NaPoWriMo 2014 – It is Done

Today is the last day for the National Poetry Writing Month. With today’s poem I will have accomplished the goal I set for myself at the beginning of the month. It feels good to have taken this challenge for two years and to have been successful. Like last year, some of these poems will make it into my second book of Naked Poetry which will hopefully be published later this year.

Poetry aside, there are other things that are keeping me busy. I am doing a fair bit of research for various topics, helping out with household chores – something valuable to take part in when one is in a relationship of equals – and with taking long walks into the countryside. I am looking forward to today’s walk as it will be warmer than yesterday. I am hoping to spot a few crocuses, the first spring flowers, somewhere along the way as I walk some of the prairie hills not too distant from my home.

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Daring A Natural Life

Listen to the body while walking
pushing up to the moment where
to go further would damage
the body which would demand
time off for bad behaviour.

Feed the body with natural foods
leaving aside those foods that
are designed for shelf life or
modified to increase appetite
straining body systems.

Fill the mind with purposeful
and meaningful presence, with
thoughts and actions that
allow the body to stand
in the sunshine with head
held high even when looking
in mirrors and the eyes of others.

Grace the soul with honesty
refusing to hide behind all
those things that deny
the inner truths of being.

2014 04 30 – Elrose, House of White

NaPoWriMo 2014 – It is Done

Hanging out the clothes on a sunny, spring morning

Hanging out the clothes on a sunny, spring morning

Today is the last day for the National Poetry Writing Month. With today’s poem I will have accomplished the goal I set for myself at the beginning of the month. It feels good to have taken this challenge for two years and to have been successful. Like last year, some of these poems will make it into my second book of Naked Poetry which will hopefully be published later this year.

Poetry aside, there are other things that are keeping me busy. I am doing a fair bit of research for various topics, helping out with household chores – something valuable to take part in when one is in a relationship of equals – and with taking long walks into the countryside. I am looking forward to today’s walk as it will be warmer than yesterday. I am hoping to spot a few crocuses, the first spring flowers, somewhere along the way as I walk some of the prairie hills not too distant from my home.

~ ~ ~

Daring A Natural Life

Listen to the body while walking
pushing up to the moment where
to go further would damage
the body which would demand
time off for bad behaviour.

Feed the body with natural foods
leaving aside those foods that
are designed for shelf life or
modified to increase appetite
straining body systems.

Fill the mind with purposeful
and meaningful presence, with
thoughts and actions that
allow the body to stand
in the sunshine with head
held high even when looking
in mirrors and the eyes of others.

Grace the soul with honesty
refusing to hide behind all
those things that deny
the inner truths of being.

2014 04 30 – Elrose, House of White

NaPoWriMo 2014 – Day 29

Chai tea on a sunny April afternoon.

Chai tea on a sunny April afternoon.

Today finally saw the clouds roll away to reveal the sun which has been in hiding. Because the temperature improved from the recent single digit temperatures to today’s balmy 12 C (that’s about 52 F for my American friends), I was able to enjoy tea outdoors without discomfort. The forecast tells me that I will have another two days of these warmer temperatures before again dropping and the sun again being hidden by clouds so that being skyclad outdoors becomes uncomfortable.

Living on the Canadian prairies, I get to experience drastic changes. As an example, yesterday my wife and I drove to the city (we live in a tiny prairie town) through a snow storm that reduced visibility as well as our travelling speed. It was just at the freezing point, which meant that by late afternoon when we were driving home, almost all of the snow had melted.

Today is the second last day of the NaPoWriMo challenge. With tomorrow’s poem yet to be written, I have met the challenge of writing at least one poem every day during the month of April. In May, I will return to writing about naturist topics.

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Chai Tea

Sitting in the garden
enjoying the sunshine
as it blessed my body
with its light,
skin resisting valiantly
the chill of early spring,
I slipped into a
prayer of thanks.

2014 04 29 – Elrose, House of White

NaPoWriMo 2014 – Day 29

Enjoying Chai tea in the back yard during a chilly but sunny day.

Enjoying Chai tea on a chilly but sunny day.

Today finally saw the clouds roll away to reveal the sun which has been in hiding. Because the temperature improved from the recent single digit temperatures to today’s balmy 12 C (that’s about 52 F for my American friends), I was able to enjoy tea outdoors without discomfort. The forecast tells me that I will have another two days of these warmer temperatures before again dropping and the sun again being hidden by clouds so that being skyclad outdoors becomes uncomfortable.

Living on the Canadian prairies, I get to experience drastic changes. As an example, yesterday my wife and I drove to the city (we live in a tiny prairie town) through a snow storm that reduced visibility as well as our travelling speed. It was just at the freezing point, which meant that by late afternoon when we were driving home, almost all of the snow had melted.

Today is the second last day of the NaPoWriMo challenge. With tomorrow’s poem yet to be written, I have met the challenge of writing at least one poem every day during the month of April. In May, I will return to writing about naturist topics.

~ ~ ~

Chai Tea

Sitting in the garden
enjoying the sunshine
as it blessed my body
with its light,
skin resisting valiantly
the chill of early spring,
I slipped into a
prayer of thanks.

2014 04 29 – Elrose, House of White

NaPoWriMo 2014 – Day 28

We traveled to the city today in order to buy new hiking boots so that we will have ample time to break them in before we get into some serious hiking during the summer and early fall. On our way home late this afternoon we came across two moose walking across grain fields, a bull and a cow moose. I didn’t have my camera with me, unfortunately, so no photo was able to be taken. Now, it is time for today’s poem.

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Too Tight

With each day begun barefoot
the touch of toes being intimate
with all surfaces
the return to cold, wet ground
demands a compromise.

Until the season warms the earth
shoes and sandals serve
as mediators, a protective interface
between the skin and the earth.

Reining in the natural spread
of the foot has a cost
a loss of intimacy
and constriction with
all footwear feeling
too tight.

2014 04 28 – Elrose, House of White

NaPoWriMo 2014 – Day 28

We traveled to the city today in order to buy new hiking boots so that we will have ample time to break them in before we get into some serious hiking during the summer and early fall. On our way home late this afternoon we came across two moose walking across grain fields, a bull and a cow moose. I didn’t have my camera with me, unfortunately, so no photo was able to be taken. Now, it is time for today’s poem.

~ ~ ~

Too Tight

With each day begun barefoot
the touch of toes being intimate
with all surfaces
the return to cold, wet ground
demands a compromise.

Until the season warms the earth
shoes and sandals serve
as mediators, a protective interface
between the skin and the earth.

Reining in the natural spread
of the foot has a cost
a loss of intimacy
and constriction with
all footwear feeling
too tight.

2014 04 28 – Elrose, House of White

NaPoWriMo 2014 – Day 27

Waiting On The Rain

Dull, ashen gray skies blur
the horizon erasing the
separation of sky and earth
as rain percolates through clouds
saturating soil.

Huddled beneath layers
eyes framed by a rain jacket
while boots cause ripples
in puddles on pavement
without leaving prints
to mark the path taken,
the pilgrim with bowed head
walks in penance
walks for salvation.

The clouds will pass
taking the rain
and the dull grayness
revealing the gold
blazing in blue skies
the reward for holding
the tension and believing.

2014 04 27 – Elrose, House of White