Entries by Sandy

Drops of Color/ Black Velvet

Drops of Color Black Velvet For too long persons have split darkness from light. Shadows have been painted at times, as evil. Yet, when one is ‘blinded’ by the light, no one speaks ill. A galloping silhouette casts from a beam radiating a golden glow. Unseen hoofs—beat. A black velvet mane hovers in the wind. […]

With This Ring

With This Ring I was pulled  like a magnet. The light, a burning flame. My eyes could not turn away. I was blinded, yet, I could see a ring around the sun. The ring, a kaleidoscope of colors. My eyes blinked and blinked like a set of windshield wiper blades trying to clear what was […]

Drops of Color/ The Wheel

Drops of Color The Wheel Like the Seasons, the wheel circles —dipping down —drawing in     the endless drops     that fill the spring. A sudden rush~~~ water swirling —spinning the wheel —holding barrels    of sustenance     for only so long. NOW, the wheel spills like a waterfall releasing its content […]

A Telescope

(Excerpt from a Journal/Camino St Francis #1/September 2019) Telescope When I was a child, I looked out through a telescope gazing at stars…dancing fireflies. I tried to catch one… didn’t work—I tried again and again. Trust, look at my knees. I tumbled, fell and  I laughed. The stars seemed to shine more brightly the more […]

Drops of Color/ In the Back

Drops of Color In the Back Is this a poem I’m beginning? Is it a conscious moral inventory? Black words are spilling across a white background. The ‘words’ are the fruit splashing from a pen. I’m a white woman. Yes, a white, retired Peace (Police) Officer. I’ve undergone countless hours of training. Defensive tactics were […]


Swinging In the night, I drift and often wander. These moments —silence like a clap of thunder —lightening striking an     unseen place in my Soul. In this dwelling place, I reach for your hand. I realize both of your  arms have been waiting —waiting to wrap themselves around me. I close my eyes. […]

Drops of Color/ In this House

Drops of Color In this House… there are mansions…MANY. On the outside, a bare wall— you can see leakage. A door tarnished. An empty chair, brooms, buckets, shovel, a hose and a single pair of clogs. Inside… She’s setting a fire —a steaming cup of tea placed beside her rocker. She is in from her […]


Fashioned Look Look above ~~~a cornfield of blue flowers  laced with delicate linen designs. The artist weaves a needle and the sky is fashioned. Look Look below ~~~a shaggy rug each strand lifting as if greeting a long awaited friend. Embracing affectionately, they become fashioned to one another ~~~they roll in the cushioned earth of […]

Drops of Color/ A Few Stones

Drops of Color A Few Stones There were a few stones in the sack. Gems— always in place in case… in case a predator seized upon one of the woolly lambs. This time— there was a Giant. A large ‘flock’ needed protection. A few precious stones pulled from a pouch and launched~~~ A Giant fell. […]

Do you know Her?

Do you know Her? Recognize her? You think she’s homeless– right? We don’t want the  likes of her in our neighborhood. She is not allowed where we live~~~ her ‘likes’ don’t give off  positive energy. Right? Well, I decided to  follow her… From a distance. When she rose from her bed of rock, she pulled […]

Drops of Color/ I Can’t Breathe

Drops of Color I Can’t Breathe… As I write these three words, I keep hearing the sounds of  the hammer driving three nails into the flesh of an innocent man. I hang my head—my lament so raw. Unraveling the words, my white, feminine flesh spills black ink from a pen. I do not know how […]


Leonardo He arrived— as if out of Nowhere. In a ‘way,’ we summoned someone to drive around the bend to transport us to the location we originally sought.  We walked in the opposite direction~~~through forests and orchards of horse chestnuts, tobacco fields, grape vines, peach trees. Our sole purpose~~~ to visit what I would name, […]

Drops of Color/ Built on Water

Drops of Color Built on Water The house was not built upon sand… Nor did ‘rock’ hold the weight of an array of limbs and twigs. The branches were laced, intertwined, woven together on a bed of water. Yes, this house built upon a weightless stream running slowly —rushing effortlessly down yonder. The builder, out […]

A Perfect Contradiction

A Perfect Contradiction Once a seed held in a bed of dark, liquorice soils— you ‘broke.’ You, already ALIVE pulsing, surging, taking in sustenance. You pushed softly, until your delicate nature burst from Earth’s womb. Inhaling life, —you stretched —you reached —you expanded. Enveloping the sky, you bathed in the light of the sun. You […]

Drops of Color/ Red Shovel

Drops of Color Red Shovel There it was lying on the path— a price-tag dangling from its handle. Who lost this treasure? A simple red sand shovel… it held the potential to go ‘deep’ into the sand. Oh, what ‘one’ could create with this ‘toy. Reaching down, I held it by its neck… placing it […]

