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.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010


Let's eat peaches ripe
in the sunshine bright
Sweet juice down the chin
manna for the tastebuds
Flavor curls around
the tongue and cheeks
Down to the rough pit
and bits clinging to it
Sticky faces raised
to warmth and light
Give thanks from every cell
every part of us

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