Wind blowing clouds this way
in the distance rumbles sound
rain starts hitting the windows
beyond the mountain lightning flashes
long before thunder rumbles
rain increases with sudden force
wind slams it harder than it falls
clouds move closer bringing the storm
A flash of lightning crashes down close
Boom! and the lights go out
sparks fly out of the gas stovetop
the house shakes as children…
flames lick at logs
chairs in a circle
guitar notes float
on nighttime air
smell of oak and pine
mix with honeysuckle
pass the wine and mead
chants and songs
add more wood
the night is young
the bonfire’s good
Dry leaves crunch under my feet
as I walk the path to the cabin and creek.
A gentle breeze moves the leaves
making the trees wave gentle rustles.
Two squirrels play together
before making bushy tailed babies.
A deer dips her head to the creek
a spotted baby by her side.
Dappled sun shines through the trees
warming spots on the ground.
The cabin stands peaceful and quiet
inviting me to retreat and…
My greenhouse is unheated. It has five windows on the South side. The doors have sliding glass, and there’s a ventilation fan. This might seem to be a problem, especially when the temperature changes that way it did today. When I awoke, it was about 60 degrees F. As the day progressed, the temperature dropped dramatically. It is now approaching 30 degrees F. Am I worried about the plants…
Blue Grape Hyacinth
Quiet and peaceful
slow moving clouds
and low sun
awaken the day
in the trees
Deer in the field
turkey calls out
country morning to you.
by Liz C. Long
Independently Published, 2013
Courtney, a witch, carried protection potions with her at all times. This did not help her when a very powerful, black witch kidnaps and murders her. The ritual that killed her involved removing her heart. She was not the first witch to die in this way. Two others before her were killed in the same manner.