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“RAIN” ceramic, nails


My grandmother urged me to pay close attention

To the utter tenderness of the barely green willow tree leaves

In the three or four days of the year they choose to break the bonds of a tight bud

To grace us with their presence once again.

Every year as what feels like ‘almost a color’ arrives

I seem to need to revisit this poem:



We thought it would never come.
That dripping, pungent, just-waking- up
Season of LIFE!
It hides, teases, burrows down
So far that we forget-
Forget the wild heartbeat that comes
With the lover at the door.
Old thoughts of circumstances long gone
Have no place here.
All is washed clean,
Naked to the promise
Of every thing spanking new.
And so, what shall I choose
To adorn myself for you?
Nothing secondhand, NO!
For me there will be butter yellow
Like the grasses by the roadside.
Perhaps a deep brown
With the scent of new rain
Behind my ear.
Of course, lest I forget
A shirt the shade of
The inside of that orchid
I saw on your desk.
The door will open
And there you’ll stand,
Crackling with the promise
Of a thunderstorm.
Wild, navy blue clouds
Demanding my attention.
“Come in”, I say, slightly unnerved.
Nothing seems familiar, everything new.
I leave the door open,
So all this blossoming, and greening and thundering and light
Has no question it is welcome
To change us, release us
From all we know to be true,
And leave us spent with awe
For all we thought we knew..





8 Responses to “Tenderness”

  1. Maureen on March 10th, 2016

    Beautiful imagery, deep feeling. Thank you

  2. Barbara McDaniel on March 10th, 2016


  3. gerry harty on March 10th, 2016

    So Beautiful!!!

  4. Alexandra Eldridge on March 10th, 2016

    As always, astoundingly beautiful!

  5. Debra Moody on March 11th, 2016

    Wow…a cornucopia of word beauty.

  6. Pam on March 11th, 2016

    One of my favorites!

  7. Adele on March 11th, 2016

    What more can be said
    Beauty Beauty Beauty

  8. Jann on March 13th, 2016

    Oh Kathy, so brilliant. Like yourself. Xo

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