© Penny Frost McGinnis
On days your blue skies
and joy seems like a star flung
light years from earth...
reflect on hope~
I imagine hope as tiny rays of sunlight
that sneak through clouds
after a rainstorm.
The same magical rays that form a rainbow.
Perhaps you see it in the eyes of a child.
One who stumbles and balances
and stumbles again~
as he learns to put one foot in front of the other.
Or maybe you smell it
when you bury your nose in sweet honeysuckle.
I see hope in you, in your future,
in your dreams my friend.
garbage buried under yesterday's snow
blooms along fence rows
and street corners.
Breezy summer's day
Steamy hot tea, lemon
Pond ripples lapping sand
The Secrets of Springtime
The wood was calling out to me
To come out and explore.
The squirrels skittered happily
Across the forest floor.
The maple trees bent and bowed
From all the life inside.
The mockingbird called out my name
As I ran to hide.
Snake skins stretched along the trail
Where once their bodies slithered.
Worms and bugs crawled in and out
Where fern and trillium withered.
Jack-in-the-pulpit had lived here
Now Indian Pipe has grown.
The blue violet just a memory,
The seeds of spring has sown.
The secrets of the springtime woods
Call out to me each year.
While bluebirds sing out joyfully
As summertime creeps near.
Treasuring my time with just you.
and faithful classics.
She sat- cross-legged.
Tortoise shell spectacles,
chocolate eyes- focused, intent.
She slurped up Janie's story
Like a child slurps alphabet soup.
Letter after letter
forming words, thoughts,
As the world walked by on Friday afternoon.
Perched atop a stool.
Legs moved like windmill blades on a lazy summer day.
A chocolate bar, paper peeled, teeth marks.
Squiggly milk mustache painted his upper lip.
His eyes fixed on the
Knights and dragons who battled across the page.
Did they fight over the last bite of chocolate?
Or the last drop of milk?
Or did the dragon roast marshmallows for so'mores?
mistflower--a fuzzy-headed lavender feast
adorned by arrow leaves
nectar for the sachem skipper (butterfly)