Thursday, October 9, 2014


Sans hips, men's slacks fit better than women's.
Men's apparel comes in actual sizes, thus 

Avoiding alteration of clothing item or of me.
Men's specificity of lengths and neck sizes

Limits the range of choices, in contrast to
Plethora of women's designs and colors.

Women have permission to wear men's clothes,
Thus I have freedom to choose fit OR fashion.

Ann Beth Blake
(c) October 9, 2014

Tuesday, October 7, 2014


Almost-full, wide-eyed, OH!-mouthed 
Luna hangs in cloudless eastern sky,
Just above pinkish-greyish horizon.

Luna's averted face conveys
Amazement and shyness, 
Responding to Rainier's beauty 
And barely-covered nakedness,
Clothed solely in glacial glissades.

Discomfort increases over two days
Until blush completely takes over
In Blood Eclipse; then, slowly, 
Two weeks hence, Luna disappears, 
Once again, into New moon status,
Restarting cycle of wax and wane.

Relationships, complicated by
Yearning and terror, autonomy and
Dependence, approach and avoidance,
Breathing in and breathing out,
Reflect celestial orb's natural cycles.

Ann Beth Blake
(c) October 6, 2014

Monday, October 6, 2014


Trek north to Victoria to see
Famous Jungian analyst;
Workshop focused on heart as
Inner compass: attend to activities
During which heart sings and 
Soul fills; time becomes timeless.

Ferry from Anacortes and back;
Drive through rampant rain, to,
Drive through motorcycles, fro.
Joe ferried us on land from
Place to place to place to place.

Synchronicities strewn along path: 
Penguin Coffee Shop, t-shirt for Lar;
Viking exhibit at Royal BC Museum;
Bagpipers regularly erupting in vicinity,
Once en masse down sidewalk.
Brochure for Seattle's Most BORING
Exhibit: SR 99 Tunnel Exhibit--amen!

Christ Church Cathedral, Quadra at Rockland,
Enormous new organ; 10 new astonishing 
Stained-glass windows abounding with angels.
Mid-morn service cancelled for later Feast of 
Dedication Celebration; priest available for personal
Tour to upstairs windows and downstairs crypt,
Winding narrow staircase, sans Black Madonna.

Quality Inn on Blanshard and Courtney.
Argyle Attic pub upstairs for scrumptious
breakfast, walls stenciled with phrases:

"Canada is like your attic; 
You forget what is up there, 
but when you go, it's like,
'Oh man, look at all this great stuff!'"

"This is how I used to be, pretty, eh?"

"There are few, if any, Canadian men 
who have never spelled their name
in a snow bank."

"I want to thank all the Canadians 
who came out today to wave to me 
with all five fingers."

Argyle Attic
777 Courtney Street
Victoria BC, Canada
V8W 1G3


Inner compass hums and thrills
While participating in soul-filling
And heart-expanding events. 

Timelessness points
Toward soulful actions.
I feel loving, and I feel loved.
Follow indicator every moment.

Ann Beth Blake
(c) October 4, 2014


Embraced inside and outside
By trio/triad/three clear colors,
Rainbows first three bands,
Selected during paint chip 
Shuffling for condo remodel.

Soft, mute, palette soothes
As contextual container.
Yet bright, vibrant colors,
Mirror fire, focus, and direction.

Joyful, happy, exhilarated;
Vibrant, alive, active, pulsing;
Hot, mild, and cold.
Reflected in fruits, flora,
Plants, tints and dyes, 
Geological striations.

Chakras. 1, 2, and 3:
Root: life, survival, earth;
Sacral: order, sex, creativity;
Solar plexus: wisdom, power, life force.

Current multiple reflections:
Jacket, massage images,
Floral painting at lecture,
Sunday's altar flowers, 
Coffee shop decor.

Attention riveted,
Smiles beam and
Tears of joy flow, 
Heart sings,
Soul fills,
Paths open.

Ann Beth Blake
(c) September 27, 2014


In depth of night,
Haute couture designers,
With bolts of silk gauze,
Crept up Mt. Rainier,
Artistically draping her in
Diagonally asymmetrical 
Drooping and curved sashes,
Suitable for seducing 
Suitors courageous 
Enough to summit 
Her voluptuous terrain.

Ann Beth Blake
(c) October 6, 2014