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, May 28, 2014


On the edge of the wild
Strawberries flourish
Wearing their seeds
Like porcupine spines

Where tame and free meet
Intersecting in rare moments
Of recognition and empathy
Our hearts mingled

One can be grounded without roots
Hair flailing in the wind
Two can spin and spin
In the twirling winds of change

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