Oblivious

Oblivious

Red dusk is oblivious
to the catbird’s plaintive cries.
Twilight sighs and shivers
beneath the dappled skies.

Clouds morph on the horizon,
jeweled tones in refracting light.
Half moon rises slowly
beaming in the young night.

Venus makes an entrance
as the sun begins to set.
Pinpoint stars appearing
in fields of black velvet.

Throw another log on
and let the flames rise higher.
Stoke the glowing embers
of passion and desire.

We sip our wine in darkness,
feeling peaceful, slightly high.
Jazz notes floating in mid-air,
holding hands, just you and I.

Alone beneath the shooting stars,
with fireflies to light the way.
Out here we are oblivious
and where we’d rather stay.

Colleen Keller Breuning © 2023
May 27, 2023

Happy Saturday! Well it is Writer’s Choice week, where we can let our muses run wild and write to our heart’s content. Sometimes this is actually harder, believe it or not. This poem was once again inspired by a line in the Outlander book I am reading. “The night shivered.” It stuck in my mind as I was reading on Friday, and I knew it was going to form the basis of my poem.

Last night was so beautiful that after my 6 mile run, we decided to have a spontaneous firepit up in our back yard. We packed up our favorite wine, some glasses, flashlights and the makings of s’mores.  I brought along my iPad and Anker speaker, and we listened to some mellow songs and cool jazz that just make you melt into the Adirondack chairs. One of these songs was “Lighthouse” by Patrick Watson, which is so beautifully inspiring.

High on our west facing ridge, we get an incredibly beautiful view of the sunset, and then can watch as the planets, moon and stars make their appearance. It was just glorious, the colors were so jewel toned and beautiful, and the fire was a gorgeous dance of orange and gold flames.

It had been a relatively cool day so I had 2 layers on, and took my warm shawl along, as the temperature was dropping. Despite the coolness, fireflies were blinking and bats were swooping. I took videos that had some incredible birdsong, the catbirds seem to be the most vocal at night as they settle in. Their chatter always makes me smile. A pair of deer curiously watched us from the top of our property, and ventured closer as they became comfortable. I am always grateful for this time in nature.

I roasted marshmallows and made s’mores for Dan and myself. Have you noticed recently that they are making the giant marshmallows flat now? I can only presume this is on purpose, for making s’mores? Or maybe my bag just got flattened – but it seemed all the bags were the same at the grocery store!

Anway, it was such a relaxing and beautiful night that I didn’t want to end. If I were more adventurous, I would love to sleep under the stars. But I’m not a camper or even a “glamper,” and I would probably get freaked out by some rogue animal and go screaming into the house, haha.

So this poem is simply about a beautiful night spent by the fire with my love, where we basked in the beauty of nature and literally felt oblivious to the demands of the world beyond our backyard. Such a wonderful feeling we plan to revisit often this summer. I wish you all a peaceful, relaxing Memorial Day weekend.

xoxo Colleen

Mood: Romantic
Inspiration: “Lighthouse” by Patrick Watson

Ecrits Blogophilia Week 47.14 Topic: Writers Choice – Oblivious
Hard Bonus: WC – Include a line from an Outlander book (“The night shivered.” – I paraphrased it a bit haha)
Easy Bonus: WC – Incorporate the planet Venus

Surrender

Surrender

Down the mountainside a gentle breeze blows
Through the mighty maples and oaks so fair.
Past the gold meadows where the river flows
Nightingale crooning, love is in the air.

I found you sitting on the rocks alone
As day faded into velvet twilight.
Lost in this world, no one to call your own
While distant stars illuminate the night.

Look into my eyes, I can read your mind.
Hold my hands, feel the energy within.
A power to bring eyesight to the blind,
And I promise you’ll see the sun again.

Draw the curtains, let my love lift you higher
Surrender to this passion and desire.

Colleen Keller Breuning © 2023
April 28, 2023

Hello! We drove up to Michigan yesterday for a long weekend visiting my husband’s family. Today it has been raining all day, but we got to go into Rochester for an hour of downtown shopping, and then spent the afternoon with Dan’s older brother Steve, wife Vicky, Brother Jon and his wife Connie. We had dinner at Victoria’s in Oxford this evening. Steve is doing so much better, he’s had a host of health issues for about the last 8 months. Fortunately, he is getting stronger and gaining back his mobility. Tomorrow we are getting together with all the Michigan cousins for dinner.

It has been nice to get out of town for a long weekend after a challenging tax season! It has been difficult switching gears from working many hours of overtime to virtually none. I’m sure I will find other things to do. Our firm is starting their annual fitness challenge on May 1, so I better break out my running shoes again!

