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.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Spring's Path

Down the lane of sticker bushes
where juicy berries
are plentiful in summer
just now tiny buddings appear

And the path meanders off
muddy and abandoned
for a season or a lifetime
toward the wooded part of my mind

Wild and overgrown with song
in full summer it had been

Now sullen and mysterious
yet quickening again
As once more I choose
to walk upon it

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