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.

Thursday, October 25, 2012


There was a group of little critters
who thought my ankles were tasty fritters

Their little hearts went all a’ twitter
as they munched and crunched away

They ate fast, they didn’t dither
as chances of survival started to wither

And I walked hither and thither
so, they didn't have long to stay

This ain't a eulogy of dead bug sadness
for critters succumbed to munching madness

Because I've gleaned a bit of gladness
telling their story, I'm happy to say

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