Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Monday, June 29, 2009

Sunday, June 28, 2009

shine a little light

When the setting for human rights
is switched to the 'on' position
in every country
for every person
on this beautiful blue planet,
then even the darkest passage
will be illuminated.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

the big apple

went down to New York City on Thursday
for my niece's graduation.
spent more time traveling from Vermont to New York and back again
than I spent in that pulsing city
but the trip was worth every jitter-glitter minute.

Friday, June 26, 2009


the weather can't seem to make up its mind...
typical for Vermont, really,
this bit of rain, bit of sun.
makes for steamy walks in rain coats
and drenching walks in shorts

Thursday, June 25, 2009

this old house is protected

by a cat on the second floor porch roof

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

for better or worse

with every choice we make
we do exactly that.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

the works

This railroad-car diner in Northhampton, Massachusetts
claimed to be open
and there was a bicycle parked outside
but it looked like a place
where only ghosts go to eat.

Monday, June 22, 2009

portrait in stone

on main street
a band of stone skirting the brick facade
reveals this image
of a poet in profile

Sunday, June 21, 2009

my three dads

Some girls get
only one dad.
I got three.
Happy Father's Day everyone.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Old First Church, Bennington, Vermont

Clueless in Boston wondered about this church,
painted in shades of gray and white.
It remains as remembered,
a place of dove colors and tidy prayer boxes.

Robert Frost came to Vermont in the 1920s.
He sought a better place to farm, especially to grow apples.
In Vermont he remained for four decades.
His ashes rest in the churchyard of the Old First Church.

Friday, June 19, 2009

skywatch friday

Brooding skies overhead,
soggy earth below,
and my poor feet have been cold for days...
Is it really the first day of summer on Sunday?

Thursday, June 18, 2009

this old house thursday: old red

the owner grooms this house
like a beloved child,
to walk past it
is to move along the edge of enchantment

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

wednesday doorway: Bennington, Vermont

the Frost stone

just a few yards
from the burial place of Robert Frost--

a nice neighborhood in which to spend eternity

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

the slant of sunlight

the kitchen table
serves many functions

Monday, June 15, 2009

monochrome monday: cemetery silhouette

to wander in a cemetery
is a lesson in art and history

Thank you all for your wonderful comments on my heifer series!
It's as if we are giving gifts to each other each day.
The gift of an image in exchange for the gift of a kind word.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

annual strolling of the heifers: after the parade

This is the last set from a wonderful event.

This boy might be dreaming about next year's event,
but in fact he was eating cotton candy
and had fallen into some sort of
sugar-induced reverie

using local spinach,
this young chef prepared a dip as we watched...
we got to sample it when she was finished
how patiently this sheep endured shearing 

Saturday, June 13, 2009

annual strolling of the heifers:

There were flocks of children


and fiddlers.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

annual strolling of the heifers: in my father's arms

the day was not only about farmers
but about family, too

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

annual strolling of the heifers: love at first moo

Gerkin was not even remotely in a pickle.
She was clearly crazy about her young handler.
So were the photographers in the crowd.
This young lady and her heifer were featured on the front page of our local newspaper:
The Brattleboro Reformer.

Monday, June 8, 2009

annual strolling of the heifers: cowabunga

you can't have strolling of the heifers
without the heifers.
here they are...or at least some of them

Saturday, June 6, 2009

annual strolling of the heifers

cows parade down main street led
by future farmers sporting freckles and straw hats,
seasoned farmers look up from their fields and nod,
fiddlers play,
ice cream drips down chins onto the sidewalk,
and wee children wobble in the short grass

Friday, June 5, 2009

Thursday, June 4, 2009

this old house

has seen better days

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

beauty in a roofline

three planes
against a storm sky

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

green cargo

on sunday
walker farm buzzed
with blossoms
and buyers
we bought heirloom tomato plants
and tender seedlings of lettuce

Monday, June 1, 2009

Wooden feet

brownie feet
at the bennington museum

Thanks to Simkitty for filling in for me over the last four days while I was prowling around Albany, New York.