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A Writing Life for Me – Blog Tour

. . . in which I answer five questions about my writing life Thanks to Patricia Comb for inviting me to take part in this writers blog tour. Patricia is the warm and witty author of the equally warm and witty Cafe’ Paradise series which had me in stitches.  You...

Happy Place

Renita Boyle ~ Day 30 NaPoWriMo 2014 Posted in moments When the sun is on the rise ya gotta get up and move, Grabba a cuppa tea and get into the groove. Now don’t be feelin’ low, put a smile on your face. C’mon everybody find your happy place!   Make your own...

Monarch

Renita Boyle ~ Day 29 NaPoWriMo 2014 Posted in northwoods, moments, nature Silken monarch moving among tall grasses.   My Grandmother’s kiss.   Renita...

Skin

Renita Boyle ~ Day 28 NaPoWriMo 2014 Posted in moments As a child I saw an old woman beading a dress for a blonde white Barbie.   She had a beautiful mane of long gray hair, skin the colour of buckskin; softly creased like a crumpled handkerchief. Her cheeks were...

Campervan

Renita Boyle ~ Day 22 NaPoWriMo 2014 Posted in children I’m loading up my campervan. Gonna park my van wherever I can. Gonna see beyond my garden gate. Come on everybody now don’t be late!   Honk, honk, rattle, rattle, rattle, crash, bang, bang (x3) Honk, honk,...

Stubborn Tommy

Renita Boyle ~ Day 27 NaPWriMo 2014 Posted in children Tommy will, when Tommy wants, but when he doesn’t, he won’t. I asked him if he’d like to explain it himself. Tommy said, ‘No. I don’t.’   Renita...

Last Night at the Lake

Renita Boyle ~ Day 26 NaPoWriMo 2014 Posted in moments, love, nature   Last night, at the lake, we walked along the shore arm in arm picking wild raspberries just plump and sweet enough to eat.   We listen to the lapping of the waves, feel them licking our...

Gush

Renita Boyle ~ Day 25 NaPoWriMo2014 Posted in nature   Dragonflies mate mid-air in the swoop of a blue morning. A pillow of white cloud, a shudder of leaves; A luminous gushing warmth before the day begins.   Renita...

How it Breathes

Dat 24 ~ NaPoWriMo2014 Posted in nature   How it breathes: This land of moss and rain and moon feathers us to sleep cradles us to the stars.   Renita...

Crickets

Renita Boyle ~ Day 23 NaPoWriMo Posted in summer, moments   I didn’t intend to stay the night. The familiar voices of my people lulled me, cacooned me, in a warmth I had long forgotten; echoes of my Father and my Grandfather in those round Northern Vowels...

Little Charlie

Renita Boyle ~ Day 21 NaPoWriMo Posted in children   Little Charlie Overstreet had the biggest, clumsiest little boy feet that whenever he went to take a step, he tumbled over and bumped his head!   So, he bought himself a pair of shoes. And on the bottom,...

Come Early to the Tomb

Renita Boyle ~ Day 20 NaPoWriMo Posted in faith, children Come early to the tomb with Mary, Before the light of day, Come with all of your sorrow And see the stone is rolled away!   Run and tell Peter and John! Run all the way from the tomb. ‘They’ve taken his...

Gorse

Renita Boyle ~ Day 19 of NaPoWriMo 2014 Posted in nature, faith Today, everything reminds me; the crimson on the breast of the robin, the purple robing the rook  the overflow of alabaster in the sky,   the spiny thorn on the gorse and its faint sweet scent for...

Dust

Renita Boyle ~ Day 18 NaPoWriMo 2014 Posted in faith Please don’t wash my feet. I couldn’t bear the shame; the knowing that you know me and would do it just the same.   Please don’t wash my feet. I couldn’t bear the pain; the knowing that...

Communion

Renita Boyle ~ Day 17 NaPoWriMo Posted in faith (Intended to be read out loud as part of Maundy Thursday Communion)   I take this bread as if it were a splinter from the cross where the raw flesh of God did bear my sin and what it cost.          I take this bread...

