Saturday, December 31, 2011

It's Not Going To Be That Bad Today

Deep breath
Smell the sunshine
A peek from beneath the covers
The day is mine


We all are some type of vehicle. Do you carry the good or the bad?

Failing at flailing. Trying not to fall

The head is heavy like a bowling ball but will it roll?

Remember Let's Make a Deal? Sometimes you have to let go of something to get something better.

Watch the little things. It's always the little things that get ya.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011


Reach your goals faster with a pen. Write them down

Watch out for falling rocks. They hit you when you least expect it.

Love is like the moon, fulfilling to behold.

Don't send up cheap prayers. Be fervent in your asking and glorifying upon receipt.

To some people it's just mild indigestion, to others its life changing.

Make your mark in the world otherwise you may be forgotten.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

**one of my favorite poems:

No Man Is An Island

by John Donne

No man is an island entire of itself; every man
is a piece of the continent, a part of the main;
if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe
is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as
well as a manor of thy friends or of thine
own were; any man's death diminishes me,
because I am involved in mankind.
And therefore never send to know for whom
the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.

Saturday, December 17, 2011


If you really love someone, you do for them what others think is crazy. That's part of COMPASSION.

What you believe becomes reality.

Stay focused on the present.

If your mountain is Everest, it's ok to go around it.

You're a little bit special... ok I lied. You're VERY special

A consequence is not always bad. It is the natural order of things. It is the answer to an equation.

Kindle a life. Live by example.

It's seems better to dance than cry.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Sea of Forgiveness

I roll around in a sea of forgiveness
My ship is a mess
I am no longer angry at those who did me wrong
In my heart there is a new song.


Don't go out on a lamb; go out on a lion

Delight and desire go hand in hand

Music is our saving grace. It is important. If there is no music, there is no redemption.

Being in the middle means you are one step away from doom and one step away from greatness.

When following your passion or extolling your message, at first ther is always pain. There is always a struggle.

"O, it is excellent To have a giant's strength; but it is tyrannous To use it like a giant” ~from Measure for Measure by Shakespeare

A consequence is not always bad. It is the natural order of things. It is the answer to an equation.

Enthusiasm is only what you make of it.

All your head thoughts won't set you free.

The gravel in my driveway met the paved road to your heart.

Saturday, December 10, 2011


We met in the sky
I didn't know he could fly
We stroll hand in hand
throughout the heavens

His smile was some-
kind of BIG wonderful, fun
Am I Wendy or Lois Lane?
Careless, I enjoy the view

The sun reflecting
His smile intercepting
any negativity, any ominous feeling
He kills any nervousness and jitters

With the setting of the sun
I never want to let go of our fun-
filled day in the sky
Can I keep him with me always?

But then he let go of my hand
and off into the sunset he ran
With that I knew I must face
the murky billows alone

Ahead the thickness, dark as night
I want to follow his smile into the light
I bide my time knowing later we’ll get to play
within our own limitless sunset

I awaken and smile

Sunday, November 27, 2011


Do you want the truth or do you want me to lie to you?

The truth is...

The clouds are made of cream cheese.
I dont speak "lemonese".
Chocolate milk comes from brown cows.
And YES you can use cheese curls for eyebrows.

Open up your coloring book
In your mind nothing is as it should look
Because THIS is imagination heaven.
It doesnt matter if your infinity x seven.

The truth is in the details, my dear.
The details are everywhere.


On top of the hill, I slayed the dragon.
I stabbed him with my swords.
But instead of blood and goo and guts,
out came my very own words.

Alas I am free!"
My words lept onto my lips
and dwelled inside of me.

Dilly dally all day by the side of the road.
Livid in life if it must be told.
Create the creative see wonders unfold.
March among marionettes never grow old.


I am so proud of you! You climbed the mountain, reached it's peak and lived to tell about it.

Do good and your outcome will become you.

Color your life with pastels & primary colors as well as black & white. Show off your composition.

Our planet... marvelous & inviting. A big blue & white marble in the darkness among twinkling lights.

Sunday, November 06, 2011

My Quotes

Forlorn, a lover's Despair
Unfulfilled hopes and dreams
Live and love don't be mean
The time of year is early spring
Without a beau, without a ring

I dream of the stars but have only reached the stratosphere. I have a long way to go.