Grow in Splendor

Grow in Splendor Wake up! Throw on whatever garment adorns your closet of hangers. Splash your face. Forget wiping off the fresh scent of water drops trickling down your neck. Grab a pair of shoes— better yet, go barefoot. Thrust yourself out the door of your dwelling and allow the ‘dwelling place’ within you to […]

Drops of Color/The Font

Drops of Color The Font One by one they flew in. First, they appeared to dip their wings. Second, they dunked their heads coming up for air before a full immersion. A baptism of fluttering ensued and the community gathered around the ‘font.’ They welcomed everyone before taking flight even those without wings who dipped  […]

An Umbrella

An Umbrella Something said, “Leave the Umbrella.” But, “It’s pouring.” Again, “Leave the Umbrella.” Who said that? Clicking the button, the sails folded in upon themselves. It leaned itself into the wall. An umbrella cannot speak?! Stepping out, I glanced back. No, I was not turned into  a pillar of salt. My right foot was […]

Drops of Color/ This Coat

Drops of Color This Coat “This” coat stitched in love. The garment which I  refer to IS the piece ‘inside’ the fabric. One person responsible for THIS design is my mother. (amongst  a host of others) She used various ‘strands,’ pieces, designer rags to form me. At times, in moments of her own sacred stitching, […]


Isolation A quiet room, an invisible altar, a solitary being. She understands silence and even ‘welcomes’ it. A glowing candle ignites a hymn. Underlying conditions do not deter the rise and fall of her beating heart. A host of guides daily ‘enter’ her dwelling space. Their labored arms give birth to love. A soft bell […]

Drops of Color/ Reminding US

Drops of Color Reminding US Each one of us —a vessel. Our sails —how they love the wind. The ride changes from day to day. There is ‘something’ about moving with the current. Moments can push us beyond the movement of the water’s flow. Tossed off course, we discover a resolve within to find the […]


Look There you were… Your yellow shutters opened wide— The slender green houses growing beside you were like a frame accentuating your gentle presence. There you stood outstretched— The blue sky above you tipped its hat. Puffy white clouds cast shadows all around you…your beauty majestic. A mountain of stone appeared as a backdrop…if one […]

Drops of Color/ Come

Drops of Color Come… Come pick a lovely flower from my basket. Find the color or colors that pick you. Please, don’t leave any coins— these flowers are my gift (for you…) Their beauty—behold. Their soft scent—take in. Touch their petals—their skin. Hold their stem—fragile, yet firm. Tend your bouquet of flowers even it be […]


Inside Inside… there is a flame so intense heat surges through my pores. I rush outside to meet the cold and an invisible blaze surges with an  uncontrolled ferocity. I do not wish this fire quenched— Only now am I trusting the ember’s receding. The ones burning down and at  the same moments setting aglow […]

Drops of Color/ Endless Pages

Drops of Color Endless Pages Every day another story shared— better yet, an abundance of GOOD News messages. Yes, I have read and been immersed in these times of difficulty AND I’m aware we are writing chapters of what it IS we are living ‘in’ presently. The messages ‘breaking’ open through ‘hosts’ of wordless emotions, gut wrenching […]

A New Song

A New Song Arriving~~~unannounced. The forest pulled back— pushing aside the leafy branches. An old fence post… a tiny crevice… a perfect ‘fit.’ The couple chiseled, pecked, then dashed into the  woods gathering soft nettles, tiny twigs and dampened soil. In the hush of night, their feathers caressed each other— three delicate eggs ‘birthed.’ Taking […]

Drops of Color/ Paper Roses

Drops of Color Paper Roses I planted thee a rose garden… Paper, though it be. If you close your eyes and slowly breathe inward, the scent of the flowers’ sweet perfume fills your nostrils. I remember your garden of roses. I would listen from a distance as you clipped and trimmed. A love song you […]

Life and…

Life and… Venturing outside from my inner dwelling, I was greeted by Life. Together, we walked  shoulder to shoulder. Alright, I confess, we held hands. Quietly, we traversed mile after mile. Life began ‘projecting’ scenes. Before my eyes, a rolling film played itself —slides, before my time, flashed in rapid succession. I looked deeply into […]

Drops of Color/ Today

Drops of Color Today Jump in… Carry your umbrella… Splash with delight in the largest puddle you might find. Go ankle deep, knee deep if you’re daring. Laugh out loud for the sake of nothing. Give thanks for simple moments. If today your heart is filled with melancholy, shed the tears into the puddles beneath […]

Gentle Shepherd

Gentle Shepherd I enter your pasture… Where is your flock? Are there those who follow by night? No seats set between the blades of grass— the rocky crags, the lofty mountains. No pulpit awaits a message because you, lamb, You are message itself. I hear you in the quiet hush— the place where one is […]

