Oct 27, 2013

The Sixties

The Sixties

she laughs as she tells the story,

little irish catholic girl,
drove west from Boston,

arrived in the Haight,
pink dress, pink shoes, pink purse,

hair curled just right,
from rollers at night,

friends pull up a mattress,
pass her a joint,

San Fran the city of love,
oh my goodness,

this is going to be,
quite a trip,

for kt with hoots of laughter



johnson brothers,
blue and white,
not flow blue,
not old,
not imported,
but in any case,
kept in the antique cabinet,
used for Easter ham,
and Thanksgiving bird,

imagine my surprise
when I saw
the real thing
all crisp and creamy
blue slightly off

many miles and
antique shops later
I still get a chill
when I come upon
some hidden
on the back shelf

blue and white



girl scout meeting,
wearing the uniform,
world's my oyster,
everything is green,
small town sounds,
long sidewalk route,
spring maples,
mist on the hills,
about supper time,
being twelve,
and feeling magical,

only time,
can change that

Oct 23, 2013

The dye pot

The Dye Pot

on the couch
on the hotseat
of my own choosing

yearning to live
leaving red hot drive
for slow motion

wanting intimacy
and stories
and joyful peaceful walks

needing to cry away
the past the legacies
the dictums

cast out a lifetime
of struggle and miseries
for grace and ease

needing to steep my self
in walnuts and euco leaves
stain my very soul

need to cover my self
and make silk dresses
from the same dye pot

it is time to stop and feel
stop and live
slow down and ramble

get lost in parking lots
talk to cows and
answer back my crows

it is time to peel off the armor
lay naked in leaves
feel the earth leach into my skin
it is definitely time for change

Oct 2, 2013

Tree Mother

Oh Tree Mother

Oh Tree Mother wrapping your arms around the birds and squirrels and frogs , please continue to support us with your life giving oxygen. You filter and clean our air and slow the winds and bind the soil and give us shelter. We thank you for your being. You are our family and when you are cut we feel the pain as we should. Please continue to whistle in the wind and sway with the breeze. We are healthy and joyful in your presence.

Sep 27, 2013

Crowmother Dance

I have been reading Meinrad Craighead,
Crow Mother and the Dog God and wrote this little piece inspired by her crow magic and much of my own.

Hidden away in the recesses of my own self is a wild ancient crone who has been gathering materials and messages for a grand dance. Within this woven wicker trunk are the symbols developed over the years, the masks worn for so many occasions, the sacred texts and songs of 7 decades. In the box also reside a cache of magic known only to me, cards, feathers, bags of potions, vessels, and bits and pieces of crow collections these include pretty paper, old candies, photographs, songs, silver rings and a poem or two.
The repository of magic and totems also has a crow drum, a gourd, an ipu, embroidery, and many glass items all sanctified and incensed ready for the day the dance commences. The trick of it all is to time it just right. The right night, the right moon, the right season, the right place and the right reason. When all is set and the stage and all the trappings and regalia are in order.. the beginning will be announced by the cry of crow. The wild dance of life, death, and the spirit will commence with bells, and drums, and lots of swirling purple and black. The dance will ease away the cover of the gardens and reveal an ancient stairway to the mother of us all. This will be repeated as I am called upon by the Crowmother.

Jul 22, 2013


Ashfield Lake

off to camp tomorrow
an art camp with grownups
remembering ashfield lake
muggy hot and wildly humid
bed rolls hitched with safety pins

list of duties posted on the fridge
Girl Scout songs and s'mores
canoe classes, fearful of water
hanging out at the store
ogling tough guys and a jukebox

eleven, skinny, and shy
hopelessly unaware of the big life
she would soon fall into
far away from the maple covered hills
and their seductive magic

Jul 12, 2013

Summer Magic

Summer Magic

dreamy pink and sleepy blue
calling all to the garden
sniff the mint
caress the basil
count the baby zukes
steal some raspberries
watch the bunny
measure the climbing purple beans
ah yes, summer in the Northwest
dreamy, short and magical

Jul 10, 2013

The Open Road

The Open Road

like a line to infinity
like the memory of a dream

stretching past the humdrum
entering the mystery of story

where does the road go?
what is possible now?

the white line calls out
beckoning the willing

seductive siren of tar
magician of time and space

Jul 6, 2013


Tree  c 2013 Joan Tucker


colors, lines, marks, scrapes
gouges, swirls, dots, bumps

burning, smoothing, removing, 
adding, layering, dividing

excited, delighted, transformed, 
surprised, enchanted, relieved
whew art

Somewhere Else

Somewhere Else

a glimpse, a peek, a slice
of life outside
the normal state of affairs

craving to be
somewhere else,

longing to travel
somewhere else,

hoping to feel
something else

wanting to imagine
something else

yearning  to create
something else

exploring this lust
for somewhere else

Jul 5, 2013

Running Away

Running Away

van all packed and prepped
little green tent loaded

longing for escape
windy beaches, hard sand

away from computers
phone calls,the news

only childlike exuberance
telling stories, humming tunes

some days need to flee
away away sad bad mad

let's gas her up and roll

Jun 28, 2013

Poinsettias in Paradise

Poinsettias in Paradise

growing wild, uninhibited
down the hillsides, as hedges
red waves triumphant

not crowded in green pots

pinched and hothoused
controlled decoration

May 6, 2013


flickers have returned
only in may they come
renewing their vows

new bathing beauties
taking daring aerials
old bird bath smiling

Jan 15, 2013

Year of the Snake

Year of the Snake

the snake starts in February
uncoiling her magic
in fits and spurts
sometimes deliberate 
often in dreamy reverie
complete in herself
beginning and end
shedding her old
layers as she lives