I whisper silently in the wind. It comes back to me unheard, a flightless messenger bird. What a lonely life without a friend.

on a calm blue lake / an enriched moon beckons me / to the water's edge

Look what I took out of my secret pocket? It was LOVE. You roused this listless heart of mine. Your kiss is my invisible locket.

I'm barking at the moon. It's full.

Each liberty is mine for the taking Your presence is shrouded with a bow ~The Twinkle of Me

I built crashes; I tear down walls

If you can control your mind, your body will follow

Seriousness of life destroys the fragile dandelion called living.

My enemy: procrastination. I slay him every day.

Don't settle for second best. Settle for the best.

An immovable mountain obstructs your view. Have you tried seeing through the obstacle? Sometimes the obstacle is not as solid as it seems.

Scraping the bottom of the barrel requires long arms.

How can I make the world special? By just being myself. There is only one of me.

Treat your friends like a fine painting, treasure them.

We all make mistakes. That IS part of the strive toward perfection.

Friday, November 04, 2011

create a spark, a fire might ensue

I sent the wind
to whisper thy name
among the timbers

But since the firestorm
your name has danced
along the embers

Saturday, October 29, 2011

My Quotes

Defy your understanding, dig deeper!

Don't be the obstacle. Be the light on a dark path.

Just because the room is empty, does not mean you are alone.

Kill the ego and its murder will set you free.

You become what you believe.

Your future lies among the cosmos.

You can go somewhere for the first time only once.

We embrace the stars. We embrace the night. Fireflies in jars, their bright glowing light.
The sun rises and spoils our observations.

If you like me, take care of me. Signed, Mother Earth.

I yearn for the dawn while the moon seranades me to sleep.

Speak the truth about everything but do it with tact.

Dilly dally all day by the side of the road. Livid in life if it must be told.
Create the creative see wonders unfold. March among marionettes never grow old.

When you give love, you are in the light.

Beauty is delicious. Ever see a picture perfect apple?

Humor is something that will make you feel good.

Roses are red; so is my heart. Instead of an arrow, you used a dart.

Even if the only rose you can find is one springing from concrete, don't forget to smell it.

Try a new approach. Open the box in the back first.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Do you love yourself?
Do you look in the mirror and smile
Do you hold your head up
Kick back once in a while

Do you check the key to your heart
Is it in a safe place?
Open it up sometimes
Inspect the contents, just in case

Don’t run away from yourself!
Your sweetness is earth’s embrace
Cause when you take time to love you first
Everything else will interlace

Beauty in, beauty out
Don’t put the ME on a shelf!
So once again, I have to ask
Do you love yourself?

copyright © 2010 Mari

Sunday, September 18, 2011

I feel so humble and so strong. I am part of an amazing world.
I gaze into the heavens and see such an amazing thing.
It's no coincidence. It's amazing!
Eyes blind, empty mind,
Heart breaks, shatters quakes
Does that place exist where there is no more tears or fears

Sunday, September 11, 2011

On A Clear Day

On a clear day you can see everything
and it was a clear sunny day

So many smiles went up that day

(poem in progress)

My prayers go out to the victims and their families of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. I remember it being such a sunny beautiful day that day when I got to work. A friend of mine said a cousin called her and told her a plane had crashed into the WTC building. I told her, "That's impossible because you're not even suppose to fly over the towers." But it was true. And we watched everything on our tv's at work. Everything, even the second plane crashing into the second tower. It was too real. It was like we were watching a movie. It brought my mind back to 1995, when I sat at home with a new baby on maternity leave and watched coverage of a bombing that had just happened at the Murrah Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Ironically, I lived approximately 120-130 miles from the Okla City bombing on April 19th and on Sept 11, 2001, I lived approximately 145 miles from WTC attacks. What a small vivid world we live in.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Who Runs The World?

We learned this back in Jurassic Park:

God creates dinosaur.
God destroys dinosaur.
God creates man.
Man destroys God.
Man creates dinosaur.

~Ian Malcom

Dinosaur eats man.
Women inherits the Earth.

