Friday, March 9, 2018

Susana's Tree

Beautiful creation by talented Susana Rodriguez

by Joyce Kilmer

I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.

A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast;

A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;

A tree that may in Summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;

Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.

Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.

Source: Poetry (August 1913).
Joyce Kilmer (1886–1918) was an American writer and poet mainly remembered for his short poem titled “Trees” (1913), published in the collection Trees and Other Poems (1914). A prolific poet whose works celebrated the common beauty of the natural world as well as his religious faith, Kilmer was also a journalist, literary critic, lecturer, and editor. While most of his works are largely unknown, a select few of his poems remain popular and are published frequently in anthologies.

Paul Robeson (1898-1976) sings the poem “Trees” by Joyce Kilmer.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

In the Bleak Midwinter

Parador de La Granja de San Idelfonso, Spain

In the bleak midwinter
Frost wind made moan
Earth stood
Hard as iron
Water like a stone
Snow had fallen
Snow on snow

Snow on snow
In the bleak midwinter
Long ago

Our god
Heaven cannot hold him
Nor earth sustain
Heaven and Earth
Shall flee away
When he comes to reign
In the bleak midwinter
A stable place sufficed
The lord God almighty
Jesus Christ

Angels and archangels
May have gathered there
Cherubim and seraphim
Thronged the air
But his mother only
In her maiden bliss
Worshiped the beloved
With a kiss

What can I give him
Poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd
I would bring a lamb
If I were a wise man
I would do my part

What I can I give him?
Give my heart
-Christina Rossetti, English poet, 1872

#loreenamckennitt #inthebleakmidwinter #poetry #englishbards #jacobcollier#instrumental #snow #jesus #worship #spain #europe #peakyblinders#together #paraguas #umbrella

Friday, February 16, 2018

Holiday Planning in February

The Historic Old Mission Santa Barbara, California

While in the US the number of unused vacation days has reached an all time high, Europeans continue to take vacation planning very seriously and begin thinking about summer and fall getaways, formulating their dream trips, almost as soon as Christmas is over. Unlike so many of my American counterparts, who feel guilty taking time off in our workaholic culture, I find it's such a nice healthy mental escape during the dreary days of January and February, not to mention actual time away! It lightens your spirit with hopeful expectations of looking forward to someplace and something wonderful in the months to come. Last September was one of those times I'll treasure forever; three weeks staying with @thatferalchick, meeting my now dearest @feldtkeller and his family, seeing @risas_peaces and some best girlfriends, sisters really, for a weekend of sharing.
It's dreary outside now, but sunshining inside with all our new plans.

#travel #travellingthroughtheworld #momvisits #daughters #ilovetravel#travelling #viajando #nottooold #europe #santabarbara #camissions#workaholic #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #mentalescape#sisterhood

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Listen to the Voice

Listen to the voice that speaks within your heart,
a whisper set against the roaring tide;
softly calls the voice that’s set apart.

The world calls loud and clear and smart.
But what the world shouts is but a din;
listen to the voice that speaks within your heart.

Or someone says, Come, I know your heart!
And lures you with all things bright and false;
softly calls the voice that’s set apart.

Then down the crooked road you make a start
But hesitate and falter by the way;
listen to the voice that speaks within your heart.

Then turning back, you find you’ve lost the chart,
and way darkens unto way—and all seems lost;
softly calls the voice that’s set apart.

So you, my friend, find yourself alone.
Or not alone at all, for one calls, “Come!”:
Listen to the voice that speaks within your heart
Softly calls the voice that’s set apart.

Good friend, David Holper has done a little bit of everything: taxi driver, fisherman, dishwasher, bus driver, soldier, house painter, bike mechanic, bike courier, and teacher. He has published a number of stories and poems, including one collection of poetry, 64 Questions. His poems have appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies, and he has recently won several poetry competitions. He teaches English at College of the Redwoods and lives in Eureka, California.

Monday, January 1, 2018


Happy 2018! It's still Christmas in Spain, until Epiphany, Three Kings Day, January 6th. Little children visiting the Magi in the malls, like those visits with Santa in the States, decorations stay up and many, like me, are thankful they don't return to work until Monday, January 8th.
#epiphany #reyesmagos #spanishlife#Magi #Astorga #luces #agradecida#estrellas #navidad #feliznavidad#felizañonuevo