morning

is filled with song as the birds

greet the rising sun.

They too must be glad to feel

the warmth of its golden light.

                                                  JDG

Fresh Start

Like wild berries,

translucent raindrops hang from

Japanese maple.

It’s amazing what finding

 new environments can do.

                                                        JDG

Knox’s Not-So-Gentle Nudge

Whining doesn’t work

so I try a few sharp barks.

Maybe she’ll look up

and see this sunny day is

ripe with possibilities.

                                               JDG

Until

We take for granted,

the beat of our heart, in-breaths

and out-breaths until

we’re challenged and gratitude

for those life rhythms flows forth.

                                                       JDG

Keeping Track

Four inches of snow,

hourly chime of the clock,

one cup of oatmeal,

the steady beat of the heart –

measures of this wind-swept day.

                                              JDG

 

Bow! Wow!

Joyously wagging 

his tail, Knox sniffs and samples

his first bit of snow,

likes the taste, comes back for more,

looks around – there’s snow galore.

                                                           JDG

 

Learning How

My soul longs for peace,

but it seems there are some things

my ego has to

learn first – like how to let soul’s

longing guide my behavior.

                                                JDG

Retreat Center

Plenty of reasons

to worry, but my body

is at peace so when

my mind starts its spiel,

I’ll listen from my center.

                                       JDG

Unannounced

Unexpectedly,

with no deliberation,

a belly-centered

peace visited me today.

I invited it to stay.

                                        JDG