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, August 20, 2014

First Meeting

Their first meeting…
a faded drop of paint
off in a plain section of washes
as if the brush was afraid of the paper

The background of pastel strangers
sketched with tenuous bristle
into hours of exuberant meeting

The images of tree and bush
river near lake, appeared
a landscape of love becoming
tendrils and clouds emerging

Like the constructs of humans
the garden wall was built
and covered with vines almost instantly

So strong the urge to grow and flower
celebrating each day of life together

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