Sun Worship on a Snowy Day

Reindeer Log by Maria L. Berg 2021

New Poem

Oh Sun, We Have Missed You

Today we worship the sun
eyes closed, we absorb
It pets us with photons
enters us and makes us light
See orange turn to pink
behind our lids
filled with warm calm
our cheeks lift
as our faces float
We curl up and breathe it
let it fill our cavities
like bird bones
The vibrating surface
reflects its caresses
like blown kisses
shimmering fire hearts
sent across the lake
The shadows have already shifted
the sun moved to the next window
but our eyes still glow

Yule Log by Maria L. Berg
Water Log by Maria L. Berg 2021
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Fuzzy Mittens on a Snowy Day

Kitty Mittens by Maria L. Berg 2021

Today’s photo prompt “mittens” inspired me to get wrapped up in my snow clothes and go play in the snow. Kitty came out to guide me home.

My Snow Angel by Maria L. Berg 2021

New Poem

Slippers for Hands

I don’t own any mittens
I searched the drawers
and the cubbies in the closet
I have gloves
gore-tex gloves for skiing
knitted gloves lined with fleece
wine colored gloves with white fur cuffs
but no mittens
I shouldn’t be surprised
but I am
I always had mittens
growing up
off-white wool mittens
from Sweden
but you don’t need mittens
in New Orleans
since I never liked mittens-
I found them restricting-
why would I replace them
after evacuating
the closest thing I have
to mittens
are the slipper socks
I got for Christmas
when I first saw them
I pulled them over my hands
and tugged them up my arms
and said “or sleeves”
so I pull them on now
they are so soft inside
they reveal how dry my hands are
so I remove them and slather my skin
with moisturizer-wait-then apply again
I want the full softness experience
I pull my mittens up
over my elbows
like fuzzy opera gloves
the navy, white, and sky bumps
feel good on my face
I have no fingers
I have no thumbs
I can pick up my book
open it to my bookmark
but the pages turn in bunches
I cannot turn to the next page
after much trial and error
I bend down and stick my tongue
to the upper right corner
at first the saliva collects
tiny blue fuzz
but then
success
I read that page
and the next
with warm hands
wrapped in soft hugs

Snow Kitty by Maria L. Berg 2021
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Sunlight on the Snow

Snow Love by Maria L. Berg 2021

Today I learned that I can make bokeh shapes with sparkles on the snow. If the sun had stayed out, I would have played with all my filters, but it only peeked out from the clouds for a moment.

Such Lovely Snow by Maria L. Berg 2021

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Snow Day

Sunlight dancing on the snow enraptures
sparkling rainbows on every surface captivate
blissful seagulls dive and rise in thrilling chase
floating, flying fervent frenzy of freedom
rapturous revival raw and wild
the still silence entrances
a dreamy delicious day

Snow Love Two by Maria L. Berg 2021
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Return with the Snowglobe

Waking Up Inside a Snowglobe by Maria L. Berg 2021

This morning I received a real snowglobe world.

My Snowglobe Footprint by Maria L. Berg 2021

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The prompt at Poetic Bloomings today is Prompt #366 – Many Happy Returns which challenges us to write a return poem.

Fleeting

She will never return
that woman of yesterday
before this morning’s snow
before the candycane
melted in this coffee
she is but a blip of history
a snug memory
of the woman I used to be
She will never return
that woman of this morning
before putting on boots
to make footsteps in the snow
before grabbing the camera
to make snowglobes
before jumping back
under the covers
to cuddle with the cat
and listen to him purr
she was still half asleep
and she stayed there
with all the possibilities
ahead of her
I will never return
the me staring out the window
at the large white flakes
falling from the thick gray
meeting the water, so I
really do feel like I’m
in a snowglobe
I am but a moment
now a snug memory
a blip in history
I will never return

Receiving Snow by Maria L. Berg 2021

If you’ve enjoyed the photographs I’ve been taking, I’ve added some to my RedBubble store and I’m excited about the new products. The abstract bokeh really lends itself to product design. So fun. While you’re looking, please click the hearts to like the images on the RedBubble site. It will help my work get attention. Thank you.

