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, June 6, 2012


Shiny dark green

That one large leaf up there
waves frantically, lyrically
all by itself, seeking attention
from the silent crowd below it

• • •

Like love, the ivy never gives up
I pull it off the fence
dig up the roots, cut branches
and it keeps on coming

Growing in tendrils
until once again
Love rules my heart

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