Weekly Photo Challenge: Monument


You stand as a monument
No plaque attached
No Dedications
Only a few still remember
Some day
All that knew this gentle man
Who laid your roots in the ground
Will be gone
Your surroundings may change
Yet we might hope
That you will live on
To remember


This scarlet oak was planted by a truly gentle man named Ray who live to almost 95. He was a remarkable plants-man, Landscaper and designer. I worked for him for many years and the oak was planted before I was even born. He built the house (top) and opened a nursery that was in business until he passed away, open for 60 years. After he was gone, the land was sold and the new owners wanted it turn it into medical practices park. Many of the trees are gone now, but I am happy they left this scarlet oak and I hope it is there for many generations to come.

There In a Moment

There in a moment
Where you would want to make time stand still
For at that moment
All that I am or ever will be
Could not be surpassed
When I look into your eyes
And see all love you have to give
When I see the child in you
All the trust you share
And for that moment
All that I feel
Tries so hard to come out
To be given to you
For you to do with it
What you will


Life can’t be lived in a moment
The most we can do
Is to treasure those moments
And always hope
There may be another
To come to us as it will
You can never know
How many you will have
You can only be grateful
To have any at all


Weekly Photo Challenge: Threshold


Sometimes it is the the images and words of others
That are woven into ones’ own experience
Patterns are form
Never able to go back
A different view of the world
Beyond what any one person could live
Of good and bad, but hopefully never indifferent
Stepping over the thresholds
Knowing that one can never know all that is
Yet, maybe being able to see some things a little clearer