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#SoCS: Everything is yummy when you give it away.

The Spirit of Altruism by Maria L. Berg 2021

Today’s prompt, altruism, inspired me to finally make an open hand bokeh filter. I like how it turned out. Then I had fun filling it.

Giving is Growing by Maria L. Berg 2021

Stream of Consciousness

It’s stream of consciousness Saturday. The prompt for today is “yum.” My family gathered for gift giving last night and my mother made the most delicious strawberry cake. Yum. This morning I put the super-soft slipper socks that my sister gave me onto my frozen feet and wow they are yummy. I opened the Starbucks mug from my bother and it came with Holiday coffee which I am drinking. Yum. And it’s perfect with the old fashioned donut holes I bought for this morning’s breakfast. Yum. But the yummiest was waking up to my favorite kitty who came to cuddle with me and gave me loud purrs for Christmas. So yummy.

Handful by Maria L. Berg 2021

New Poem

For today’s new poem prompt I repeated what I did last week and browsed my WordPress Reader and found:

Fandango’s One Word Challenge (FOWC). Today’s word is Memento.

Paeansunplugged’s Ragtag Daily Prompt Saturday is Gift.

Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt #241 is Din. This challenge includes a word limit of exactly 19 words.

Weihnachtsgespann

Through the din
of crumpling paper
and electronic toys
she presented an
unwrapped gift,
a delicate memento
to cherish.

Helping Hands by Maria L. Berg 2021

If you’ve enjoy the photographs I’ve been taking, I’ve added some to my RedBubble store and I’m excited about the new products. The abstract bokeh really lends itself to product design. So fun. If you get a chance to take a look, please press the hearts on the images you like. It will help my work get noticed. Thank you.

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Eating All the Sunlight-Soaked Oranges

Pretty Christmas Oranges by Maria L. Berg 2021

I enjoy getting a little orange in my stocking every year. Today, I played with visualizing the joy of that experience.

Adding More Oranges by Maria L. Berg 2021

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A Precarious Achievement

It was a beautiful ceiling,
a feeling of wishing
the time I wasn’t home
flickers across and distorts
our lives.
Games and cookies further generalized
while the implications stimulated
giving us candles, the yard
was spectacularly vulnerable.
Eliminating rationality,
I went into the street
with more decentered
notions of weaknesses.
Prepared for senility,
they made sure to keep
the windows hot/cold.
Only just beginning
not to improve, but
nothing came back.
From their fragmentation?
She’d say insufficient metaphors.

They Left to Join the Sun by Maria L. Berg 2021
A Stocking Full of Oranges by Maria L. Berg 2021
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Christmas Duck Giving

Giving Christmas Duck by Maria L. Berg 2021

What does giving look like? Yesterday, while rummaging around looking for yeti things, I happened upon this dishtowel I forgot I had. The universe gifted me this Christmas duck, so I decided to give it some gifts.

A Frog for Its Head by Maria L. Berg 2021

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On Vacation

We visited
something else disappeared
pieces of shared experience
taking up residence
in the paintings
on your forehead
and the crook behind
a slightly bent left leg

The apartment didn’t want to keep me
If wallpapered, the same place
so we met in other places
If only your smile were digestible
when we stayed together
we reflected their appearance
these women
during clenched fists

It isn’t fair that the flavor or feel
is neither sugar nor milk
to my coffee
I let you finish my reach
forward to cut into the bits
before depositing them
to encounter the rebuke

Duck in Santa Hat by Maria L. Berg 2021
Christmas Duck Songs by Maria L. Berg 2021
Showered with Gifts by Maria L. Berg 2021
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A Visit From Yeti