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend. 😊

xoxo Colleen

Mood: Lovely
Inspiration: “See the Sun Again” by Dido

Ecrits Blogophilia Week 43.14 Topic: Love is in the Air
Hard Bonus: Incorporate a lyric from the singer Dido (“I promise you’ll see the sun again” from the song “See the Sun Again”)
Easy Bonus: Mention a superpower or special talent (mind-reading)

Weightless

Weightless

Twilight calling
scent of jasmine in the air
starlight falling
silver strands upon my hair.

You take my hand
pull me close against your chest
love is dawning
my fretful spirit cannot rest.

See the ambient moon rising
high up in the night
and my heart aches for freedom
to dance in the amber light
to spread my wings and take flight
holding on
until dawn
when we rise with the sun
breathe in the fresh air
floating on the clouds without a care.

And I’m weightless…
weightless in your arms
weightless in your arms
shelter me from harm.

Venus shining
passion puts us in a trance
swaying to and fro
captivated by romance.

Evening is long
filled with the mockingbird’s song
tender lips graze
wash away the tears and wrongs.

See the ambient moon rising
high up in the night
and my heart aches for freedom
to dance in the amber light
to spread my wings and take flight
holding on
until dawn
when we rise with the sun
breathe in the fresh air
floating on the clouds without a care.

And I’m weightless…
weightless in your arms
weightless in your arms
shelter me from harm.

Colleen Keller Breuning © 2022
May 21, 2022

It’s been a very long time since I have written. Lots of things were keeping me in a writer’s block of sorts the past few months …. a new job, busy tax season, the sudden death of Dan’s brother, dealing with grief and other life changes. As a result, I got out of the habit of keeping true to my Friday morning writing schedule. I really miss our Blogophilia group, that kept me on track. I miss our interactions and find myself on social media a lot less these days. I hope to get back to my writing weekly, even if it’s a simple haiku.

Here’s a little song, lighter than what I’ve been feeling lately. Here’s to love….

xoxo Colleen

Inspiration: “Serenade” by Emiliana Torrini
Mood: Wistful

Momentum

Momentum

Fear pulls me downward
sinister thoughts creeping
in corners of my dark mind
gripping tight, talons sharp
as I bleed from the inside out
and rail to the heavens in rage
from the depths of an anguished soul.

Passion pushes me onward
parting a veil of diaphanous desire
satin hush, silken touch
the scent and taste of love
as the glorious sun glows
in effervescent rainbows
shining the light on my path.

Hope coaxes me upward
picking up the broken pieces
scattered amongst wayward leaves
a cool breeze permeates my skin
its soft kiss upon my cheek
determination coursing through my veins
as I break through the force field again.

Momentum carries me forward
out of a forlorn past
through hot burning coals
blistered feet, hot searing pain
leading to a tropical oasis
where I can frolic in the green
cool raindrops upon my tongue.

Colleen Keller Breuning © 2021
November 8, 2021

This post was written for the Instagram group Her Growth Collective @hergrowthcollective. The topic for the week for 11/11/2021 is “Momentum.”

Momentum is defined as the strength or force that something has when it is moving. It is also the strength or force that allows something to continue or to grow stronger or faster as time passes. I believe that the momentum in our lives can be generated both internally and externally. Sometimes we have the energy, desire and impetus to make positive changes in our lives. Other times, we simply roll with the waves and are forced to change, lest we sink and drown.

For me, many things have affected my life’s momentum. Fear, passion and hope are recurring themes that have carried me through and allowed me to change the direction of my life. Reflecting on this topic helped me to write my poem “Momentum” on the plane ride back home from my son’s wedding. Life is good, keep the momentum going!

xoxo Colleen

Mood: Reflective
Inspiration:  “Push the Sky Away” by Nick Cave

Butterfly Piano

Butterfly Piano

Keys
caressed
by fingers
gently stroking
black and ivory
sweet music sets us free
crimson blood thrums in our veins
as intangible passions stir
on wings of enchanted butterfly
resonating in hollows of my heart
take me to this place of serenity
your wings cover mine, softly guide me
chills down my spine, the song begins
our spirits take flight at dusk
delicate pas de deux
as two souls entwine
eternally
let each note
light the
dark

Colleen Keller Breuning © 2021
September 14, 2021

Mood: Golden Butterflies by Ludovico Einaudi

Mellow Drama

Mellow Drama

I watch the colors in the sky
lazy wayward clouds drifting by
twilight morphing crimson and gold
as the mellow drama unfolds.

I smell a fragrance light and fair
night blooming jasmine fills the air
its white blossoms of grace exude
infuse my soul with gratitude.

I hear the plaintive catbird calls
a sad serenade as dusk falls
melancholy song in my ears
with heavy heart and misting tears.

I feel the ever shifting wind
gentle caresses on my skin
like nimble fingers warm and light
guiding me to the edge of night.

