Spring Equinox – Barred Owl


Ode to the Barred Owl

Who comes swooping through
our yard
over the brambles, thickets
of indigenous blackberries,
sword ferns, feral zucchini, trillium….


(poem forthcoming in Western Red Cedar)

Winter Solstice 2015

winter sunrise

“don’t dim your joy

you might be a distant star

in someone’s dark night.”

–Elizabeth Cunningham

from So Ecstasy Can Find You

(Hiraeth Press, 2015, p. 47)


Autumn Equinox 2015

Red Rox by Creek

                      Autumn window no. 3: Vulpes fulva, Key of Bflat

She walks along the edges of music
star-lit before the fog rises from the river

Her black paws are quarter notes
black-tipped tail, white belly       diurnal

We see her in the early morning
in the meadow where the Great Horned Owl flies.

Douglas Fir above, blackberry thicket below
Look! She is the color of vine maple leaves

warning symbols on a topographical map
danger! Fire danger high global warming

when we have forgotten the lyrics
the pendulous nest, woven tightly of plant fibers,

our relations. She slips through the grove of Hazelnut
like the mists over Salmon Creek.

She remembers the Sumac, the runes of trees,
voices of Spotted Towhee.

– Gwendolyn Morgan

Crow Feathers, Red Ochre, Green Tea
Danvers,MA: Hiraeth Press, 2013. 4


Summer Solstice 2015


We welcome the magic and holiness of Summer Solstice!

“Holiness comes wrapped in the ordinary. There are burning bushes all around you.
Every tree is full of angels. Hidden beauty is waiting in every crumb.”
— from A Tree Full of Angels, Macrina Wiederkehr, O.S.B.

Vernal Equinox


We welcome the arrival of Spring with Great Blue Heron fishing along Salmon Creek.
We watch the female as she weaves marsh grasses, Douglas fir needles, moss, and small twigs for her nest. Although we see herons nearly every day, we catch our breath as they wade in the water in the morning mists, and catch fish and frogs throughout these unusually sunny Spring days.

Although Imbolc, also known as St. Brigid’s Day, celebrates the arrival of longer, warmer, days, it is only now when we begin to feel the balance of the season at this time in the turning of the wheel of the year. Spring Equinox is sacred to dawn, the morning star, and resurrection. Eostre, the Saxon goddess (from whose name we get the direction East and the holiday Easter) is a morning goddess. Just as the dawn is the time of new light, so the Vernal Equinox is the time of new life and new beginnings. We celebrate each breath, each day, each poem.

With gratitude to the editors of Written River, for inclusion in the latest issue of Written River.

Check out the new site for this Journal of Eco-Poetics:



Samhain 2014

photo by Judy A. Rose
photo by Judy A. Rose

Halloween/Samhain 31 October 2014 Celtic New Year
Sun in Scorpio. Moon in Capricorn, edgy lunar squares to Uranus and Mercury.

Cross quarter between Autumn Equinox and Winter Solstice — from now until Spring Equinox, the nights are longer than the days. Samhain brings the gifts of reflection and renewal. As the cold wind and misty rains wrap around us, so our souls are led to reflective depths. Around the world, this time is traditionally associated with the remembrance of our ancestors, with the coming of death and the beginning of new life. The veils are thin between the worlds.

With gratitude for all those sentient beings who bring us gifts, this season we give thanks for the winged ones as we celebrate the release of a new anthology:

Winged: New Writing on Bees



Summer Solstice

Crows                                “Talking with Crows”     Acrylic on canvas, 2014

Summer brings the longest days of the year and much golden light and gratitude.   Gratitude enkindles a grateful heart, and a grateful heart illuminates the space around it. With gratitude to: Hiraeth Press, Cover to Cover Bookstore for a poetry reading in February, Judy for Native American Flute accompaniment with my reading, Cascadia for a book signing slot at the AWP conference,  the First Unitarian Church 2014 Fine Arts Show where this painting was first displayed, the Afterlife Conference this past week, and for all those who support us on our journey.


Winter Solstice 21 December 2013

 Raven in the snow_edited-1

This morning the Winter Solstice illuminated the Western Gate of the Medicine Wheel of the Seasons, marking a significant shift.  Golden-crowned Kinglet greeted me on Salmon Creek trail.   White Egret and Great Blue Heron reminded me that this season is a time for slowing down, reflecting, going within for interior time.   Raven and Crow noted that this is a time of intense light in the spiritual world.  The Sun rose out of the fog just as the Capricorn Solstice occurred.

May we fluff our feathers and enkindle the inner fires of our hearts so that light of spirit may more brightly guide us in the coming year. May we nurture that inner flame and honor that good medicine.  May the brilliant light of the Celestials, of the Sun,  Moon and Star Nations embolden us to write, paint, compose, create new artistic pieces.  May we give thanks and gratitude for all that is provided for us and gifted to us as we celebrate holidays, holy days, and prepare for a new calendar year.

This holiday season, reminds us: “to become the extra light that is needed to push thru the dark night of the soul. To become that which we do not see in our lives. To become hope and faith and love… To become a living light no matter what season it is.” (Gillian MacBeth quoted by Stephanie Austin in Eco-Astrology Update:  Gemini-Sagittarius Full Moon, Solstice and more, December 2013).


Virgo New Moon

Baby Crow 1With gratitude to the editors at Hiraeth Press, Crow Feathers, Red Ochre, Green Tea was released on Thursday, Rosh Hashanah and the Virgo New Moon.

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