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.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Thoughts in Kind

With single-minded purpose
all things can be accomplished

In what purpose are you
investing your thoughts?

Friday, July 24, 2015


Contaminated by the Love Bug
their tactics were incorrigible
unpredictable and unstoppable

It was as if they were driven
by a superhuman power

Bouts of uncommon compassion
tainted thoroughly by wave after wave
of unconditional love
spreading virally

The fresh outbreak took on
pandemic proportions
leaving them all in a state
of overwhelming bliss

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Wisdom's Tree

Settled into the bones of it
sunk deep into the essence
a seed of confidence sprouts

How solid the ground?
How bright the travails?

Watered in time with sweat and tears
fed in truth by life’s substance
hardened by brisk breezes of reason

A tree of wisdom grows
on the bank of age’s pond

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Summer Morning

Sunlight trickled through the trees
tumbled lightly onto me
caressed my cheek with warmth
dappled my thoughts and senses

Awakened sparks in dewy moisture
left behind by sprinkler’s grace
and in steamy tears on my face

Remnants of joy’s expression
tattooing the cheeks
staccato rivulets

And, all the while, my spirit soared
brilliance conquers in dabs and shifts
until tickled trees dance laughing

Monday, July 20, 2015


 Once I had so many words
without depth of meaning
pretty words

Now, I have meaning
sometimes with no words