Our potluck and
ornament exchange is an annual tradition among long-time friends.
We make a game of it, drawing numbers to determine
the order in which each will choose an ornament or steal one already opened.
holiday table . . .
among soups and salads
a box of chocolates
This year there were nineteen gaily wrapped packages to tempt us. Dori selected
the ornament I brought - a fabric angel with gossamer wings - and I winked
at Paula when folks asked where I purchased it. In the few hours between
her doctor's appointment and the arrival of blood and platelets, Paula and
found every "good deal" in the hospital gift shop.
between infusions . . .
a second angel
When it was my turn, I unwrapped an Airedale wearing sparkly pajamas and
four slippers with white pompoms on the toes. I probably shouldn't have exclaimed
quite so excitedly, drawing attention that might tempt others
to steal it. Jani looked over each ornament already opened, then decided
to select another to unwrap. Phew! Suddenly I was aware of rubbing the pink
bracelet I wore in Paula's honor, almost as if it could grant wishes.
chicken soup . . .
I wonder if the noodles
are homemade, too
Three more friends chose ornaments. Then, I saw that mischievous sparkle
in Paula's eye. It was her turn . . . and, true to a dog-lover's nature,
reached across the table to claim the Airedale! After my anticipated
quick pout, we all burst into laughter. That was December 17th.
12/22 . . .
the cancer-survivor bracelet
slips from my wrist
~for Paula: February
18, 1958 - December 22, 2004
Naia's name is
Greek for "Flowing",
and for her it represents the state of mind when poetry moves from
inspiration into physical
expression. Like many poets, Naia gravitated to haiku back in the
days of the Shiki Internet Haiku Salon, but it was an Issa haiku that
first inspired her to write:
..........I keep house
....................Issa (tr: unknown)
Naia writes haiku, tanka, haibun, and cinquain. Her work has appeared
in magazines, books, anthologies, e-journals, newsletters, and brochures,
as well as in RakuTeapot:
Haiku, the first ever anthology of a group of haiku poets from around the globe
with accompanying compact disc of the participants reading their original verses
in their own voices.
A third generation native Californian, she was raised in a country
home in the Sacramento farm valley and attended college at California
(Cal Poly) in San Luis Obispo. She presently lives in sunny Southern California
with her feline companion, Poppy.
is Naia's Poetry and Art Gallery