Thursday, January 31, 2013


at long last rain arrives
three inches deep
reviving nature long dry
fennel is happy
kale stands at attention
leaf buds peek out
spring's promise in every breeze

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Wet Feet

an old desk returned to me
an odd faded spot noticed
an errant glass assumed
today the light is just right
and i lean just right
to discover a canine print
left by an excited friend 
with wet paws

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

The New Five and Dime

so many worlds all in one place
cheap and tawdry, sexy and mysterious
modern and years past, cowboys and spies
soulful and unmoving, inspiring and courageous
all found in the kindle store
our new version of the five and dime

Monday, January 28, 2013

Funeral Pyre

i stare at the starling
shot by a troublesome neighbor
there are tiny crosses fashioned 
of twigs, leaves and acorns
children have built a pyre
the bird is lovingly laid on top
all that is missing is the fire

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Black market laundry soap

the 10PM news reports
tide stolen from stores
is sold to laundromat patrons
stores keep less on shelves
to discourage such thefts
and now i wonder if i have heard everything!

Saturday, January 26, 2013

A Splash of Orange

the starlings and cowbirds are back
drawn by bread too stale for most
all is black in this little flock
save for a splash of orange flitting about
a lone robin takes what it needs
unconcerned with the others doing the same

Friday, January 25, 2013

Dream world: The woman in white

a woman in a white dress 
stands among gray, leafless trees in green grass
white daisies spattered here and there
she peers beyond the trees
past the line of small orangey sunflowers
curiosity, wonder and excitement intermingle in the air

Thursday, January 24, 2013


no words can explain
innocence taken, forever lost
trust unraveled, all are suspect
all sense of comfort shattered
no place on earth safe

Tuesday, January 22, 2013


come in from the cold
another log on the fire
flames fill the space with feathers of red
welcome warmth from an efficient destroyer

No School!

i take a break to glance out the window 
at the neighbor kids relishing their day off
climbing a tree, a coat hanging from a limb
chasing, laughing, giggling, screaming
their watchful dobies join in
rolling, frolicking, yipping excitedly
delighting in this moment with their people

Monday, January 21, 2013


the morning is different
no birds at the feeders fighting for perch
no squirrels foraging for the morning meal
no frantic barking from the neighboring yards
no local felines walking their beat
my coffee and I venture out
understanding dawns
we have been blessed with a biting cold
one that keeps man and beast 
huddled for warmth in the comfort of home

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Mr. Lincoln

i wait in anticipation for Mr. Lincoln's arrival
an expert in electronic games
world's greatest block architect
scooby doo's most ardent fan
we will jump on pillows and throw the ball
play chase outside and drive the baby jeep
we will have a grand saturday to outshine all other saturdays!

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Red-bellied woodpecker

Courtesy of

a splendid black and white red head stands out gaily against the gray bark
he sparkles in the sunlight, he is the main show
gravity is no problem as he skitters up the trunk searching for his bounty
his brief visit is a rare treasure that makes me hope we will see more

Friday, January 18, 2013

a dog snuggled next to me in the warmth of the cocoon
delicate gray gossamer passes to blissful black
new sunshine unnoticed
a day's tasks forgotten
ah...the delicious sensation of sleeping-in

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Ode to a Five Year Old

our delightful little bailey with the large personality
expressive artist, animated storyteller
fearless athlete extraordinaire
highly independent, frustrated by adult interference 
the air is charged, the house bounces to life at her arrival
our spaniel is excited for such an enthusiastic play pal
our feline hides, certain her peaceful existence has ended
this is our little bailey who adds such excitement to our lives

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

The Tabby Tease

Our neighborhood tabby wanders our back yard.
He's in no hurry; he's calm, relaxed,
Exploring here and there, pouncing on the occasional leaf.
A dog barks from behind the fence.
The tabby considers the frantic dog momentarily, 
then chooses this moment to bathe. 
He teases the poor animal into a frenzy, then moves to the next yard as if nothing has happened. 

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

hearing is muted, head feels heavy
eyes sensitive to the gray morning light
i know i should eat, but my stomach flips at the thought
curtains stay drawn as weapons are gathered
preparing to fight the migraine threatening at my temples

Monday, January 14, 2013

©2012 Dana Norberg

the sky darkens, a storm threatens
the calm warm air of the morning 
gives way to a biting wind in the afternoon
mother nature has been teasing
then reminds me it is January, after all

Sunday, January 13, 2013


An army of black birds glides into the yard.
They are noisy; I hear little besides their chirping and calling.
They peck and pull at the ground; they seem convinced the rain has brought them culinary delights.
My spaniel is confused. Should she give chase? There are so many!
A few minutes later, as if on cue, they rise noisily into the sky only to invade the yard across the street.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Sitting on my patio, my favorite coffee cup in hand.
The early morning air is surprisingly mild for January.
I attempt to focus on the life happening all around me, but my mind is stubborn.
My body quivers with the excitement of a new project, new research, new subject, new challenge.
I smile and think how fortunate I feel at this moment...

Friday, January 11, 2013

Laundry Day

ah...laundry day
the basket overflows with assorted shades of color
browns, reds, greens, grays, oranges, whites
all peak out at me like curious children pressed against a window
i stare at the basket
i wonder how two people can possibly dirty so much in one week

Thursday, January 10, 2013

La Tragedia

a family waits to cross a busy road
mother, father and child
father begins to move with the stroller
my mind screams "too soon, too soon, too soon!"
it seems unreal!
the scene unfolds in slow motion
cars screech to a sudden stop
angry horns sound out in long peels
i am sure i will see a tragedy!
then i realize the family has made it safely across
i begin to breath normally, my heart slows to normal
i feel as if i have just witnessed a miracle

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Lost Friend

©2012 Dana Norberg

A lost friend has found me!
Lost long ago as life carried us along our separate paths.
Sweet remembrances of smiles, stories, desires, fears exchanged.
I wonder how we could have been lost to each other for so long.
I am reveling in the delight her surprise note has given me.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Mystery Dream

An old man in a darkened house in another country.

Snow. Deep. White. Sparkling in the generous sunlight.

And hot cocoa.

He is talking to a neighbor, only a light jacket to protect against the cold.

A young girl arrives.

She is upset, depressed for some reason unknown to me.

I make hot cocoa for her.

She feels better but does not smile.

And I wonder why I am there, a guest in this man's house, making cocoa for this girl.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Photo courtesy of the Washington Missourian.

Soft chirping draws me to the window. 
The dry, brown basil bush is alive with tiny gray winter birds. 
They cling to the branches reaching for their treasure, 
the seeds left in summer's wake.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

There has to be a way to do this.
Aaahhhgggg! I will never figure this out!
One mocha break later...
Knowledge found. A skill learned.

***doing the happy dance***

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Day 5...Dreams

Photo Copyright Dana Norberg

My dreams are odd lately.
Extraordinary places.
Friends and relatives not seen in ages.
Whacky events and conversation that makes me laugh when I wake. 

And I wonder what it all means...

Friday, January 4, 2013

The Wii island seems warm, sunny, green. Inviting. I look out my window and see brown grass sparkling with frost in the cool early sunlight. I am disappointed, but only for a moment as I remember one world is not real...

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Smooth steaming coffee
2 Sugars

a hint of chocolate
Break Time Heaven!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Day 2

My neighbor's brown pampas hedge shines like polished brass in the early morning sunlight. The air is crisp. The doves puff up against the cold.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

My first effort!

Snow flakes
like small faeries floating slowly to the earth.