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, September 17, 2012

Blessed Gardener

The gardener tends each tendril
for hours and hours
Weeding out some
so the preferred may grow

Lovingly nurturing, tying and feeding
watering and talking
instilling nutrients sublime

And now, the fruits of labor
sweet and succulent
green and rich

Ah, a blessed life
for the one who blesses life
with hand and effort
time and toil

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