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, December 4, 2014


The frumpy lady in her nightgown
And cow horns on her head
Inspired strength and fortitude
Upon herself

As if plastering walls
Or shoring up foundations
With the delicacy of a rhino

Self-talk became a blur
Of mantric phrases gone senseless
Beginning with “You will”
And the ever present “You are”

Until cooked together for hours
Into a sticky tar-like substance
Silence, peace, joy, bliss even
Are welcomed here, whenever they arrive

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