thistles and grass
tired wings let go
and rest


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Photo: Monarch Butterfly, Wisconsin, c.b.w. 2005

In northern Wisconsin there’s always something flying around up above and through the trees. Robins, blue jays, hummingbirds, and hawks all constantly glide overhead and rustle the leaves. For me, though, it was always about the butterflies. I loved how their wings glowed in the sun and how gently they fluttered through the air. They invite you to take a deep breath and just be present. Take time to touch a soft flower petal or taste a just picked blueberry.

Words: haiku, c.b.w. 2019



Excerpt: Of Snow & Fireflies


To celebrate the release of Of Snow & Fireflies, here is a small excerpt of two haiku that are part of the collection.


after school
a smiley face sticker
stuck to the floor

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caught between
if and maybe
monsoon rain


The complete collection is available for free on Wattpad. Click the cover below for direct access:

Of Snow & Fireflies

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c.b.w. 2018



on the cusp
of a lighthearted breeze
or the point of needle
filled with things
that must be said
and things no one
wants to hear
it’s talking without
having to listen
even when you
think you are

there are the ones
who think they’ve won
and those who
know they’ve lost
some with the bad taste
left from nasty words
others holding back
tears they don’t want
to wipe away
who is who,
no one knows
names aren’t real
faces change shape

a battle fought in a realm
that doesn’t really exist
up in a cloud that
no one sees
that can never
really touch you
yet it does


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free verse, c.b.w. 2018