48th Anniversary 

You set foot on an unknown path assuming
It would be lined with roses and poetry
It turned out it was not like honey and nectar
But you went on since it was a fact of life

You endured all the hardships on the way
The days without electricity
The floor flooded with water when it was pouring outside
The allocation of food and water

You lived and dreamed of a brighter future
Sustained by the fruits grown on the path
Oh how fresh and delighted and adorable
You sucked them in and overcame
All the adversities in life.

Happy 48th Anniversary to Mom and Dad!

Anniversary 2016

Jul 2016 ©
Santa Cruz, Jul 2016 ©

for S.G.

after Rebecca Hazelton

My husband writes me eloquent haiku

My husband in the backyard
Watering each plant for three minutes
His kind spirit communicates to the roses, the apples,
the avocados, the bougainvillea

My husband surrounded with thyme, basil,
tomatoes, parmigiano cheese
Cooking chicken parmigiana in the kitchen
Remembering his beloved Italian-born father

My husband carefully checking the beams, measuring the paintings
Gracefully hung up The Kiss, the Terrace of a Cafe at Night

My husband washes my car
The soap bubbles sparkle with his pure love, his thoroughness
Also washes away my insecurities, my inferior feelings
Revealing my true colors in a rainbow spectrum

My husband gazes at me with his soulful blue eyes
Which forever sends me to ecstasy.