sunsrise at Cape San Blas



Riding the shores again

Paddling the waving path

Wondering ‘round the bend

With pumping pulling grasp

Pushing into sunset

Then sailing into stars

I’ve dreams I’ll never forget

Like lightening bugs in jars

Wink, shine, and rise to fly

In the salted mist

Like lemon lighted eyes

Set upon waves to drift

My fire winds skyward

My sparks sail along the shore

My pen writes rhyme-words

My spirit shines my core



Charming Chicken


charming chicken

Ode to the charming chicken

That finely feathered friend

With a scratch scratch peck

We introduce the noble hen.

She observes with watching eye

Each verdant grassy blade

And turns them all up under

Like a ruffled garden spade.

She hunts the earthen critter

Silently bobbing as she stalks

Gobbling loathsome wormies

From ‘neath the weedy walks.

‘Round solemn veggie gardens

Sounds out her joyous cluck

As she rules as queen almighty

Over all nutritious muck.

How gallantly she stands

Poised posed upon one leg

A warrior maiden guarding

One nifty gentle egg.

Ruling backyard abode

Preserving precious clutch

A trustworthy true bulwark

Promenading upon her hutch.

Long live the plucky chicken

Held in our hearts so dear

May she strut and stride in backyards

Both far way and near.



Little Mercies


Zoe and a Tea Olive

Praise God for little mercies

To be thankful all the day

For without t’would be empty

With no cause for song and play.


O praise Him for the sunshine

Which awakens springtime leaves,

And for the quiet nighttime

Softening the heated breeze.


Wind ‘round woods unveiling trails

And climb upon clouded peaks

To wish on stars with streaking tails

And sing with feathered beaks.


But flowers on the window sill

And twitchy kitty tails

Inspire praise with equal skill

As mountains and blue whales


It’s in roundish river rocks

And gecko’s marv’lous feet

It’s in snail’s sultry eyes on stalks

And every baby you meet


For glory hides in tiny things

It’s the details that enthrall

Gratitude removes the blinders

To see His fingerprints on the small.


The Root of Happiness


Boardwalk at Cape San Blas

I need… less.

To be satisfied with things that are by nature satisfying is happiness.

To sacrifice valuable things for less valuable things is anxiety.

Things that are valuable but

are mostly underrated.

Things that seem valuable but are mostly overrated.





  • Healthy food.
  • Handmade Christmas presents.
  • Cleanliness.
  • Sit-down family dinner.
  • Sunshine after a thunderstorm.
  • Serious conversation.
  • Flexibility.
  • Craft projects with children.
  • Hot coffee in the morning on the porch swing.
  • A walk in the woods.
  • Bible reading.
  • Writing a poem.
  • Having a best friend.
  • Bedtime stories.
  • Clean water.
  • A good reputation.
  • Prime time television.
  • French fries and soda.
  • Name brand clothes.
  • Accolades.
  • Social media.
  • Doing things faster.
  • Alcohol tolerance.
  • Talking cool.
  • A good selfie.
  • Eating out.
  • Diamonds.
  • Drugs.
  • Diversified portfolio.
  • A clear complexion.
  • Big television sets.
  • The corporate ladder.
  • Car loans.
  • Status updates.
  • Mowed lawn.
  • More.


Now godliness with contentment is great gain.  For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.  And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content.  But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. I Timothy 6: 6-7