Monday, January 16, 2017

Sing

Under the Wolf Moon
the forest was too bitterly cold
for shivering chickadees.
I found one this morning
beneath the pines
frozen and lifeless in blue shadowed snow.
I’m sure there were more that succumbed.
And yet all around me
the chickadees sang.

They didn’t rebel against a cruel and unfair world
by refusing to sing
until conditions became more favorable.
And they didn’t feel so sorry for themselves
that they withdrew from the flock
and forgot they had music to share.
No.
Chickadees sing in the morning.
So they sang.

~Becky Robbins

Monday, January 2, 2017

Wayward

Pieces of the oak
break off and fly away
they come to my feeder
and I watch them blink
and ruffle and hop.

If I go to the woods 
and build a nest
of twigs and milkweed fluff
wouldn’t that be holy?

Between lies and distractions
small hands reach
for higher branches
returning home the wayward
pieces of the oak.

~Becky Robbins

Thursday, December 22, 2016

A Lifetime

Fire in the belly
running with the wind
chasing shadows with a dreamcatcher
trying not to sin.

I never saw the answer

but the question broke my heart
I wished upon a star for you
I wished the new would start.

I waited by the water 

skipping stones until you came
if you’d lost me in the moonlight
I’d love you just the same.

I listened to your echoes

to your song and to your cry
there’s a story in the thunder
there’s a lifetime in the tide.

When the shadows deepen

when the dark is near
I’ll be waiting in your wonder
I’ll be fighting with your fear.

And in each blissful sunrise

in our laughter and our calm
we’ll find peace between the storm clouds
we’ll find hope to keep us warm.

But if far woods do beckon

and if perchance I have to go
bright birds will sing my song for you
I’ll be the sparkle on new snow.

~Becky Robbins

Sunday, December 18, 2016

The Show Must Go On


The moon only chases us around 
nothing better to do I guess 
And the stars just sit and blink while they watch our every move.
We're the reality show of the universe.

Dramas and tragedies 
chaos and love 
sex and suffering 
A soap opera for comets. 
Broadway for the nebulae. 

They bust out the cosmic tissues during the sad parts 
and lean forward en masse 
star-dusted brows raised 
when things get really juicy. 

Laughing and crying with us 
Giving a galactic cheer when we're great 
Groaning and throwing their tickets 
into black holes with disgust 
when we bore or disappoint. 

Some of us are celebrities on the universal stage
I'm sure 
The stones and mountains are their paparazzi 
auroras and rainbows their awards. 

And who can fault them for so shamelessly tuning in? 
Where else in this grand sea of matter and space 
can you catch such spectacular theatrics? 
The spotlight is on us and we, 
in all of our glory and misery, are the real stars. 
Break a leg.

~Becky Robbins



Friday, October 28, 2016

Inspired

She was withered, she was wasted
she was aching. Incomplete.
She was bowing to a master
begged for mercy at his feet.
He held logic like a dagger
pressing sharp against her back.
She feared ruin and dishonor
her soul, once light-filled, now was black.

She could run from his cold shallows
into the depths of Mystery.
But in a cage of her own making
this desperate heart could not be free.

Inspiration came like springtime
he was bright and warm and new.
His strong hand was on her shoulder
his quiet voice was clear and true.
She let go and held the answer
she walked boldly toward the door.
The master watched her go, bewildered
the dagger dropped down to the floor.

She is free now from her prison
no longer clinging to her fears.
Springtime came and Inspiration
picked her up and dried her tears.

~Becky Robbins

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Lullaby

Red red leaves
          and a bright blue sky

wind through trees
          whispers and sighs.

Silent now
          neither rustle nor shake

sleep sleep sleep
          in the spring we shall wake.

~Becky Robbins

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Blue Jay

Blue Jay
24"x18" oil pastel on canvas

This beauty frequents our backyard and we've watched each other enough that she doesn't raise her crest in alarm when she sees me anymore. Such a joy to paint - it's a finger painting!