After I have read stories, sung songs, and tucked into bed my two little guys, my seven-year old says, “You know what’s wierd?” We are hugging goodnight, and once again, he has made up another ritual for bedtime, prolonging the inevitable of sleep. He reminds me of his older brother, who, when he was 10 or 11 years old, would start every single sentence with one of three … Continue reading Looks like a Tomato
Consistency is simply not my forte – not my strength. So much I wish. So much I want. The hours of stillness before everyone is up, before all the needs of everyone start piling up before me. So much I wish. So much I want. But not enough apparently, if longing for and wishing, wanting for was deep enough, long enough, high enough, full and … Continue reading My Quiet Place, My Still, Oh Where?
This morning as I listened to Flamenco Guitar music on my way to work, the thought exploded in my mind that the reason I am a poet is because I’m a scattered mess of an artist. I don’t think all poets are this way; I am not at all speaking for anyone else. All I’m saying is that there are so many things that I … Continue reading One Reason I am a Poet
My husband and I watched Brave New Voices, the 2010 top four Spoken Word Teams performing on television last night. I cried. It was one of the most moving experiences to watch these young people perform, and share from their hearts with Passion with a capital P! Hairs stood up on my arms. In the middle of the night, I woke up and scrawled this … Continue reading A Poem to Young Poets
I am walking through a parking lot quickly to reach the group of kids my husband is helping to chaperone on a field trip. I am walking with a purpose; trying to catch up. Fifteen feet to my left is the actual path; the walking path at this State Park, the path for strolling, for slowing down and taking it all in. I don’t know … Continue reading Fifteen Feet
This was written originally back in 2009 – but I’m sharing it again in honor of October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Reminders to Live By Liesl Garner, Written specifically for Fresno County Women’s Chamber of Commerce Guest Speaker, Armen Bacon, writer of the Radio Series called “Live, Laugh & Love” on KJewel in Fresno, CA. I am honored to be able to start … Continue reading Reminders to Live
“I love you as big as a house,” we say. He loves us “as big as a building that Spiderman would stand on top of and swing from rope to rope to rope,” and he’s off – demonstrating the rope swing across the room and down the hall, and somehow he’s forgotten what he started saying. He loves us so much that he forgets all … Continue reading As Loud as my Fingers Can Snap!
As I chop and dice to a beat; close a door with a foot, a drawer with a hip, and turn to rinse a radish. Dinner prep is never as fun as when you’re watching and adoring me and burping the baby while I cook. There is nothing sexier than a man who can help with the kids, or pick up a frying pan and … Continue reading I am Woman, Dance Me!