Most every work day for more than 11 years, Dena wrote 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. It became our practice to share the Daily Napkin with you, OUR ritual of the heart. Then, in October 2015, Marshal retired, so the whole dynamic changed. Dena took several months to re-evaluate and decide what she was going to do. Since she is also simplifying, she is in the process of incorporating all 8 (including this one) websites into one. With that in mind, the poetry of the napkin is now joined with her art and/or photography images. May you enjoy them. May they feed your spirit.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Daily Napkin for Wednesday, January 13, 2010


One full turning
of a life, of the year,
of the month, the week
One full turning
each moment
Spirals within spirals
In and out again
'round and 'round
Love expresses
in all its aspects


Mother, teach me
of the grace, the exquisite
turning of the seasons
This morning I awoke
upon a sky full of diamonds
nestled in mists
and chilled cheeks and toes
Muddy greetings through foggy breath
shivering spined awake
Teach me to remember
my connection to the path

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