“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


reverb11: one word

this morning a crow above the jeep, circling, circling, looping smaller, lazing lower, circling, circling, then landing.  the middle of the road for no particular reason.  just sitting.  breathing.  

one word.  
encapsulate the year 2011 in one word. 
explain why you're choosing that word. 
now, imagine it's one year for today.  
what would you like the word to be that captures 2012 for you?


still underground,
planted deep but moving towards the sun,
about to break through, hard pushing against the winter earth growth.
the pressure of the whole world on your shoulders
as you push and push and shove and finally crack the surface growth.
not enough rain growth.
too much sun and too much cold wind growth.

beginning: a tiny seed fetal position sleeping turning my head away.

that which doesn't kill you makes you stronger.

last year i said 2011 would be softness.
it was.
i melted.
i fell into tears and they fed me and i grew.

a year from now?
the verb.

1. to grow well or luxuriantly;  2. to do well or prosper;  3. to be in a period of highest productivity, excellence or influence; 4. to make bold sweeping movements.

all of those.



  1. oh, yes! yes, yes, yes! to all of it, and all of those. yes.

  2. Amen and amen. I love this and you. Let's flourish together, yes?

  3. oh yes flourish. i was thinking of action for myself ... because i tend to just dream about doing things, and i thought next year should be all about action. getting things done!

  4. Growth is a rhythm; sometimes so slow it’s imperceptible. It’s not measured in height, but in breadth, in span that hands cannot hold. Your words reach a span that the universe cannot hold; my eyes well up at what your words can say; every word a wonder.

  5. Oh my very very goodness. I love this. (I'm also linking to it in my sidebar of very very goodness.)

  6. Yes, I like that word very much. I may have to steal it too!

  7. I like this. I know you are growing strong and more beautiful each and everyday. All the best with flourish!

  8. this is beautiful. i love your thoughts and the way you're using these words.

  9. i love love that word ..cannot say i have read the definition late ly its amazing!!

    i never pick words but I would pick this one!!!

  10. You have a gift for choosing the most beautiful words. And they always work their magic on you. Since I've known you...well, read you. :)


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