new urban

Here is a second poetic inspirations in a series of photos taken by my friend and photographer, Julia Tiede-Iveson. She sent me this photo of sea urchins taking over a bed of black lava rock at Kaanapali Beach in Maui. This new ecosystem inhabited by sea urchins reminded me of the newly revitalized midtown area of Detroit.

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lava life
millennial lofts
sea urchins

 

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lonesome love

This is week is Valentine’s Week. My husband, Vinny Sal and I were married 26 years ago on the Hawaiian Island of Maui in Lahaina on Febuary 14, 1993. My friend and photographer, Julia is vacationing there this week with her family. She is sending me albums of photos she has taken and I am truly inspired!

A Maui Sunset taken at Papalaua Beach Park.

Photography by Julia Tiede-Iveson.

 

lonesome love - maui

an old tree
nothing between them
but the sea

lifting up
whispers from the waves
her prayer

faithful heart
she waits on the shore
his return

 

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polar vortex

winter blues

Photo credit goes to my fellow friend and poet, Mary Ellen Gambutti.

I survived Michigan’s Polar Vortex.

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best friends forever

My best friend since 2nd grade lost her mother last week. We both lost our fathers years ago, mine in 1990 and hers in 1993. Irrespective of our individual relationships with our mothers, the loss brings about a range of emotions. How long will I have with my own mother?

She and her younger sister have been texting me photos all week long as they comb through old photo albums. As it is certainly emotional for them, it is also emotional for me to re-live and fondly remember our childhood together.

Reluctantly, we move to the next phase of our lives without our fathers and her now without her mother. I can only wonder how long before I join her without my mother.

We hold on to the good times, the good memories, and to each other, as best friends forever.

best friends forever

 

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the guardian

guardian

 

Yesterday’s controversies of the 2019 marches – The Women’s March and The March for Life are still reverberating today.

As a woman and a Christian, I am pro-choice, which is not to say I favor abortion. My decisions are between God and myself. Not all circumstances are the same. My clarity with decisions rest in His peace.

 

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freedom of speech

freedom of speech

While some would like us to look away from the chaos and corruption of the world and imagine the world is rosy instead, evil lurks. Yes, there is too much negativity in the world. Yes, we should not add to it. But let our voices not be silenced to the evil that lurks where it wants to stay hidden among the leaves ready to hurt the vulnerable.

Yes, there is beauty in the world. It reigns at the top of the stem.

 

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writing

my passion.jpg

 

What if I lost my eyesight? Would I lose my passion too?

 

 

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beyond the window

january sun

When you are inside in Michigan and all I can think about are sunny days at my lake – Lake Michigan.

 

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