Their Finchy Beaks

“In the fields
we let them have-
in the fields
we don’t want yet-

where thistles rise
out of the marshlands of spring, and spring open-
each bud
a settlement of riches-

a coin of reddish fire-
the finches
wait for midsummer,
for the long days,

for the brass heat,
for the seeds to begin to form in the hardening thistles,
dazzling as the teeth of mice,
but black,

filling the face of every flower.
Then they drop from the sky.
A buttery gold,
they swing on the thistles, they gather

the silvery down, they carry it
in their finchy beaks
to the edges of the fields,
to the trees,

as though their minds were on fire
with the flower of one perfect idea-
and there they build their nests
and lay their pale-blue eggs,

every year,
and every year
the hatchlings wake in the swaying branches,
in the silver baskets,

and love the world.
Is it necessary to say any more?
Have you heard them singing in the wind, above the final fields?
Have you ever been so happy in your life?”

~ Mary Oliver.

Keep the light

“Deep in their roots, all flowers keep the light.” ~ Theodore Roethke

Photo by Richard Fogg

Various points of view

“It is a narrow mind which cannot look at a subject from various points of view.” ~ George Eliot

Photo by Richard Fogg

Stand tall and find the sunlight

“I want to be like a sunflower so that even on the darkest days I will stand tall and find the sunlight.” ~ Unattributed

Photo by Richard Fogg


A flying attitude

“I never hear the word ‘escape’
Without a quicker blood,
A sudden expectation,
A flying attitude.”

~ Emily Dickinson

Photo by Richard Fogg

Into that darkness peering

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Book trailer! A Serenade to Die For

A sultry singer. Her hunky ex-boyfriend. His stolen hot rod and her kidnapped father. The chase is on!

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A compass in their bones