Snow Day

The woods are covered in down,
that rain slowly dilutes
into puddles.
I put a few puzzle pieces in their place
then settle in by the fire to crochet.
Snow day,
a good excuse to be lazy.
©2020 Sharron R. McMillan

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Wet Soggy Woods


More fungi

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yikes

Wind is howling around us
branches and trees falling,
gusts shake the house.
I don’t like winter storms.
And though I feel safe inside
by a warm fire
I’d rather it would
stop blowing.

This tree just blew down out in the woods. We watched the Pileated Woodpecker pecking at it the other day. Hope he doesn’t think it’s his fault.

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Snow Is Coming

Frost on moss

Forecast is for snow.
We’re ready:
– a new jigsaw puzzle started on the table
– pantry full of food
– woodshed stacked with firewood
– and new balls of yarn
Let it snow. . .

©2020 Sharron R. McMillan

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Silence


“The ego uses words to get what it wants. When we are in an argument with our family, friends, or colleagues, that is what we do. We pull out the words that give us power, make us look right or superior, and help us win the argument. But words at that level are rather useless and even dishonest and destructive.
The soul does not use words. It surrounds words with space, and that is what I mean by silence. Silence is a kind of wholeness. It can absorb contraries, paradoxes, and contradictions. Maybe that is why we do not like silence. There is nothing to argue about in true inner silence, and the mind likes to argue. It gives us something to do. The ego loves something it can take sides on. Yet true interior silence does not allow you to take sides. That is one reason contemplation is so liberating and calming. There are no sides to take and only a wholeness to rest in—which frees us to act on behalf of love.”

~Richard Rohr

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Quietness

Rain and wind
compete for power outside.

The house is still.
Cat purrs.
Fire crackles.
Nothing else.

Outside turmoil.
Inside peace.

©2020 Sharron R. McMillan

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Bathing Away the Blues

soaking in the tub

Rain, wind, cold.
I fill our antique claw foot bathtub
with hot lavender scented water
and submerge my body
and my thoughts.
Gratitude
for clean, safe water
washes over me
and I pray for those not as fortunate
in our world.
Everyone should have clean, fresh
water to drink and bathe in.
How hard is that!

©2020 Sharron R. McMillan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Kiwi Harvest

Kiwi Harvest

Lots of rain and a touch of frost,
perfect time to harvest the kiwi.
They are delicious cut in half
and eaten with a spoon.
Wonderful way to get Vitamin C.

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Raining Again

Raining again
cold out too,
now I’m wondering
what to do.

Warm the kitchen
make someone smile too,
bake some cookies
that’s what I’ll do.

©2020 Sharron R. McMillan

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Wind

wind chimes

Wind –
unsettling,
frantic,
makes me antsy;
branches fall, leaves whirl,
sleep is disturbed,
power goes out. ..

then I hear the wind chimes –
calm, serene,
gentle notes
transform fear
and discomfort
into peace.

©2020 Sharron R. McMillan

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Some Don’t Mind

Hummingbirds are still coming to the feeder
And a daisy is in bloom in the window box.
It may be the middle of winter
but some plants
and critters
don’t seem to mind.

©2020 Sharron R. McMillan

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New Year’s Day

Moss on stump

Christmas is packed back into the old cedar trunk,
presents are finding places in the house and shop.
Looking forward instead of back
I pray the joy of the season will not stop.

May peace be the goal we walk towards
in our homes and in our land.
May love be our motive
and justice the ideal for which we stand.

©2020 Sharron R. McMillan

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Happy New Year


2020

May it be a year of clear vision
and kind perspective
and may all the dark spots
just be passing floaters.

Wishing you and yours a very blessed and happy New Year.

©2020 Sharron R. McMillan

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On The Edge of a New Year

 

Photo: Kenneth Andrew McMillan

Like standing on the edge of a white sand beach
when the tide is low and the sky is clear
Nothing mars the perfect landscape
devoid of all regrets or fear.

©2019 Sharron R. McMillan

 

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To Do List at the End of the Year

Photograph: Sharron R. McMillan

Empty the laundry hamper, catch up, get it done.
Deal with procrastination piles;
finish or get rid of what you know you’ll never finish.
Clean the house, a very important year is arriving.
De-clutter, Recycle. Start fresh.
For every new gift you put away, give one old item to the thrift shop.
Freely receive, freely give.
Buy new toothbrushes for everyone.
Throw out all the unidentified objects in the back of the fridge.
Wipe it clean.
Pay all the bills with grateful heart that you have all you need.
Start the new year owing no one.
Get out the nibbles and snacks
and be thankful for those who want to spend
endings and beginnings with you.

©2016 Sharron R. McMillan

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