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, August 14, 2014

Rock of Love

as a child, he depended upon
hanging on tenuous hooks
prepared for fun and silliness
unmitigated play amongst
heaps of adult minefields

the knowing piled up high
in his gut of guts

no matter what
the insidious circumstances
there was the rock of his father’s love
tethered and bonded in an ocean of emotion

as a man, there exists calm fortitude
while they grow softly closer
in age, maturity, and wisdom

even while physical distance gaps
growing space separates with a padding of love

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