The Giant Footprint in the Yard by Maria L. Berg 2021

Yeti Appears by Maria L. Berg 2021

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At the Motel Pool

She sits on a stool in a blue pool
with the water over her head
I expect her to bloom
like the strange flowers
in my clear glass tea pot
but she straddles that stool
and competes with the water
for bluest
My shins in the shallows shimmer
flesh under fresh pressure
a slippery contradictory mystery
now I’m swimming; it’s thrilling
and she’s grinning and filming
When did she leave her stool and the pool?
Stop! I implore her, but she’s already bored
and towel-wrapped headed for a door
Strange how blinding light can tilt
and wilt to chill; I shiver
and my trembling lips fight the water
for bluest

Eats a Candy Cane by Maria L. Berg 2021 Bokeh on GAMAGO Yeti Journal
Puts on a Santa Hat by Maria L. Berg 2021 Bokeh on GAMAGO Yeti journal
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The Joys of Gingerbread

The Gingerbread Man Got Caught by Maria L. Berg 2021

Today’s photography prompt was inspiring. I refilled my glass gingerbread man with syrup and I made some healthy gingerbread with freshly grated ginger and toasted hazelnut flour (instead of almond). I’m so glad I tried it, because Gingerbread People are delicious.

Yummy Gingerbread Person and Cookie with Dried Plum by Maria L. Berg 2021

New Poem

Sweet Gingerbread Love by Maria L. Berg 2021

Disquieting Signs

Lift it up
Hold it up to
a light source
a reflection of changes
my broken parts
may slide
when the waters arrive
to challenge
the edges of this
lift the corner
see our wild beasts
absorbed in fascination
to elucidate
reject the sameness of life
takes on a different meaning
find a beautiful haven
some way for mutuality
and interaction
like a string of horses
splashing ahead
in terms of connection
I have so much ground
to cover, cook longer,
and then check again

Spreading Christmas Cheer by Maria L. Berg 2021
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And for the Change of Focus Challenge theme Rest, Sleep, and Hibernation, here’s a picture of the gingerbread person at rest:

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Do You Hear What I Hear?

Jingle Bells by Maria L. Berg 2021

A few days ago I realized that Bells managed to get on my prompt calendar twice. I thought about replacing it, but then I concluded that I hadn’t done much with the bells filter I created the first time around. I had some fun detailing my bells with pieces of label stickers.

Ringing in Christmas by Maria L. Berg 2021

New Poem

The prompt at Poetic Bloomings today is Prompt #365 – Do You See What I See? which challenges us to write from the perspective of an item associated with Christmas.

I Worry She’s Forgotten Me

I stand in this dark corner
by the closet in the hall.
She moved me here
to clear a path for the couch,
but never put me back by the door.
She left a windbreaker
and a floppy summer hat
as if to define me,
define my purpose,
or a purpose I once had.
This change of station
has me worrying
that she won’t use me this year.
But I was filled with anticipation
as the festivities started early.
She pulled out decorations
and new lights arrived
and then more came.
But something’s wrong:
she moves the lights
from room to room
hanging them in colorful defiance
of the encroaching dark,
but she takes them down again.
A week ago, she set up Santa’s village
and fixed the toy shop’s roof,
but now it’s put away.
It’s as if she’s taunting me
every single day.
The first year, I felt strange,
out of place, over-dressed
and embarrassed when she
hung lights and decorations
where coats and hats
were meant to be.
But as the gifts lay at my base
and I saw the smiles
in my lights
on her face
I began to enjoy
my stand-in role
she created.
Every year she has added
to my Christmas costume.
Last year colorful ostrich feathers
bedecked me as a modernist palm.
And yet I stand bare
my basic shape of function showing.
Will she or won’t she?
It’s torture,
this waiting,
not knowing.

Christmas Bells Are Ringing by Maria L. Berg 2021

If you’ve enjoyed the photographs I’ve been taking, I’ve added some to my RedBubble store and I’m excited about the new products. The abstract bokeh really lends itself to product design. So fun. While you’re looking, please click the hearts to like the images on the RedBubble site. It will help my work get attention. Thank you.

Let the Heavens Ring by Maria L. Berg 2021
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