Funny that way….

I won’t say it again this week,
more about being work-weary and worn and smelling of Ben Gay
and how my knees pop and crackle
because it’s October
and,  well,  our busy season is hard that way.

I’ll tell you instead how vivid turquoise the sky over me can be
and how the drape and arch of twigs and vines
can make my heart go all swimmy and glad
and I don’t even try to  figure that out anymore.
I’ll share how a blaze of sunlight wrapped in cloud
can glitter flecks of plum and raspberry and tangerine
and how noisy grackles in the treetops make it sound as if
the woods find something hilarious
and it’s pretty much impossible not to  laugh along.


I’ll tell you  that I’m thinking how grateful I am for fields
wearing their Autumn swish and rustle,
all rich and loamy and raining seeds for next year’s wild blooms
and for the pumpkins everywhere,
each bright orange globe a shot of courage
for the grey and cold to come,
and for the way the light goes golder
and the shadows more purple
and memories somehow more vivid

and how there is  treasure
in what the sky speaks,
and the wind whispers,
and how the trees will hug you back

and how gentleness is strength
and the way the earth flings up ebullient praise to her maker
and you can hear it if you listen
and I  get to be a part of that,
my own marks in the dirt as valuable as
the bells crying out in grand cathedrals

and I suppose that makes me a pretty rich woman
which is not something you’d likely guess
if you saw me rambling down some backroad in my dirty truck
with my windows rolled down and the music cranked up high.
Oh,  you’d think maybe that I’m happy enough
because of the singing
but rich?
I doubt anyone would guess that with a look.
Life is funny that way


“…and in the morning when I rise
you bring a tear of joy to my eyes and tell me
everything is gonna be alright.”
-Kenny Loggins


  1. Elephant's Child on October 14, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    More riches than can ever be put in the bank. Or worn around necks or on hands.
    More lasting, more beautiful and more valuable.
    A gorgeous reminder – thank you.

  2. Julia Bourque on October 14, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    I just complained to a blogger friend about my cracky old knees in the cool morning temperatures. Ben Gay can be a good soothing friend…
    The words that comes from the depth of your heart are never lacking in richness. You are rich indeed.
    I hope that you can touch that beautiful rainbow and make all your wishes come true. October transform everything. What beauty everywhere, even in your poetry.

    Have soothing and peaceful week.

  3. Nancy on October 14, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    It just amazes me how these words just seem to flow from your heart.
    Beautiful shots; I love the rainbow one….

  4. Judy Hartman on October 14, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    I wish I could write like you, Jennifer, but since I cannot, I drink up your words which express life so beautifully. It is so obvious that you write from your heart , and your gift for creating wondrous pictures with your words is thrilling to me. You may be rich in all the beauty nature has to offer, but you bestow richness on us with your poignant reflections. Thank you, thank you, thank you. xo

  5. Lynn on October 15, 2013 at 6:51 am

    I have not been able to afford any blog time for some time now. This bit of time I found to peek in to blogland was so well spent! Thank you for painting my thoughts pretty.

  6. Bren on October 15, 2013 at 7:08 am

    And I’m right there with you as you take us on this vivid word picture of a life well lived. Rich in all that counts I’m thinking, I’ll take that any day no matter what the advertisements might try and tell us 🙂

  7. Mary on October 15, 2013 at 8:01 am

    Looks can so be deceiving can’t they…learning to see with new eyes these days!

    Love you dear Jen, and the beautiful heart you see with!

  8. Peggy on October 15, 2013 at 10:03 am

    I received my package in the mail. I just wanted a piece of your lovely art to keep with me, to remind me of what your page and posts do for my spirit every day. But I got a thick little parcel of all kinds of treasures! Thank you for taking time to write me – for sending me beauty and kindness all wrapped up in heart-mail!

  9. Maryse on October 15, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    yes, we’re rich when we pay attention and fill ourselves with wonder. Thank you for another beautiful post!

  10. kathryn on October 15, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    yes…we are richer than we think we are when we stop and look at our blessings! you are absolutely rich in beautiful words and photos!! (a rare talent!)

  11. Suzanne McRae on October 18, 2013 at 7:47 am

    So many blessings coming through your words… you are richer than you think, by sharing the richness that’s in your soul which comes out beautifully through your writing. Thank you for spreading the many blessed seeds onto your online soil, in return that nourishes our souls. xo

  12. S. Etole on October 18, 2013 at 10:23 am

    That you share the riches makes all of us even richer.

  13. Amy Putkonen on October 18, 2013 at 10:42 am

    Hi Jennifer,

    So glad that Suzanne McRae mentioned your blog and reminded me to stop by so I didn’t miss this post. I loved your poem AND the photos. So very calming and full of gratitude. Thank you for a wonderful start to my weekend!

  14. beth on October 18, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    on top of your beautiful words you then throw in kenny loggins…..perfection !!!

  15. leslie on October 19, 2013 at 10:34 am

    here’s hoping the snap-crackle will ease as those gorgeous october skies give way to november. (also, arnica cream or china gel – both standbys in my home for aches and pains.) that photo of the rainbow bringing color to the trees is fantastic!

  16. Connie Smiley on October 19, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    Oh Jennifer, this is so rich, every little word and phrase. I had to call a friend and read it aloud because all that music should be out loud, don’t you think? I’m rich too, and grateful to our Maker. Thank you, once again.

  17. Relyn on October 19, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    A perfect ending to your post. I’ll be singing that all night long.

  18. Susan on October 21, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    So happy that you share your rich, colorful world!

  19. jeanie on October 22, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    That rainbow is spectacular. Actually, all your photos are, but that one — wow! I just love your attitude.. it is one that needs to be worldwide!

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