Deep Innate Calling

consider the draw
of a languid landscape
feel the admiration
appreciation for
a rugged mountain range
rolling hills
massive glaciers
endless shorelines

within these stones
are stories older than our life time
within these stones
find a stillness
that rises from deep within the earth

a stillness lay
day after day
in one place

is it the yearning for peace
deep serene stillness
that has our eyes sweeping vast vistas
walking treasured lands
creating likeness of their images as art

consider the gifts of our landscapes
are we not born of the soil
perhaps it is a deep innate calling
to feel wanderlust
for the mystery
that lie beneath our feet
to find mystery
within our hearts

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas
and a wonderful Holiday Season!

Visit OSI to read poems by others for the prompt: wanderlust


Whitefish Review, literary journal

Please celebrate with me!

Today the Whitefish Review has released their winter 2009/2010 issue of their Art, Literature, Photography Journal.

My photograph 'Icy Pastels' is the cover!

Tonight is the release party, so if you are in the neighborhood be sure to stop by:

You are cordially invited to an evening of
good company, dessert, libations & the
unveiling of the 6th issue of Whitefish Review.

Thursday, December 17th
7 o’clock in the evening

Crush Wine Bar
124 Central Avenue
Whitefish, Montana

Readings by young authors Katie McGunagle and Mason Brubaker,
followed by the poetry of Lowell Jaeger and a short story by featured author Pete Fromm.

Art and photos from past and current contributors on display, plus the music of Frank O’Brien.

Sponsored by Crush Wine Bar, Montana Coffee Traders, and the Montana Arts Council

cover photo by Tammie Lee

The Whitefish Review is a new literary journal based in Whitefish, Montana that publishes fiction, non-fiction, poetry, art, photography, and interviews, with a slant toward mountain culture.


Raindrops and a Spider's Web

jewels of rain
grace a gossamer net of silk
washing away dust
one drop at a time
cleansing can be this way

Visit OSI to read others poems inspired by: spiderwebs

As for Spirit Lake from my previous post, I have learned it is
actually called Spotted Lake.
It is 9 km west of Osoyoos, BC. The lake contains one of the world’s highest concentrations of minerals. Here is one link: Spotted Lake, BC


Spirit like a Lighthouse

spirit like a lighthouse
illumines where truth is breached
light turning and returning
shinning on our dismay
light turning and returning
edging us along our way
light turning then returning
encouraging us to sway
light turning then returning
till we live a vital way
spirit like a lighthouse
never completely goes away

I am told this is Spirit Lake
that it always looks like this
so ~ it is not ice
perhaps minerals?
Photo taken at sunset, shooting into the sun (oh dear)
Visit OSI: poetry by other poets for Lighthouse