Most every work day for more than 10 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.

Monday, August 31, 2015


intense below the surface
vibrant at its center
like a fiery rainbow
misting through the cells

feelings permeated
infiltrated, illuminated
charged the moment

upon expression
created movement
instigated experiences
catalyzed growth

Friday, August 28, 2015

Little Miss Sunshine

Little Miss Sunshine
was all growed up and everything

Living in the back washes
of the carnival/rodeo thingy
she’d been there for years
most of her life, it seemed

Herded there by a cloudy character
of undefined purposes
in a nefarious attempt
to cloud her light

She couldn’t help it
shine is what she was
and shine is what she did

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Eternal Optimist

Ever the optimist
always doing the “right” thing

Waiting patiently
for the inevitable good ending
right outcome

Putting in ever more elbow grease
effort unceasing

Dealing with cards dealt
finding the lining
or at least hints of it

With smile and hope
and bits of sparkle

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

What Do You Say?

“Embrace the impossible,”
was all that she said
Yet like a digging vole
it got ensconced within his head

So blessings came and went
and miracles happened when knees bent

Life stretched to encompass
experience rich and deep
whenever ideas and actions
like a fine cup of tea steeped

• • •

One word, two, or maybe, three

can change the world, and do
every day, all the time

So, what do you say?

Monday, August 24, 2015

Crucible of Life

Distilled essence emerges when still
having gone through the fire

Crucible of life
instilled with light
heat of passionate emotion

Deep thirst quenched
at the eternal spring 
spirit's grace

Refreshing , soothing
awakened, still