Most every work day for more than 9 years now, Dena has written a love note, poem or other thought, on a napkin - and tucked it in Marshal's lunch - a ritual of the heart. At the beginning of 2009 Marshal started typing them up. Now, it has become our practice to share the Daily Napkin with you, OUR ritual of the heart. May you enjoy them. May they feed your spirit.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

First Meeting

Their first meeting…
a faded drop of paint
off in a plain section of washes
as if the brush was afraid of the paper

The background of pastel strangers
sketched with tenuous bristle
into hours of exuberant meeting

The images of tree and bush
river near lake, appeared
a landscape of love becoming
tendrils and clouds emerging

Like the constructs of humans
the garden wall was built
and covered with vines almost instantly

So strong the urge to grow and flower
celebrating each day of life together

Tuesday, August 19, 2014


Spontaneous inspiration overtook
the overlooked corners of our psyche
awakening the inner jukebox

There's a lightness to the step
of the person who is kept
on toes of celebration
of joyous conversation


Thursday, August 14, 2014

Rock of Love

as a child, he depended upon
hanging on tenuous hooks
prepared for fun and silliness
unmitigated play amongst
heaps of adult minefields

the knowing piled up high
in his gut of guts

no matter what
the insidious circumstances
there was the rock of his father’s love
tethered and bonded in an ocean of emotion

as a man, there exists calm fortitude
while they grow softly closer
in age, maturity, and wisdom

even while physical distance gaps
growing space separates with a padding of love

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Start Your Engines

In the company of the Muse
and a troupe of her affiliates
(or is it her initiates?)

the air vibrates with enthusiasm
creative epiphanies sparking
in the air like mini-lightning


One session -  a jolt from the starter
revved up for a daytrip of ideas


Regular gatherings
keep the engines running
on a symbiotic think fuel
and maintained by heart mechanics

Tuesday, July 29, 2014


Babies are babies
no matter what animal

And the cuteness factor
quadruples the chances
for adults to emerge

The innocence of beginner’s mind
is open and attractive

And the pristine thought patterns
quadruple the chances
for inspiration to be sparked