~Dr. Ellie Sattler

Monday, August 15, 2011

The Call of the Firefly

The sun meets the sky

Ghost owls ancient lullaby

Lure the firefly

Sunday, August 14, 2011

A lot of us have had trouble in our past. Don't let your past be your picture frame. Our past shouldn't define us, it should inspire us.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

I just read a story about Rebecca Black being bullied because of her stupid song Friday. Her mother apparently had to pull her out of school. How sad is that. Yeah her song had some stupid lyrics and the video was equally suckish but that is no reason to bully her out of school. I live in a state where a couple of kids were bullied so severely that they committed suicide. It would be nice if the people who bullied her got some sort of punishment because this has become serious business. It seems like people just don't understand the results of their actions anymore until they are brought before the law or have gotten some sort of punishment.

On the other hand, this is probably good for Rebecca Black cause she seems to be laughing all the way to the bank. She must have pretty thick skin. But we knew that cause it must take thick skin to make a cheesy song like she did and put it out on Youtube.

Friday, July 22, 2011

There once was a blind guy waiting at the bus stop when a dog came along.
He sniffed the poor guy's leg and peed all over it; you know this was wrong.
The blind guy pulled out a piece of candy and put it down for the canine.
A passer-by saw the whole thing and went up to the man who was blind.
He said, "What are you doing? Don't you have a clue?"
"You're not giving that dog a piece of candy for peeing on you?"
The blind man said "No way brother. That would take too much class."
"I want to know which end is his head, so I can kick it in the ass."

Tuesday, June 14, 2011


*a three line poem with a syllable count of 1-3-1

Be descreet


Wednesday, June 01, 2011


We're a pill nation. We'll take a pill for anything and everything. You could go to the doctor with a made up illness and come out with a prescription.

What about laughter?

I just love it! Laughter IS the best medicine! I wish I could process it and put it in pill form.

Of course some people are saying it causes wrinkles, the dreaded parenthesis.

(Well it's worth a few wrinkles.) Parenthesis intended.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

"Get up! Get up!"

"Time to go!"

Slowly, my feet feel the floor

Unsteady, I grab for the wheelchair

Straightening out my gown

"Watch your feet!"

Whisked down the corridor

Past smiles and waves

To the light at the end

"We have to scrub our hands again?"

Wheel me in, past the twins.

What was that?

Oh another alarm going off!

Almost there

Last one on the right

Hello precious one

Red, green, white... little tiny wires

I can hear your heartbeat

But I can't hold you


I wrote this poem years ago about my precious one who lived and died one hot day in August 1996. She lived 22 days and this was my daily routine from my room in the maternity section to the neo-natal intensive care at the hospital for the first week after her birth. For those who have went through this experience, you know the sadness felt when you are only able to view your baby through a see-through container and not able to experience the joy of holding, cuddling and making that special bond you expect after giving birth. Even though we were never able to bring this one home, we were blessed with three bundles of joy over the years, one of them after this experience.

Only God knows why certain people go through certain experiences. Is it to prepare us and make us stronger for other bumps in the road of life? Most likely, but perseverance is up to you.

So whatever circumstances that may come your way, whether it be small or large, I hope you persevere.

Monday, May 23, 2011

According to Plan

No matter
how much man tries
to control things,
the end of the world,
everything happens
according to the plan

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Find out what makes you tick.
Look inside or within.
What is it?
Blind confidence?
Or is it just your heart
the beat
of consciousness

Sometimes the answer to the simplest question is the simpliest answer.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011


Find your inner peace
Get wind in your hair and a
compass in your heart

Monday, May 09, 2011

You don't have to wait. Something's in you. Find it.
Find It

Saturday, May 07, 2011


God gives us a tremendous amount of free will.

You can control your own actions. You can choose whether you wanted go to Starbucks this morning and grab a Mocha Frappuccino or stay home not doing anything. You can choose whether you want to eat spaghetti for breakfast and pancakes & eggs for dinner (something I've definitely love doing).

You have a choice whether to do good, or to do bad.

But if you think back in your life, there is always some moment that you had no control over. That moment was destined to happen.