I savor distant shooting stars
flavors exploding from afar
so sweet and tart upon my tongue
reminding me my soul is young.

I dance across the night aflame
and take a bow to wild acclaim
the lead role in this cinema
star of my own mellow drama.

Colleen Keller Breuning © 2021
August 13, 2021

Beyond the Spanish Moss

Beyond the Spanish Moss

Scrub pines and banyans beckon
bedecked with Spanish moss
lazy cumulus clouds drift free
across the periwinkle horizon.

Fiery sun rises opposite the moon
its early morning heat blazing
as the dragonfly silently hovers
alighting on dew drenched lily pad.

The blue heron turns, unblinking
lifts long delicate wings in flight
gliding gracefully across the bay
and the seagulls are calling, calling.

The wind is shifting as waves crash
and there’s a white mist blinding me
tears trickle, my world shifts and tilts
I feel my heart being pulled homeward.

Shall I cling to you like Spanish moss,
move in tandem with balmy breeze?
Might my lips burn like the August sun,
and make the heat rise within you?

Soon our arms entwine and lift in flight
as we soar across the azure sea
sailing far beyond Spanish moss
ascending past the stars into eternity.

Colleen Keller Breuning © 2021
July 11, 2021

Imminent

Imminent

Whir of cicadas
dead wings scatter in hot breeze
seventeen year plague

Golden sun blazes
sinking into purple hills
as days grow longer

Rumble of thunder
fireflies and lightning bolts flash
nimbus clouds breaking

Fingers grazing skin
heat blazes deep within me
summer imminent

Colleen Keller Breuning © 2021
June 18, 2021

Even though Blogophilia is on hiatus this summer, my plan is to keep writing, something – ANYTHING on a weekly basis. I almost caved in and let myself get lazy, but I always feel incomplete if I don’t download the week’s thoughts and emotions into some type of scribble scrabble….

Wishing everyone out there a Happy Father’s Day!!! This year (as in many years past), I share my birthday with Father’s Day. I was hoping that grandson Hatcher would be born this weekend (would be cool to share my birthday), but as of now it looks like he’s staying put. His due date is June 25, so anything could happen. We are anxiously waiting for the call and plan to hop in our car and start the drive to Florida once Katie goes into labor. I need to get packing NOW!!!! Happy Summer all! ❤

Velvet Whispers

Velvet Whispers

My love is like the evening star,
Sailing in twilight sky afar.
Drifting past the crescent moonlight
In velvet whispers of the night.

The constellations point the way,
Sirius beckons from the fray.
That star has five points, pinpoint bright,
In velvet whispers of the night.

Tangled up in guilty pleasures,
Show to me your hidden treasures.
Colliding deep with sweet delight
In velvet whispers of the night.

My love is like the evening star,
In velvet whispers of the night.

Colleen Keller Breuning © 2021
April 2, 2021

Ecrits Blogophilia Week 3.14 Topic: What’s Your Pleasure
Hard Bonus (2 points): Quote Jack Benny (“That star has five points” from the Jack Benny show)
Easy Bonus (1 Point): Include a Phase of the Moon (crescent moon)

Secret Phrase Guesses:

  1. Evening Star (in blog)
  2. Outside my window
  3. Lake House
  4. Gone fishing
  5. On Golden Pond
  6. Bridge 
  7. Summer vacation
  8. Secret fishing spot
  9. Bridge over troubled water
  10. Sitting on the dock of the bay

Topic: Tyler   Pic: Christopher

A Little More Wine

A Little More Wine

The fireplace glows, the mood is set,
Sparks ignite like the day we met.
One glass of red, warm and divine…
May I have a little more wine?

Hot molten wax burns down the wicks
On sterling silver candlesticks.
Passion burning, I’m feeling fine…
May I have a little more wine?

Bright stars collide as our souls meet,
Quenching desires, savory sweet.
Lips taste of grapes straight from the vine…
May I have a little more wine?

The fireplace glows, the mood is set…
May I have a little more wine?

Colleen Keller Breuning © 2020
December 11, 2020

Ecrits Blogophilia Week 40.13 Topic: The Day We Met
Hard Bonus (2 points): Include a quote from the movie Roman Holiday (“May I have a little more wine?”)
Easy Bonus (1 Point): Use the name of a winery (Sterling – located in Napa; we visited that winery, so lovely!)

SECRET BONUS GUESSES:

This week’s pic

1.  Best Friends Forever
2.  Teen Texting Buddies
3.  Social Distancing
4.  Just Me and my BFF
5.  Hanging out with my bestie
6.  Tik Tok Time
7.  Chilling in the park
8.  Social Media Scene
9.  Fountain of youth
10.  Cool by the pool

Topic: Tyler   Pic:  Christine