seashells roll
in golden waves
tokens of the day


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Photo: Sunset, St. Pete’s Beach, Florida, c.b.w. 2018

The beach has never been a favorite thing of mine as I’m pretty much allergic to the sun. However, when the sun doesn’t burn quite so bright and heat begins to cool, a walk on the beach becomes something beautiful and soothing to me. The waves sing a calming song and the sand tickles my feet giving my thoughts nothing to do but wander in the wind.

Words: c.b.w. 2019



leaves blush
in morning sun
shadows in the grass


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Photo: Portland Japanese Garden, c.b.w. 2015

Sometimes the most beautiful scenery isn’t right in front of you, but rather where you least expect it. While strolling through the Japanese Garden in Portland, I noticed a maple tree that seemed small and ordinary. Blush colored leaves drew me closer and feather like branches made me stay. It wasn’t until I kneeled down to tie my shoe that an incredible view caught my eye. This little maple tree so unassuming from the top was actually an incredible cathedral of beauty from underneath. Lesson learned, always take the time to look at things from every perspective.

Words: haiku, c.b.w. 2019