Forty-four

i vomit confusion & butterflies
i sweat fear and i bleed dread
i fall deaf from society’s lies
i gag on metallic tastes of pain
i run from the reek of regret
i save my minutes & lose my hours
i dance on the minefield of mind
i freeze my worries for later
i breathe a reverie’d ether of beauty
i drown in fantasy too deep
i love on the edges of souls
i sleep on the shores of night
i glow at the sight of each morning
i delight in the sunshine of pleasure
i plant my seeds in thankfulness
i get high on nature’s magnificence
i stare in reverence at trees
i cherish each blissful breeze
i open every window i can
i invite every light to play
i adore every cloud in the sky
i welcome each raindrop & tear
i memorize every flower’s aura
i read old books & withering leaves
i paint myself with colors of truth
i polish the bright side’s halo
i chase angels & occasionally devils
i pray from within & without
i armor myself with art
i question my body and listen
i dream my heart’s inside-out
i work until i’m exhausted
i let go of some things & not others
i giggle breathlessly ’til i cry
i hug without asking why
i nourish my spirit with poetry
i cover my journals with ink
i drink my wisdom from teacups
i inhale wild mists of wonder
i hem my madness with sanity
i tick, i zig, i zag, and i tock
i err on the side of risk
i ride wayward shooting stars
i flow with the river of time

—Terri Guillemets, 2018 May 18th

There are actually eight…

It’s a sin to waste chocolate.  It’s in the Bible.  Ghirardelli® 3:17.

—Terri Guillemets, 2014 April 5th

Said in conversation out at dinner with my husband. We split a piece of chocolate cake for dessert and he was going to leave some of his half behind! As if. So I had to eat the rest of it for him. 😂 And thinking my tipsy self funny, I posted the quip to The Quote Garden when we got home.

About a year and a half later, my mom and I walked into a Fresh & Easy market in Phoenix to buy a few groceries. She always looks at the greeting cards in stores, and she called me over to show me that this quote had been used on a card they were selling. I can’t remember the name of the cardmaker, but it was very cool to see and of course my proud Mama bought one for her scrapbook. –tg, 2015