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, April 23, 2014

Ode to My Toes

How about those toes?

Once around the block
Or once around a lifetime

They’ve helped me keep my balance
In even the most unsettling times
• • •
A portrait of my toes
I once portrayed in blues
Like Picasso or a kindergartner
In oils on canvas

• • •

On tippy, running, relaxing
Or dancing, twirling, stomping

The toes have it
They win my vote
And gratitude

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Blessed Mud

Down in the valley
the small pool is hidden
from the sun

There, for blessed moments each day,
The fireflies glow and the mosses know peace

And, the lotus opens
in a burst of beauty
Toes sunk deep
In the murk and the mud

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Tree Freeway

That same hidden branch there
That in the winter shown
Seemed not to fit, to be askew

Traversing space where
No other branches see fit to

It is the freeway ramp
The well-used connector
From all directions
For little squirrel

Who sat contemplating
In the sunlight
For a warm moment this morning….

Before zooming
down the on ramp
Once more

Thursday, April 17, 2014


We can ask for simplicity

All of our needs
And wants met
In a clear, simple way

As we dance
among the stars
Waving our arms
in exultant celebration

Ever hopeful, ever full
Of love and joy

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

In All Seriousness

Back in the routine
Of day to day today
As the waters rise
And the bottom falls out

And all the little fairies
And angels tap dance
On the head of a pin

And here I am
Again and again
Laughing to myself

At my self
And my silly seriousness