Drops of Color/ Window’s Ledge

Drops of Color Window’s Ledge From this window’s ledge, the views are limitless. She holds a gaze— her own vantage point. It IS what she sees and from here thoughts flow— beliefs once held drift on by. She does not cling to anything she  thought she knew for certain. She does not hold as a […]

Amen, Amen…

Amen, Amen… Amen, Amen I say to thee. You do not have to be spiritual, religious, atheist to notice persons during these times coming together even at a ‘humane’ distance. Amen, Amen I say to thee. Figuratively, so many ordinary ‘routines’ have been upturned… ‘blood’ now pooling from heart centers. Persons are reaching toward each […]

Drops of Color/ Tides

Drops of ColorTides The tide in… My feet at the water’s edge. A ‘rock’ picked me— I cocked my arm firing the rock airborne. I heard the ‘plunge.’ The ‘rings’ it cast while  making its way to the sea’s bottom eventually splashed at my ankles. Unaware of time, I see the tide slowly recede, and […]


Braids Dangling locks. Tiny buds blossom. An invisible voice from no-where whispers, “Let down your hair.” The velvet~green leaves rise… The flowers trumpet. The roots hold the soil as the satin braids give way. The invisible One ascends… Each petal, a step, draped in pastel hues reaching the soft blanket hung beneath the window. The […]

Drops of Color/ YOU

Drops of Color You Play a tune— sing whatever comes to mind. Let loose your heart~strings… trust each note will turn out right. Your words a melody— a hymn of effortless praise. What is ‘inside’ of you —a concert of longing —an opera still searching —a rock band waiting? Bring your yearning— Let ‘out’ the […]


Full Full In silence, perched upon a branch, a feathered mortal scanned the pool of water where the ice had not begun to sculpt. Its eyes sought ‘any’ movement.  Its longing for a taste of some-thing to satisfy an empty belly. Holding steadily, bathed in sun’s light like a monk consumed in prayer… Ahhhh~~~ was […]

The Shade

The Shade A pull of a string— the shade begins to rise. The picture—clearing. Leaves falling— visible openings to NO where and everywhere. How a canvas can appear so full draped in the succulence of life’s finest spreads —then— one swift swoosh of the table cloth— a barren display. Hot savory dishes once providing an […]

Drops of Color/Ivory Blanket

Drops of Color Ivory Blanket An ivory blanket— painted and ‘perfected.’ Between—slender trunks living beside a  pearl black stream. The only sound— a snow-flake rolling off the edge… plunging into the shivering water. The white  blanket seems to rise attempting to cover itself so ‘no-thing’ will fall. But, fall it will and, the  sound created, […]


Balance Sails unfurled— Like over-sized blankets, they dangled from an invisible line. Moving in the direction of the wind’s speed, a vessel ‘held’ before enormous beams strewn north and south… a single line was painted east and west. The bridge carried over the sea. From the right, the gaze was infinite. From the left, an […]

Drops of Color/ She Ran

Drops of Color She Ran She ran… then she picked up her pace. The sounds of bloodhounds in the distance —in pursuit. She quickened her strides —they were after her. There was no path— briers covered her garments branches slashed her ankles. At night, mosquitoes would draw her blood still~~~She ran. In the evening, the […]

No Name

No name A soft hush— the wind pulling itself through strands of hair. Enveloped in a sea of darkness— the permission of light still had access. A battery of stars needing no charge except what already is given them. Longing stretched its way along the path. A longing NOT to be filled… this time ONLY […]

Drops of Color/ The Window

Drops of Color The Window Standing on the sidewalk… I SEE the window. I know what is ‘inside.’ Metaphorically, I was born between the pews. At a young age, I was always drawn to the window— the light from ‘outside’ stained the glass in colors not a single word could convey. I cannot give you […]

Arms of a Crater

Arms of a Crater Held… in the arms of a crater. The silence pounding like a drum— beat with a delicate feather. The hush in this void like a favorite nursery rhyme I never tire of hearing— ***Once Upon A Time*** Lying awake, gentle speckles of light grip hands with night’s mask. Both have a […]

Stone Edifice

Stone Edifice A display of masterful sculpting— The precision in the edge of the blade— The chisel positioned with a reluctant swipe. A chip, one at a time, falls… what revealed? The elegance of ‘nothingness’… nudity—its strength, its vibrancy, its search— No shame. There is no need to hide any bit of the stone’s essence. […]

You, There

You, There You, chalking the pavement. You, unknown creator casting images of grace, splendor, excellence. You, ‘covered’ in chalk dust. Before you, your ‘matte’ the mere street… You swipe a shade of blue then yellow… eyes appear…widening in wonder. You do not display your name. You reveal beauty beyond yourself. You know the rain eventually […]


You STAYED The Season past. You have held your color. But why, what has led you to hold on? Maybe you do not know. Are you ripening? You have tasted the warmth of summer. Here you are in winter’s chill. There is an elegance that graces your frozen petals. What will become of you? One […]