Prunella

Renita Boyle ~ Day 16 NaPoWriMo Prunella Paterson dressed all in pink fell into a jar of invisible ink. Where she is now, nobody knows! She is invisible wherever she goes!   Renita...

Sigh

Renita Boyle ~ Day 15 NaPoWriMo 2014 Posted in northwoods, tuesdays, fall, moments, seasons ‘Sigh ~ a long, deep, audible breath . . .’   a slight breeze in little trees a nibble of bark an exhale of mist a groan of leaves lying deep in the woods the...

Play on Words

Renita Boyle ~ Day 14 NaPoWriMo 2014 Posted in love Many hugs make life work   Renita...

Moon Tune

Moon Tune Renita Boyle ~ Day 13 napowrimo 2014 Posted in moments Sometimes the moon is so bright over the bay that the whole sky shines as it begins to play its silver flute.   Notes  dip into the sea and become boats which gently rock us when we...

Rejoice

Renita Boyle ~ Day 12 NaPoWriMo Posted in children With the cow who bellows ‘moo’ with the kitten’s purring ‘mew’ with the ‘clucking’ of the hen and the ‘warble’ of the wren   With ‘clippity-clop’...

Wandering

Renita Boyle ~ Day 11 NaPoWriMo 2014 Posted in nature, children I am going to wander in this mossy wood, leaves still dripping with a sigh of rain, on a Sunday morning in spring when all is sacred and silent.   Rolling mounds of emerald green beg a barefooted...

Beginning

Renita Boyle ~ Day 10 NaPoWrMo 2014 Posted in spring, nature Bud on twig and branch and vine leaves will come life within life within...

Last Breath

Renita Boyle ~ Day 9 napowrimo2014~ 30 poems in 30 days Posted in moments, seasons, loss And did I hear, in your last breath, the first robin of spring; the warble of blue heavens?   Renita...

Mum’s Rules

by Renita Boyle ~ in memory of Mum Boyle ~ Day 8 napowrimo2014 Posted in moments, love Cleanliness is next to godliness. Everything must be scrubbed clean before going into the washing machine and spun dry before being hung high in regimented lines; undies by the...

BookLovers

For my beloved ~ Day 7 napowrimo#2014 Posted in moments, love, identity Books are such a part o’me, look closely and you may see golden letters scripting up my spine rising to the trace of your finger, hear the slow turning of pages in my whisper, feel the ink...

Essence

Renita Boyle ~ Day 6 napowrimo2014~ 30 poems in 30 days Posted in moments, parenthood, love Day 6 ~napowrimo2014 Velvet petals, rosy cheeks, lullabyes and...

The Turning of Earth

by Renita Boyle ~ Day 5 napowrimo2014 Posted in seasons ‘. . . life awaits the turning of earth.’ ~ Hal Borland   Winter lay deep and long in the garden But now the shed invites,  flings open the door on rusty hinges and hails spring.   It is a...

Fire Under Ice

by Renita Boyle ~ Day 4 napowrimo2014~ 30 poems in 30 days Posted in spring, nature Look! Do you see? Poking up through the confusion, A snowdrop! All winters come to an end; green shoots, warm earth, fire under ice.   Renita...

Early Under Pines

Renita Boyle ~Day 3 napowrimo 2014 ~ 30 poems in 30 days Posted in summer, seasons, nature Secretly I know my name is Secretly I know my name is written here among the wildflowers swaying softly under steepled pines and billowed popples leaves whispering the gossip of...

Bare

Renita Boyle ~ Day 2 of napowrimo 2014- 30 poems in 30 days Posted in fall, seasons, nature, identity I hate the wind. It unsettles me. It howls through the cracks in my abandonments, kicks up my insecurities, blows at my back like a bully, and scatters my thoughts....

Outside, Inside, On a Plate

by Renita Boyle ~ Day 1 napowrimo 2014 Posted in tuesdays, spring outside inside on a plate   stillness stirrings warm toast and...

Broad Margins

by Renita Boyle- after Thoreau Posted in summer, moments, seasons, nature, rural, identity I love the broad margin . . . I love the broad margin to my life   uncrowded   the present blooms undisturbed fragrant with solitude   stillness   summer silence in sunrise...
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