Friday, April 27, 2012

Year-Round Beauties

It's hard to believe that this white phalenopsis orchid, my Miss Alabaster, is as old as my son.  Five years they've been with us, blooming year-round.

Miss Alabaster acquired a companion, Miss Fuchsia, about two years later; she blooms bright pinkish-purple flowers.  Over the years, I've learned these ladies' likes and dislikes.  They like the humidity and light in my bathroom.  They do not like the openness of our living/kitchen area downstairs.  They don't like to be watered too often, but they do yearn to be taken care of and loved.

Miss Fuchsia blooms bigger and fewer flowers (3 to 5 at a time), while Miss Alabaster creates numerous, cascading blossoms (5 to 7 at a time).   They each do their own thing, they are independent women with a mind of their own.  Unbeknownst to them, they keep a similar flowering rhythm, keeping their cycle of life in synch.

Miss Fuchsia has a keiki (Hawaiian for 'child' or 'baby').  It stems from a bud of the currently flowering stem, and prolongs the flowering phase of that particular stem.  These orchids will produce two or three keikis from each stem. When the flowers wilt, the oldest leaf will yellow and dry.  Then a new leaf will grow, followed by a new stem.  These phalenopsis have been repotted once. 

While they do not offer significant gift for the olfactory sense, they more than make up for it for the visual sense.  I'm in awe of their beauty all year round.  My heart still skips a beat whenever I discover a new keiki or a new stem, or anticipate how many flowers are in line for full bloom. 

Monday, April 23, 2012

The Promise

This week’s word is:

confidence (noun)

1 a : a feeling or consciousness of one's powers or of reliance on one's circumstances <had perfect confidence in her ability to succeed> <met the risk with brash confidence>

   b : faith or belief that one will act in a right, proper, or effective way <have confidence in a leader>

2 : the quality or state of being certain : certitude <they had every confidence of success>

3 a: a relation of trust or intimacy <took his friend into his confidence>
   c : support especially in a legislative body <vote of confidence>

The Promise
He sat in his wall-to-wall glass window office staring out, waiting.  Upon her entrance, he felt the bright light illuminate her lovely presence.  

He turned slowly to face her, his clenched fists stuffed inside his white coat pockets.  He wearily made contact with her fatigued but serene eyes.  He exhaled as he noticed that her cheeks had revived their faint, rosy glow beneath the strands of greying hair above her ears; she wore that familiar smile he had long missed seeing.  She had had a tough few weeks, but she finally felt strong enough to drop by after her appointment.  Between his patients and her treatment schedule, they had both looked forward to sharing a quick lunch together.  

“I’m here to take my date to lunch, even if only at the boring cafeteria,” she declared.

He returned a worn smile and said, “Let me put this chart away and we’ll be off.”

He couldn’t.  He just couldn’t tell her his morning patient’s diagnosis.  The images of that scan in his chart from the oncologist's report seared into his souring eyes.  At the appointment, he gave him his word.  He would have to honor that doctor-patient confidentiality.  Now gazing through his beautiful wife’s fragile eyes, he begged the deafening scream inside his head to cease.   As he put away the patient’s chart, he also stuffed his promise into the same envelope, and sealed it away in confidence.  He couldn’t tell which he hated more: that unforgiving Oath or his reluctant Word.

“Guess who came by earlier?” he said as casually as he could possibly sound.

“Hmmm?” she acknowledged as she wrapped her arms around his.  

 “Little Rascal,” he replied without looking at her.

“Oh,” she paused, “How’s my baby brother doing?  Staying out of trouble?”

Together they walked toward the door and into the darkening hallway.  He pulled from her clutch and put his arm around her.

“He says ‘Boo’ to his big sis,” he replied, and forcefully swallowed the rest of his thoughts.  

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

A Different View

From Above

From the common perspective
just across the field,
they are tufts of silky
and colorful upside-down bells
standing atop their green anchor
and leafy embellishments.
We see them happily fluttering
in the gentle breeze,
playfully bumping noggins,
and joyfully holding hands. 

From another perspective, 
they are perfect hexagrams 
that hold a little surprise 
in its bull's eye:
Two layers equally stacked 
with three precise triangles 
and a center aureole
of contrasting color,
which cup the very origins
of their wondrous selves.

Friday, April 13, 2012

The Makeover

For this weekend's Trifextra challenge, write a letter of apology in exactly 33 words. Addresses, salutations, closings, etc. (should you wish to include them) do not count in the 33 words.

My letter of apology in 33 words (It's Friday; gotta have some fun!):

Dear Feet,

I apologize for winter’s neglect,
Your unsightliness none will respect.
Spring is time to soak and scrub,
Fresh coat of paint and lotion rub.
Into new sandals I turn you loose.
So… truce?


Lady Tulip

Lady Tulip

You glance at me
Like a lady
Standing with 
A half-turn curve
Flirting with your
Bright petals
On the verge of 

I succumb to
Your coyness
And tender
Blushing as I
Stare in awe
Awaiting for you
To bare your
Soul with a smile

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Earth Days

This week's word is:
brain (noun)

a : the portion of the vertebrate central nervous system enclosed in the skull and continuous with the spinal cord through the foramen magnum that is composed of neurons and supporting and nutritive structures (as glia) and that integrates sensory information from inside and outside the body in controlling autonomic function (as heartbeat and respiration), in coordinating and directing correlated motor responses, and in the process of learning — compare
(1) : intellect, mind <has a clever brain> (2) : intellectual endowment : intelligence —often used in plural <plenty ofbrains in that family>(1) : a very intelligent or intellectual person (2) : the chief planner within a group —usually used in plural <she's thebrains behind their success>

Earth Days

There are few things in life
That we can we really count on.
But our Earth promises us
Some things we depend upon.

The hours in a day,
And the weeks in a year;
They will never change,
We never have to fear.

Days turn into nights,
And nights back to days,
As Earth faithfully rotates
About its axis, always.

And the seasons of a year --
Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter --
One comes after the previous,
No matter where we shelter.

And so Earth's Brain
On auto-pilot will continue
To give us a steady rhythm
That our lives undeniably value.

It is, thus, natural for us
To embrace Earth's Heart,
And show our gratitude
To the planet we take part.

Once a year we are reminded
To be kind and gentle to Earth.
But all year long should we strive
To celebrate its dignified worth.

For our Home is incredibly rare;
As we know of no other place
In the vast universe so far,
That supports life and all of its grace.