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, May 5, 2010


The walkers walked
in the crisp of morning
birds barely awake
hush of night lingering

On bright windy days
cats hiding out
ruffled fur hunkering

In the warm caress of evening
dogs on their leashes
busy days settling

Under moon and stars
owls silent in flight
the world is sleeping

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