Monday, April 30, 2012

The Breath is Familiar

Photo by Muffet - Wikipedia

The Breath is Familiar

Sitting down with an old lover
Is like lying down
With a beloved dog:
The breath is familiar
Just like the loyal adoration
Through the passage of time.

By Connie Nelson Ahlberg
Written 1996
All Rights Reserved.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

A Deer Visit: When Animals Come To Call

White-tailed Deer, female

A Deer Visit

Two days ago, I pulled into a parking spot where I live. I opened the door and began to get out of the car.

Suddenly I noticed a visitor. The guest stood over my shoulder on the top of the hill which is part of another condominium complex adjacent to where I live.

A deer with a reddish coat was eating the mint-green, new leaves off a tree. It was wonderful to pause, remaining frozen a moment, to watch my four-footed visitor.

I can't imagine how heavenly the leaves must have tasted to the deer. The first delicacy of spring!

On Sunday April 22, in the northeastern part of the state, my cousin Gina saw a deer in her yard with "afterbirth on her tail."  You have to be open to wonder to see it.

I think our suburban deer are more discreet. But Gina must be a shaman by now; she has moose eating out of the palm of her hand.

Gina and beloved friend

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Women Are Perennials

Hosta - Wikipedia

Women Are Perennials

Women become perennials;
Starting out as little green shoots;
Then to annuals, the hardest stage,
Uprooted time after time;
Until they become hostas
With wide skirts
And tall purple blossoms;
And when they gather,
In grace and dignity,
Wide leaves touching:
There is nothing
As beautiful
As they.

©1998 - Connie Nelson Ahlberg
All Rights Reserved.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Twitches and Twitches

Jumping Rabbit

Twitches and Twitches

You can pet your dog;
You can stroke your cat;
But have you ever held
A wee bunny in your lap?

Can’t scratch where it itches;
But a nose you can love:
It twitches and twitches!

By Connie Nelson Ahlberg
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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

To Lie In Arms You Trust

Paperwhite flowers - Beezhive - Wikipedia

To Lie in Arms You Trust

To lie in arms you trust;
To see a movie and laugh too much;

To read integrity's eyes
And sip coffee at sunrise;

To know that love is our garden
Time and right soil has sown;

To know God gifted me
The companion my soul has known.

Written in 1997 by Connie Nelson Ahlberg
All Rights Reserved.