A to Z Blog Challenge Meets NaPoWriMo
Theme:  It’s the Little Things
April 27, 2015

Guest Post by Crystal Thieringer of Muse & Meander:

I met Crystal almost a year and a half ago in the My 500 Words Facebook group.  An easy friendship formed, and I have been blessed to be in several incarnations of smaller writing groups with her.  I quickly learned that when one wanted the unvarnished truth about a piece of one’s writing, but truth diplomatically delivered, Crystal was the woman to seek out.  Today she takes the letter W and shares a poem she wrote about a precious, ephemeral gift she was witness to.


by Crystal Thieringer



“I saw this, I thought of you.”




Changing daily, personalities emerging




Plaintive cries, sibling rivalry, exploring together




Curiosity, new toes, clicking sounds




Testing limits, flexing muscles, finding brave




Soundless, sad, so quick




One more hour, one more day, maybe two




A call, an answer, a heartbeat response




Did you fall? Were you hurt? Were you hiding?




Go, don’t go, go, no don’t




Owlets on the rooftop


baby owls

Photo courtesy @jeffclick, Alessondra’s OKC Owl Cam. Used with permission. Thank you!


A to Z Blog Challenge Meets NaPoWriMo
Theme:  It’s the Little Things
April 25, 2015


vacuous vapidity is what i fight,
a valorous battle against
vandalism, vanity,
vilification, and vituperation;

will I vaporize and vanquish them,
be venerated for the victory?
or will I succumb, vanish into the annals
of history, unmarked and unremarkable
for typical vacillation and vacating the effort?

no matter.
i must venture again into the voracious fray,
persist in the verity-and-virtue quest,
not simply settle for verisimilitude
in the vicinity of the real.

if i must be victim,
let it be to
voluptuousness! (or should it be vision?)
and virtue!

beauty is truth keats

beauty and truth einstein


A to Z Blog Challenge Meets NaPoWriMo
Theme:  It’s the Little Things
April 24, 2015


Unlikely friendship with an unforgettable pal,
all unreal imagination and unicorn rides,
an undertaking of adventuresome risk,
a trek across tundra under wide open skies
with unforgiving clouds and unrelenting sun,
and under the canopy of stars on deep black
with undulating rainbow lights of the north.

Stretch and breathe
on a mat or a roll
under dimming studio lights;
stretch and breathe and
unearth true north,
unveil the path,
uncommon and fine.


A to Z Blog Challenge Meets NaPoWriMo
Theme:  It’s the Little Things
April 23, 2015

Tonia, Tonic, and Tonicity

tender of truth
and truest friend,
relentless wonderer
who wanders the curves;

wizard of words
with the exponential sight,
who connects the unlikely
and stirs deep, rich silt;

ardent seeking,
steadfast fierce

a grace I daily receive,
the water I’m glad is still there

fervid focus
but a kangaroo mind,
a paradox with powerful wings

the rein will only break your hand;
climb on and twine the mane,
hold on, lie low,
and fly,
feel muscles ripple and tense
below the wind and sleek skin,
remark on the power, but not aloud;
preserve the trance

the sugar cube won’t always do

she’ll walk the world
to find the beauty,
to overturn rocks
to turn up laughter
that keeps the teflon coat cracked

a phoenix will flame you,
flummox and grieve,
rekindle, flare back, form up and present,
reassemble, and faithful attend

it is not as we thought;
in fact, the butterfly
is the collector of beauty,
the netter, the trapper,
the close-scrying eye.



A to Z Blog Challenge Meets NaPoWriMo
Theme:  It’s the Little Things
April 21, 2015

For today’s R post, my good friend, Tonia Hurst, and I decided to collaborate and cross-post today.  She supplied the gorgeous photo, and from it, I reflected and came up with an odd little specimen of a poem.  Hope you enjoy the fruits of our pleasant labors.  You can read her blog at The Vast and Inscrutable Imponderabilities of Life, which is every bit as fascinating as it sounds. 

Tonias Reflection

“Reflection,” (c) Antonia Hurst, 2015

Reflect (-ion, -s, -ing, -ed)

welds and burnished copper, iron, steel,
brassy rainbows on the surface of the sea

looking inward
shining out

i see
i shudder
i turn away

paint on water
pain on paper
papers on pain
and ponderous thoughts

children pull back wizard curtains,
unveil the truths we’d rather hide;
my students show my gaps, my cracks,
and mirror my sometime polished spots;
the mirrors of my
self, my
words lay bare
the covert soul;

cast back my friends,
friends give back me,
resonant admixture
and mutual rebound;

fuzzy edges and colors just mute
that ripple with the waves,
string tornadoes of light
and cones of brushed self,
pillars of light in the wilderness years;

the kid in the window
is copying me!

i see
i shudder
i look anyway


A to Z Blog Challenge Meets NaPoWriMo
Theme:  It’s the Little Things
April 20, 2015


The embodiment,
the purest distillation,
the deepest spirit.

The deepest spirit of a thing,
like whisky’s fire and rose petal flame,
             purifier of dross, alloy,
             and half-hearted blend;
too strong, so strong,
like a perfect poem, well-timed and tight,
on point, no peel,
a nerve exposed,
a currency wire.

Were we the quintessence of ourselves,
we might be the intensest things,
the Moses of the shining face,
cloth-covered and unbearable to sight:
the shine, the hum, the shock,
the blue-eyed energy burn.


O? No.

A to Z Blog Challenge Meets NaPoWriMo
Theme:  It’s the Little Things
April 17, 2015


unexpected note_crop
the note in my box



that spoke straight

to the axe-pick of

doubt and critique,

spoke kindness and courage

to the vacuum-space

around my head,


that tipped me,

undid me…



the gesture,

the unsigned note,


my response,

much like this post,

overturning the day,

switching O for U.


A to Z Blog Challenge Meets NaPoWriMo
Theme:  It’s the Little Things
April 16, 2015


No Rush

Alarm clock intrudes;
I start awake, but fall back
in, under wave, sleep.

Resistance comes hard
when I’m told to fuss and rush;
flexibility, please.

Hot shower water,
warm beds, coffee: some things should
be savored slowly.


all great achievements require time