Friday, August 30, 2013


The deep burgandy 
blossoms emulate the 
Missouri State school
colors; I notice this on 
BearWear Friday,
people passing me by
dressed in maroon.

catherinenglish 08-30-2013


You know you are on a college campus
when on your morning walk to the 
bookstore to buy Clinque for the bonus,
you look down and see this colorful 
sign and you have to laugh out loud. 

catherinenglish 08-30-2013

Wednesday, August 28, 2013


From the Tower of London,
a prisoner leaves 
behind a symbol
of his suffering,
locked up for 
following his
faith, or perhaps 
being a bit too 

catherinenglish 08-28-13

Tuesday, August 27, 2013


It seems like only a few 
days ago, I was greeted 
each morning
by the sounds of the daily 
market vendors outside 
our hotel in Athens,
the clamor of voices
each louder,
attracting buyers
for one's particular 

catherinenglish 08-27-2013

Monday, August 26, 2013


When I opened the door to 
my office last Wednesday,
the bouquet of flowers
made me smile and my heart leap,
knowing immediately
these were from my Daisy Friend,
a fellow lover of books and flowers,
sent to remind me that I am loved. 

catherinenglish 08-26-2013

A new school year and a new 
deep map, my fourth one, 
a progression of images,
tree, peace sign, lamp of knowledge
and now, a tea cup, with the word,
Content!  The double meaning not 
lost on future teachers of English.

catherinenglish 08-25-2013

Saturday, August 24, 2013


Recruitment week is over,
celebrated in one's finest
black formal attire,
welcoming new young 
women into a sorority 
for life, reminding us
that some events in life
require a sense of 

catherinenglish 08-24-2013


It is a treasure of life
to witness your grown 
children happy,
and more than happy,
content with their new
life and new friends,
continuing intellectual
and spiritual growth,
always becoming.

catherinenglish 08-23-2013

Thursday, August 22, 2013


This diffenbachia reminds
me of Jerry and it looks so
sad without him here to 
talk to it, water it, 
give it plenty of tender,
loving care.

catherinenglish 08-22-2013

I have officially moved over to the dark side,
but my Mac friends question, "What dark side?" 
and I tell them it is a joke, since, clearly, Macs are much 
lighter and intuitive than any ole PC.

catherinenglish 08-21-2013

Apparently the folks at Family Laundry
have not updated their decor in several years 
since Missouri State University has not been
SMS for quite a few years, (Southwest Missouri State),
but at least they are showing support for their local schools.

catherinenglish 08-20-2013

Monday, August 19, 2013


Missing these two beautiful babies,
way up north in Nebraska,
Labor Day weekend can't come soon enough.

catherinenglish 08-19-2013

Sunday, August 18, 2013


There are always rules to follow
when you go to a public place 
like the local laudromat,
and of course, there is also 
an app for everything.

catherinenglish 08-18-2013

When I was a kid, our washer and dryer
broke down often which meant 
we had to go to the laundromat,
a place that was filthy, filthy, 
and I remembered thinking,
"How are our clothes supposed to be
clean if this place is so dirty?" 
And it seems this is a universal truth, 
and things just don't change.

catherinenglish 08-17-2013


It has been a very long time
since I have had to do laundry 
at a laudromat;
over thirty years ago,
when we were utterly poor 
and living in Tecumseh, Nebraska.
Life is full circle.

catherinenglish 08-16-2013

Thursday, August 15, 2013


The western sun
lightens the blue 
bedspread in my
new apartment
in Springfield,
adjusting to a life alone.

catherinenglish 08-15-2013


The morning fog 
on I-29, 
rises up, 
greets the sun.

catherinenglish 08-14-2013

I want to jump into this
riot of color,
sink my nose into the 
luscious scents, the happy
smell of fruit,
fresh with delightful sugar 
and just a touch of heat, hot 

catherinenglish 08-13-2013

I'm not sure how they 
constructed the curve 
in this arch, but I am 
certain it is an 
architect's dilemma.

catherinenglish 08-12-2013


My niece sent me 
a message
that she, too, 
had her photo
taken at this 
very same spot,
a young woman 
studying in Germany, 
taking day trips 
around Europe, 
stopping in Budapest
to see the sights.

catherinenglish 08-11-2013

What a beautiful plate 
of salmon with sauce,
new potatoes and a touch 
of fresh greens accompanied
by a fine Hungarian white wine.

catherinenglish 08-10-2013

We didn't know we were 
not supposed to take photos
of the American Embassy
in Budapest until we got 
closer to the door and read 
the instructions. 

catherineenglish 08-09-2013


The Fisherman's Bastion
protected Hungarians 
from many invaders,
surprisingly surviving
two world wars. 

catherinenglish 08-08-2013


The walls appear to crumble,
but in reality, these old churches
were built to last,
eternal yet eventually
as ephemeral as the Pyramids
of Egypt.

catherinenglish 08-07-2013

A house on the Buda side,
modernized, yet retaining
some of the old, 
reminder of the 
Iron Curtain
and its dark, dreary 
fist of things gray and ugly.

catherinenglish 08-06-2013

Monday, August 5, 2013


I have found it takes a lot of courage
to leave a place I've lived for twenty-one years,
a place I have called home and raised our children,
so saying good-bye and starting a new life leaves 
me an emotional wreck, but I take heart,
like other immigrants, hoping for a brighter future.

catherinenglish 08-05-2013

Hamburg, Germany has two
St. Michael's Churches; one
Catholic and one Lutheran,
but the Catholic Church
has the larger baptismal 
fountain, guarded by a
statue of its namesake.

catherinenglish 08-04-2013 

Espressions has been 
my coffee haven
for over a decade,
serving up salads,
soups, sandwiches,
omelets, and the 
rich company of 
good friends.  

catherinenglish 08-03-2013

"If the learned and worldly-wise men of this age were to allow mankind to inhale the fragrance of fellowship and love, every understanding heart would apprehend the meaning of true liberty, and discover the secret of undisturbed peace and absolute composure."  -Tablet of Maqsúd

Friday, August 2, 2013


Europe is full of
glorious alters,
grandiose and gold,
signifying the Glory of God,
once filled to capacity 
with worshipers,
now large and empty,
a reminder of the vastly 
wealthy patrons who 
paid for it,
preserving their "good name" 
for the future.

catherinenglish 08-02-2013

Thursday, August 1, 2013


You will never grow old,
retaining the beauty of youth,
a spirit so strong,
you overcame more than many
could ever dream of; 
ever watchful,
ever seeking a moment 
to touch someone's life 
with your smile 
and helping hand.

catherinenglish 08-01-2013

(Godfrey John Brokenrope, 1963-2013)

Tonight, amid tears,
I stood by Kylie,
holding onto the 
sage bundle,
which brought me 
comfort, as I said goodbye
to her dad;
she wearing his worn,
brown leather bundle, 
kissed my hand and patted 
the intricately carved box 
with his ashes, 
(emulating an act by my sister, Lisa,
for my own father a decade ago),
surrounded by beautiful artifacts
commemorating the chief's life,
a sense of peace enveloping me.

catherinenglish 07-31-2013 (revised 08-02-2013)

(My thanks to Fran Kaye for the advice to hold onto the bundle).