Thursday, May 05, 2011

a sunset is a glimpse of heaven
a storm reminds me He is in control

Monday, May 02, 2011

Success requires
hard work

Do not
these things

Sunday, May 01, 2011

No Need to be Nervous

Will they like it? Will they criticize it? What if I’m not good enough?

I KNOW the nervousness about putting your work out publicly. But think of it this way: if it's something you KNOW how to do, something you've done for a long time, something you have a deep conviction of doing, then there is no need to be nervous. A wise person once said to me, "You're not nervous to walk are you? You're not nervous to go to the corner store and pick up groceries for tonight's dinner are you? No, because it's something you've done many, many times. You have confidence you will complete these tasks. Confidence in yourself. That's what's needed. It's all right there."

He's right. It's all right there if you just take that leap of faith... in yourself.

Friday, April 29, 2011

I couldn't help myself. I got up looking at the Royal Wedding stuff on tv. It was so fairytale-ish; I love that kind of stuff, lol. When my son was around three years old, I use to call him Prince James. I even wrote a children's poem based on our banter.

So while my son & I were watching the Royal Wedding this morning before school, I called him Prince James. I told him he was a prince and this (waving my hand around the room) "is your kingdom." He asked me "where is my throne?" I pointed to the toilet and said, "there it is." He said, "This is a crappy kingdom." LOL

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

For me,
love is an illusion

A fleeting ship on the horizon

I'm in a
small raft in the middle of
a black sea

Sharks are all around me
I mistake one of them
for love

He bites me
but he was only tasting

My wound is deep

"Save One's Self"

My vessel is filling up
with my own blood

I am dying

Love's dispatch
may not make it in time

my gaze becomes fixed upon
the horizon

How beautiful is the sun's
on its dark companion

Monday, April 25, 2011

I watched several episodes of Dr. Who this weekend & liked it. I faintly remember Dr Who as a quirky British show that I never understood on PBS when I was a child.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Pink Nail Polish

I'm so sick of the J.Crew pink nail polish ad. I don't even like pink nail polish! lol. I threw in the Princess Boy mother cause I'm sick of her too. She was on the today show promoting the pink nail polish ad. wtf! I know she is trying to promote her book & her ideology but come on! I'm fed up. I think all of us who have kids has had our kids play dress up but we're not plastering the picture all over the internet & writing a book about it. It's like naming your son Betty: he's gonna pay for it later with his peers. Why make it harder on our kids than it already is!

Anyway, I wrote a comment on the Today show site, TODAYMoms:

"The ad doesn't bother us; it's the media coverage of the ad that does. We don't know what Jenna is thinking of or if her kid likes to wear pink polish. It's an ad. Maybe it's just that: an ad. BUT why put that statement in an ad unless u want to cause controversy? In that case, I'm sick of people trying to push their idologies on us, the public, & then complaining when we don't side with them. This includes the Princess Boy mother. Kids have enuf problems in this world. Think about what you're doing to your kid. Did your kid ask to be the subject of your ideology? You could be inviting bullying that never would of occured because you put pink nail polish on his toes and plastered his picture on the internet & a million-and-one newspapers. Or wrote a book about him wearing a dress as a child."

Friday, April 08, 2011

Is There Something You Want To Tell Me?

I saw the sadness in your eyes
Is this the part where the hero dies?

I miss you

Is there something that you want to tell me?
What is the other part of the story?

I love you

Tell me the lessons to be learned
Is there any one stone left unturned?
Our love runs deep; I knew from the start
But now we must live our lives far apart

How can you find your true love after he's gone?
It's not fair, tell me am I wrong?

I love you

There is something to tell me? Fine!
You will tell me in due time
There is something I want to say
I miss you... every day

Saturday, March 19, 2011

There will be a BIG moon in the sky tonight.

Extreme Super Moon To Cause Chaos

I can do without the chaos but I am hoping the moon will inspire me to write something beautiful tonight.

