“Do you know," Peter asked, "why swallows build in the eaves of houses? It is to listen to the stories.” ~ J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan


late birthday evening, lily in my lap

watching the stars as i watch my steps,
i find poetry in the night sky,
and i apologize once again to autumn. 

there are broken branches even on this side of the door,
the inside part,
and there are bulbs that need changing,
stars gone out,
yes, even here, even on this side,
and i dangle my feet under the almost empty emma tree
and dear god, but the silence - can you not see it? -
is a gift wrapped in colors gone to bed for the night.



  1. Is it today?
    happy birthday to you
    happy birthday to you
    happy birthday dear Debi
    happy birthday to you
    ...and many more....

  2. Such tranquility in every word...



  3. gift wrapped silence.....

    can i have mine wrapped in brown kraft paper, tied with a bit of twine and some dried bittersweet.....please?

  4. The image, the words...enchantment.
    I especially love "watching the stars as I watch my step"...that evokes so much about life to me. Thanks!

  5. it says magic. sigh. magic.

    "lily in my lap" ♥

  6. Suvarna - yesterday. The image is from last night. Oh, and I caught that kiss! xoxo Thank you!

    Pixie D - Bless you. That's what I felt. xoxo

    Beth - Absolutely. Absolutely. :)

    Skye - Thank you. It was a line I almost used when responding on another blog, but I kept for myself. It felt like a self portrait in a few words. xo

    And Ms Angels (may I call you angels? lol.) It felt like magic. :)


  7. a gift wrapped in colors gone to bed for the night.
    I LOVE that, pure poetry.
    and yes, i can see it. :)

  8. Count backwards and you'll be young forever.
    Walk backwards and you'll find everything you've ever lost.
    Spell dog backwards and you will discover God.

  9. Happy belated birthday, an enchanting post.

  10. Happy, happy birthday, my friend. Happy birthday. May your year bring love and laughter and many happy surprises. Sending much love your way.

  11. it looks so beautiful .. I know this year will be wonderful ..happiest birthday to you

  12. I picture myself here, sitting with you sometimes in silence, and sometimes listening to your stories of maggie the cat, you father, and painting. Precious stories wrapped with beautiful ribbons tieing them all together in love.

  13. I love your late nite birthday thoughts... happy happy happy birthday to you.

  14. damn. I missed it.
    And I have been trying so hard to keep up....to stay current.

    Happy belated, sweet Debi.

    that tree is just wonderful...even with half the stars.
    Have you danced under the outside ones yet?


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