Notes Found On The Refrigerator September 2017

17 Sep

     There are three trees in this two-acre yard. The one palm tree in the front yard stands near the sandy part of the lawn, standing alone.  It offers little shade, keeping the sand warm.  I take comfort for its resilience, reaching stunted bright green leaves above brown, in a September Florida sun.

     Awakened with the morning light and heat, at sunrise and sleepless till’ midnight, are the other two; one tall, the other a strapping offspring evergreen. They provide shade throughout the day on an oasis of shade in the back yard.

Everglades ripple

Gator and snake are dancing

Enjoy illusion


     Depression is not the snake that crawls up your leg. It is the caterpillar you kiss, before you turn into a butterfly for a day ending in despair. Or you go flying around the world without reason or care. I wear goggles and always know where I keep my parachute. Smiles.


     Moon through pines needles— shines my path through night.

     Swaying black maple branches along the way— gives light in-between dark shadows.  Without discrimination —and without apology.


          Love is not something you look for and find— It is something you discover and keep to yourself—  in the darkness of your heart teaching you, waiting for your understanding…

           To wake up, unable to hold it anymore having to share your discovery —a  spark from existence, so small yet so bright,  mutual hearts  burst from darkness into light.


Note:Unfortunately I have very little service to read other’s creative work. I’ve been on a writing retreat in Pine Lakes Florida in the mist of Hurricane Irma. Just got electricity after five days… town won’t take anything but cash all atm(s) are down Sporadic wi-fi— using the generosity of a friends limited hotspot. Trains have canceled my reservation back to the NH mountains 3 times. Send me lawyers, guns, and money. 🙂



Posted by on September 17, 2017 in Haibun Poetry, Haiku, Love, Nature, Prose Poetry, thoughts


13 responses to “Notes Found On The Refrigerator September 2017

  1. Sherry Marr

    September 24, 2017 at 11:22 pm

    Z.Q., my goodness, you were in the middle of Irma! I am glad you are okay and hope you are soon safely home. I love the imagery in your poem……especially love that you keep track of your parachute, and a good thing too. Travel safely, kiddo.

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    September 24, 2017 at 10:10 pm

    Wisdom like Confucius sayings or zen koans. I’m imagining that alligator and snake entwined

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  3. Mary

    September 18, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    I like the variety in your writing today. Hope you get home sooner rather than later.

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  4. Rallentanda

    September 18, 2017 at 10:49 am

    Just as well you keep a lot of cash in your socks:) Good to hear you are safe. Hope you can get out soon. Keep an eye out for a low flying carrier pigeon wearing an akubra:)…

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  5. annell4

    September 18, 2017 at 9:41 am

    Sounds like you may have been in the right place at the right time. I am sorry Irma chose you.

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    September 18, 2017 at 8:52 am

    The Confucius of the refrigerator. Cool!

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  7. Sanaa Rizvi (@rizvi_sanaa)

    September 18, 2017 at 4:15 am

    “Love is not something you look for and find— It is something you discover and keep to yourself—  in the darkness of your heart teaching you, waiting for your understanding…” I love this! So wonderfully deep and wise 🙂

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  8. Paul F. Lenzi

    September 18, 2017 at 12:16 am

    that depression stanza really caught hold of me

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  9. mhatter99

    September 17, 2017 at 9:02 pm

    Gators and snakes! Where’d they come from?

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  10. Truedessa

    September 17, 2017 at 8:34 pm

    I am glad you are safe, hopefully the train will bring you north soon.

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  11. Beverly Crawford

    September 17, 2017 at 4:11 pm

    … gator and snake are dancing … That conjures up quite an image for me!

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  12. Donna@LivingFromHappiness

    September 17, 2017 at 3:29 pm

    Ouch….hope you get out soon and loved these all especially the depression is not a snake….’I wear goggles and always know where I keep my parachute.’ It made me smile too!

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  13. Sherry Blue Sky

    September 17, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    Yikes, you are in the thick of it. I am glad you made it through. Your poems are beautiful. I got alarmed at the palm tree, breathed a sigh of relief at the explanation…..I especially love the two hearts not being able to keep love to themselves any more and bursting into the light. Lovely.

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