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, July 18, 2012

Perfect Stick

Mourning Dove
sat on the compost pile

Moving her head to and fro
inspecting the sticks sticking out

She’d grab first one
and then another tight in her beak

Only to drop and hop
to another section

Finally, with chest puffed up
she’d found the perfect stick

Flying off with it to build
another flimsy nest

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