Friday, May 17, 2019


I will not apologize
For the spelling of my name
Even though
Auto-correct thinks
It must be wrong.
It is right.
There is an A
In the middle.
I do not appreciate
It being automatically shortened
To Cathy
Unless you first knew me
By the nickname.
Then it is OK.
Then my aunt with the same name
Was alive.
Now I have earned the right
To be Catharine
With an A
In the middle.
Someone must carry the name

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

How do we live

In memory of Jean Vanier, may he Rest in Peace, 

How do we live?
In sprinkles
Or holding each others feet
In warm water
To wash them tenderly
One at a time
So each knows herself

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Elevator speech

If Jesus
Had an elevator speech
What would it be?
He knew he didn't have a lot of time
To grab people's attention.
It's like this
He said
It's like this
Some people left with Him
On the twelfth floor
To hear more.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Tuesday, March 19, 2019


Inspired by the book Maid, written by Stephanie Land.

A book
Comes to me.
I have stories.
Some I can tell
Some only
In false nose
And glasses
Not even then..
They hide in the caverns
Of my heart.

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Breakfast with the birds

The world is filled with breakfast companions

They eat
So little
By body weight
So much
They make charming
Breakfast companions
I would gladly
Feed them

Saturday, March 9, 2019

The small of it

Loss has a ripple effect.

We lose an hour
But that
Is a pittance
In the Likert Scale
Of loss.
It often comes
Lasts for days
Upon days
Or years.
Loss comes draped in black.
It can also come
With shiny shoes
So we think
We're dressing up
For Cinderella's ball.
We lose an hour
But that
Is the small of it.