long roads – cycling

Wisconsin has a rolling heart of the country beauty. Living near the city we often forget how wide and bountiful the US is. Although on climbs there is often only one thought in mind, the next pedal stroke, I find cycling a good place to work on poems. It can be a solitary moving meditation, a place to pray.

Chris coming up a long hill

Chris coming up a long hill

After three days on the road, a stay at a legendary bad motel “Ikes”, and a thirty mile stretch of rolling hills, a glass of New Glarus Old Milwaukee Belgian Red hits the spot. Hunger may be the best sauce, but this Lambic like brew which tasted of cherries is the single best beer I have known.

Near the Fox River’s gentle boundaries Daffodils peek forth amongst the trees Iridescent in winter’s defiance As I and spring silently passed them by I did not stop and tarry there Though in Summer heat they’ll wane and fade And yes, I loved their beauty dearly But had places to be and promises already made

Near the Fox River’s gentle boundaries
Daffodils peek forth amongst the trees
Iridescent in winter’s defiance
As I and spring silently passed them by
I did not stop and tarry there
Though in Summer heat they’ll wane and fade
And yes, I loved their beauty dearly
But had places to be and promises already made


musings on poetry and elbows

I have a friend who I sometimes ask to preview my poetry for her opinion. Read the rest of this entry »


rebirth through tears

A lovely post from Esengs’s voice inspired this haiku Read the rest of this entry »


mosquito – poem

In which it is discovered a broken hand one day out of the splint is not quite healed. Read the rest of this entry »


matcha and memories

I wrote a poem, originally posted at my fiction blog as a writing prompt for Madison Woods. Read the rest of this entry »


pain — poem

the pain my hand subsides, but there are other types of pain as well Read the rest of this entry »


burdens

been reading a fascinating book “Parenting from the inside out”, about the mind and how consciousness develops, and how socal bonds, and parental bonds are crucial to proper development in children. After quiet reflection… Read the rest of this entry »


mastery — haiku

Ron Mohr, Sifu and brilliant martial artist, often spoke to us about perfect practice and repetition blending the mind and the movement until they became one.

Ten thousand motions
Seasons, balanced, unchanging
Assimilated

Bruce Lee, movie star, martial artist philosopher, once said:

“Self-knowledge involves relationship. To know oneself is to study one self in action with another person. Relationship is a process of self evaluation and self revelation. Relationship is the mirror in which you discover yourself – to be is to be related.”
― Bruce Lee

Under the watchful eye of Sifu Mohr, we watched and studied movement balance and footwork. We learned our limits, we learned ten thousand things. Understand that life is a dance, and become a master of it.


tangent – poem, reason 2 rhyme

little scribble for reason 2 rhyme
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college girl – reason to rhyme

little scribble for reason 2 rhyme

poem comparing two days in history yesterday and today… Read the rest of this entry »