Sprinkle of Gold

a trail of love springs forth with morning gloriesas rain disperses drops, on steaming, searing sandtemperate waves leave kisses on briny shoresalike a ring placed on the ankle of a new bridemoonlight is tasting the glitter of dusk in Valenciaan artist captures musical notes and the heartsof women dancers, on canvas, his wife, and one […]

Read More Sprinkle of Gold

My Honey Bee

Like honey the smell of the pink feathery blooms of the mimosaAre my contemplations of your wrinkled brow when I shall weepKnowing already, tender wounds which drip blood, that cut deep Dressings are indulgent shadows of a multitude of kisses laid softTo divert recollections that burden the holes where tears do pourFoulness one tries to […]

Read More My Honey Bee

River’s Song

I hide within her rolling peaks and float with ferns that line the river Playing the snapping turtle’s shell pulsating sounds echo in rhythm Scarlet Tanagers singing along with warblers from their thin branches Water moccasins slither like ribbons in the wind close to her long lip Young Blue-fronted Dancers perform a colorful salsa within […]

Read More River’s Song

Psalm to Twilight

Sweet the twilight tears of yesterday where hope exist in our glorious worldGod illuminating the nighttime, the moon and stars light the corridor of our pathMoonbeams kiss the dark hours bringing forth the white MoonflowerNocturnal moths drawn to its scent to pollinate the center of the five-pointed star Synchronizing their flashing as they dance while […]

Read More Psalm to Twilight

Joni Jazz – Head Down Low

When I was a little girl, my parents encouraged me to sing. When they would drink a bit but still be able to function, they would take me to a building in Fayetteville, NC. I was in third grade. I had written lots of simple songs that were similar to those on the radio. Country […]

Read More Joni Jazz – Head Down Low

Pause

my heart paused todaywind took my bright scarf to seaall I saw was you Haiku by Joni 12/31/19 – Picture taken by my husband and best friend

Read More Pause

Gratitude

Whispering waters and Loblolly pinesCarolina wrens and Blaze red maplesBreath gave birth to My Father’s earth. Spanish moss and Candleflame LichenDissipate the earthen lands belowWhere My Lord placed kindred beasts. Warming beams creating patinas of colorHoneysuckle and White Butterfly GingerBlooming perfumed color into God’s air. Plentiful harvests adorn tabletops fruitfullyGenerations of seeds germinate family loveRising […]

Read More Gratitude

The Lonely Sailor (Part 2)

For Part One click here (Reading time for Part 2 is 6 minutes and 19 seconds) Conscious of the thin sea mist that was clinging to my body, I licked my lips, tasting a hint of salt. My big browns were taking in an exciting array of individuals walking around the boardwalk. Among the men, […]

Read More The Lonely Sailor (Part 2)

Lonely Sailor (Part One)

I was stealing out into the darkness of the summer night at sixteen. My senses were still on high alert. I quietly close the basement door of my first unshared bedroom. My parents were lifeless, and when last I did dare to peek into their room, my father lay naked as did my mother on […]

Read More Lonely Sailor (Part One)