In the past, I've writen a few poems mentioning the moon in it. I share with you one of my favorites entitled Tomorrow


Venus aligned with Jupiter
The condition of the dark night
A mixture of labdanum and myrrh
Consumes the lark hike
Our planet, grandiose and insisting
Sits on time's couch and grins
loneliness not worth resisting
If such a thing happens
An amazing occurrence now
once in lifetime soon
The calf shown on the cow
As it jumped over the moon


I have been on this planet for a long long time
something about a June moon is so lovely to fondle
this destination can be wonderful and kind
I am wicked and wild, but still fragile
Sex on this planet is an expression jubilee
it is a period at the end of an exotic sentence
the journey is long and lonely
transgressions of a statutory offense
This planet's sun is a moon discussed
My faith is in the minstrel show
I am keeping my eyes focused
when you love me tomorrow

© 2003

Thursday, March 17, 2011

The Crazy Leprechaun

I met a crazy leprechaun
who didn't want his gold
He was puffing on a pipe
and said he was 400 years old

I don't believe in four leaf clovers
They bring me bad luck
And if I see any more of those lucky charms
I will pluck, pluck pluck!

I thought he was a madman
After hearing what he said
I asked him if leprechauns still gave wishes
That's when his face got red

I don't grant wishes anymore
So don't ask me none
But then he changed his mind
And said I could ask for one

I said I'd like to leave this place
And be richer than when I came
he was gone
Only his hat and the gold remained

copyright © 2001 Mari

Happy St. Patrick's Day!!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

 Forget It logo

Find Yourself logo
Update: The story behind the above is that in a dream, I saw this woman saying "Find yourself or forget it". She was kinda out of focus, like it would look if you were in between channels on tv. I'm not 100% sure what she was talking about but I assume she was talking about me, lol. I drew a crude sketch of a woman (I'm not that great at faces) and the words. I'm still working on the face and how I can use what she said in a design or something else.

Meanwhile, here are some other items from Spreadshirt Marketplace.
I have put some of my artwork on t-shirts and buttons there.

Forget It t-shirt.
"Forget It" on the front, "Forgotten" on the back

Junior's Ringer T-Shirt - Junior's Tees Forget It

Children's tshirt

Children's T-Shirt - Kids' Shirts Parrot

Forget It Button

Small Buttons - Buttons Forget It Button

Saturday, March 12, 2011

are you a bursting bubble or a bubble bursting?

this is the tale of two bubbles
the tale of two troubles

for we are all bubbles
thin skinned and fragile
some quick and agile
a short life span
a marvel of man


are you a bursting bubble?
you lived your life silently filled
with so much promise
but also sadness and disgust
at your slow rise to the top
and alone you will pop


are you a bubble bursting
with life, brilliant, thirsting
for resiliency, glistening in the sunlight?
everyone admires you, ignoring your plight
that you are a bubble and won’t last long
you are revered, you finish strong…

before you pop
at the top

this is the tale of two bubbles
their essence doubles

in the stratosphere

Thursday, March 03, 2011

I'm interested in exploring someone else's sky

Someone else's sky
always looks better than mine

Mine are filled with
dark clouds and thunderstorms

I look at your sky
and there's a bright horizon
The sun tickles your smile
as you fly there

I press my hands up
against my dark clouds
I rub my cheek against
its roughness

I don't want to go there

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Michael's Smile

Every time I see Michael's smile, I see music.

“So what does a star do after it quits shining?” I ask myself. “Maybe it dies.”

“Oh no,” a voice in my head says. “A star can never die. It just turns into a smile and melts back into the cosmic music, the dance of life.” I like that thought, the last one I have before my eyes close. With a smile, I melt back into the music myself.

~from the Dance of Life

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Monday, February 14, 2011

Valentine's Day

I sent Cee Lo Green's song to my ex husband for Valentine's Day. Happy Valentine's Day honey!

How fab was Cee Lo Green's performance last night at the Grammys? But then I never was able to resist a puppet! Gwyneth Paltrow almost upstaged Cee Lo with those pink earrings.

Read one of my favorite Valentine poems, My Anticlimatic Valentine #17.

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Happy Birthday to my daughter

Before I was fully awake, I wrote a poem in my head to my daughter. I posted it on her fb with an old picture of her sitting in a little chair when she was two.

Clap for the birthday girl! Hi little one!
Today you are 16 and lots of fun
But my best memories are of when you were little
and being a child that was born in the middle
of your brother and sister but back then who knew
That you would turn out to be such a beautiful you!

hahaha that last line (before the Happy Birthday) sounds so greeting card cheezy.