Calming Winter Cocoa

Steamy Cocoa by Maria L. Berg 2021

Today I made some yummy cocoa and attempted to capture some of the steam, and then some magic. The great part is I also got to drink the cocoa!

Snow Cocoa by Maria L. Berg 2021

New Poem

Today’s Poetry Form prompt from dVerse Poets Pub is a bit of a challenge. This is the last dVerse prompt of the year as the pub is shutting down for a couple weeks of holiday. So I’ll be coming up with my own prompts for the next couple weeks. Grace came up with a couple ideas for today: to write a Kwansaba or a response to David Whyte’s Blessings poems. I went with the latter and continued with the Changing Focus Blogging Challenge theme of Rest, Sleep, and Hibernation.

Blessing For Sleep
~ after David Whyte

I thank you
for transporting me
from the worries of the day,
the cold demands and expectations
of order and rationality
and whisking me away
to a colorful world of chaos
while secretly doing your work
in the background, cleansing my mind,
letting the bits of useless
sensory information break down
and slough off into the abyss
and thank you for mending
and repairs, the small scabs
from scratching at itchy skin
magically made whole,
tired sore eyes that wouldn’t
stay open, now perceive all
the values of light
surrounding me in the day
and though I failed you
last night, falling back
to the comfortable habit
of staying at the surface
waking often and not
letting myself let go
I know that tonight
we will try again
and you will come without
judgement or expectations,
but offer surprising combinations
of today’s perceptions
I thank you for breaking
the rules and the barriers
to show me other realities,
fantasies and possibilities
tamed through dream experience
my mind a shiny suspension bridge
my hand the tollgate into this world

Cocoa Magic by Maria L. Berg 2021

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Happy Reading and Writing!