City-desert nightwalk

Early summer, late at night
Pleasant sweet-smelling air
Clouds veiling a half-lit moon
Scorpius crawling up the sky
Tree-hid birds awake chirping
Lone dog barking in its yard
Startled stray cats darting
Crickets playing insistent songs
Quiet of people gone to bed
Mellow breezes gently stirring
Damp-grass lawns subtly cooling
Street lights too brightly illuming
Saguaro blooms softly glowing

—Terri Guillemets, 2019 May 11th

At the window watching raindrops

At the window —
Watching raindrops glide off the leaves
They’re
Sweat dripping off your brow
As you make love to me in the thunder
A bird plays in the puddle under the tree
Its skinny legs dipping in life
Beak happy, wings at the ready — being
Just being
Our love, present, moment
Now
Always
Don’t think
Flow off the leaves
Slide
Land gracefully in the puddle of life
Ride the ripple
Love
Always love.

—Terri Guillemets, 2015 June 5th

Peaches & health

Do not take anything for granted — not one smile or one person or one rainbow or one breath, or one night in your cozy bed.

—Terri Guillemets, 2009 November 25th

P.S. I was recovering from a really nasty flu when I wrote this. There were 3 or 4 days at the beginning I truly thought I might not make it. This journal entry was the day before Thanksgiving. And oh man, did I really freakin’ mean every word of this. Even more so than usual. –tg, 2015