Posted by Gerry on May 20th, 2016

The Faces of Rent Stabilization in Santa Rosa
Power responds to power
Kindness responds to kindness
Civility responds to civility
When people exercise power
With kindness and civility
People win
All people
All of us will be satisfied
If we conduct ourselves

Potencia responde al poder
La bondad a la piedad
Civilidad responde a la civilidad
Nos pueblo ejerce el poder
con amabilidad y cortesía
Las personas ganan
Todos vamos a estar satisfechos
Si nos conducimos

تستجيب السلطة إلى السلطة
اللطف يستجيب إلى اللطف
الكياسة وتستجيب لالكياسة
نحن شعب ممارسة السلطة
مع اللطف والكياسة
تربح الناس
كل الناس
وعلينا جميعا أن نرضى
إذا كان لنا أن نتصرف


051216 Transportation Town Hall 101

But, for the rest of us

Posted by Gerry on March 22nd, 2016

032016 NBOP Right to a Roof
But, for the rest of us
The time has come
to stand up
if we can
Or sit together
And raise up
our thoughts and votes
to the heights
they need to arise

Yes, and, for the rest of us
The gathering time has arrived
We arise in loving response
to our sisters and brothers
All of us care for each one.
That is how the world should be

for the rest of us.
032016 NBOP Right to a Roof

Inspired by Tim Konrad

Homeless Count 2016

Posted by Gerry on January 29th, 2016

010516 st rose church homeless (1)

A record number of volunteers came out
To see what they could do about
Sisters and brothers sleeping in trees
Living lives with heads help high, while crawling on their knees
Found cats sleeping in cars
Sleeping underneath the stars
Mothers or fathers, sisters or brothers, right there beside them
Friends at the bottom sharing a life besotten
of turmoil then gladness
despite all the sadness
Beside each other life is complete
with spirit and companions there is no defeat
<><><><><><><><><><><><><><><> 01/29/16 for Marie

010516 st rose church homeless (2)

A life declared

Posted by Gerry on December 11th, 2015

Fall, Petaluma

An ongoing life declared
Blessings upon blessings
goodness upon goodness
light upon day
time upon being
present upon present
revelation upon movement
then upon now
now upon the future
future life declared

Fingertip counting

Posted by Gerry on November 30th, 2015

Fingertip counting
Syllables shaping poem
Got to write it down
<><><><><><><><><><><><><><> 11/24/15

Blessings are not deserved

Posted by Gerry on November 30th, 2015

112915 Petaluma sunburst
Blessings are not deserved
Blessings are bestowed
Upon those who wait
Expectantly breathing
Recognizing the power
Which flows in each of us.
<><><><><><><><><><><><><><> 08/11/15

Being alone together
Gives time to tie the heart strings.
Together we are not alone.
The time frame of hearts intertwines through.
<><><><><><><><><><><><><><> 10/27/15
112715 bowl photos ppsc 050

Just a thought

Posted by Gerry on November 30th, 2015

080115 Calvary Cemetery Bodega-47
I am pretty certain that I underestimated you.
<><><><><><><><><><><><><><> 08/20/15
080115 Calvary Cemetery Bodega-49

The sunlight belongs to all

Posted by Gerry on November 30th, 2015

Humboldt Redwoods, Founders Grove in smoky light
Redwood trees of the California Coast have stood strong for hundreds and thousands of years.
When someone visits these incredibly large trees along the “Avenue of the Giants” the lessons to be learned might have something to tell about the local culture and hierarchy.

The redwood groves have layers of climate and environment; micro climates are distinct.
At the base the roots reach out among the trees. And as the roots grow intertwined the trees help hold each other up by their linkage.
The forest floor amongst the redwoods is rich and moist and a place of peace. Respect for age and size and interdependence of each tree on the other trees is experienced here.
In the middle range of the trees there is life among the branches. Birds and mice and flying squirrels move about, living a life in the middle.
In the top reaches of the tree, up among the rich sunlight, the newest growth reaches up. The moisture of the fog as pulled in to refresh the sun drenched branches

The people who are among the top branches of the Redwood Empire may see themselves as the ones entitled to the sunlight, they may feel the fog belongs to them. To be accurate though, the fog reaches the entire tree and nurtures the entire forest. The sunlight belongs to all.

The people at the base of our society are the ones to hold up the tree. The forests is made up of intertwined relationships which form all cohesiveness and collaboration.
<><><><><><><><><><><><><><> 07/30/15
071115 Miranda trip (125)

Love is in the air

Posted by Gerry on November 30th, 2015

111515 Sonoma County 397
Love is in the air
Hummingbirds come together by the redwood trees
Beak to beak flying
Spinning in a synchronized pattern
Spinning like a corkscrew into the air
Cascading suddenly down and away
Flying off to wispy clouds
Beyond the stand of trees
Lovers laugh to see the sight
Of nature all around
While hearts entwine our feelings find
Our hearts back here on the ground
Joyous visage looking up
The lives in truth emerging
As beauty was
Still beauty is
In our joining we have found
The parts of us worth saving
<><><><><><><><><><><><><><> 07/18/15
Bird bath Fall color
The Sun whirrs
my loved one stirs
my heart improves
on a sunny Sunday afternoon
sunshine on the curtain falls
like a poem falling off the bed

hearts delight in the afternoon bright
as lazy is what lazy does
on a day like no other
balmy breezes and the Redwood trees
river noises expanding none the less

the mating Hawks above us
calling out their names
omen of magnificent becoming
on this glorious day
I have learned to live each moment
and this indeed is a very fine moment
<><><><><><><><><><><><><><> 08/16/15

Hummingbird at Bantam
On the patio watering plants in the Sun
a hummingbird brushed her shoulder
and gazed briefly into her eyes

the river of life and wind of God touched by a hummingbird

a river of humanity flows on a road
like water over rapids
sunshine or clouds do not slow down
the flow the river passes

and wind of God touched by a hummingbird

loving beauty and cherishing time
to make a space to reflect
surrounded by color and wisps above
finding each moments best aspect

the river of life and wind of the creator
touched by the brush of hummingbird wings

gazing on this sunny afternoon
at the beauty of her smile
and the gift of her time
days and nights shared
with wings of a hummingbird

the river of life
and the breath of God
across the earth arriving
at the place, this space,
in the form of a hummingbird
<><><><><><><><><><><><><><> 10/06/15
Hummingbird at Bantam
A cocoon by a river
Hanging in the air
Above the trees
Not in the trees
Above the world
Not in the world
Tender warmth
Enshrouded in thread
Growing new wings
And colors which emerge

Awakening in a cocoon
Branches shadows colors
Light of day or night
Sometime difference merges
In vivid space to grow
Where life and love are melded
In a protected place
Breathe and pulse enshrouded
Growing all life’s grace
<><><><><><><><><><><><><><> 10/24/15
Sunflowers & wine

To Laurel and Amy

Posted by Gerry on November 30th, 2015

Petaluma Sky
Peace be with you in how you honor them.
All the gods and the goddesses were never so blessed as you.
Life’s currents running
Down the passage of time

Riversides of the streams we flow in
Collect the detritus of our lives
But the times we anchored there
In times like these we have no care

Another once might linger there
Ocean breezes push sails; pulling these ones
These humans living a day of their life
Holding their good as well as their strife.

Back to the waves and the ocean blue
Far and near they change in hue
Blessed horizons blend with sky
As the lives and waves slip by

Honor these the lustrous ones
Brothers sisters all the one
In times when live’s best deeds were done

Hearts in time will find their place
In a precious garden or a smiling face
Dreams do come true.
<><><><><><><><><><><><><><> 09/04/15

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