calm reflection 

Jacaranda tree of purple flowerah, I remember!
annual May gray, June gloom
a calm reflection
new lavender blossoms rest
against faded, silver skies


Written by Jennifer A. Fifield

Photo from LuqueStock

Also see the San Diego Union Tribune article, It’s jacaranda season: When purple reigns

summertime candy

spring growing daffodils in gardenblush red summer plum
plucked from an unshaded tree
oh, sticky nectar

plump grainy delight
memories of yesterday’s
autumn denial

sweet juicy tears fall
all this, from a single bite
summertime candy

Jennifer A. Fifield

Image: Bigstockphoto

songs from long ago

Central Arizona Desertnostalgia
sang from the radio
this morning
not once,
but twice

neil diamond
was coming to america
it played from the stereo
that was like furniture
on weekends
when they’d play cards
until late in the night

then the free wind blew
through your hair
on ventura highway
not reminding me of california
but of arizona
and the sweet strums
of an old american guitar

Jennifer A. Fifield

Sunday Traditions

Antique Typewriter Qwerty IXColumns on paper
are how it began
a love for the ink
and the stories that ran

From paper to screen
the change it did come
‘twas hard to regard
not for all, but for some

Scared we might be
that tangibles may die
no newspapers in hand
our old ways gone awry

Wishes of farewell
Journal of Wall Street
to Sunday traditions
a reader’s heart, bittersweet

Jennifer A. Fifield

Image: Bigstockphoto

See article: Goodbye From The WSJ Sunday

I Love Libraries

Stack of Library Books

I know some people think it’s cool to say things like “what are books?” these days, but I will always love libraries.  They have been a gathering place for the community for years.

I used to pick up my tax forms there (before tax filing switched to online).  I took field trips to the library during summer camp when I was kid.  How exciting it was to pile a stack of books on the counter and know they were mine, for free, for three weeks.

And librarians are always so nice.  Always willing to help you find what you need.  I went to the library last night to check out a couple of audio books and discovered a used book sale.  Bronte, Faulkner and Poe for $1.00 – you can’t go wrong.  When I checked out, the librarian said, “Enjoy your books!

I find it peaceful and relaxing to be in a library.  Maybe it’s the nostalgia that brings me comfort.  In this fast-paced, technology-reliant society we live in, it is nice to know that there is a place I can go that takes me back in time, yet also moves me forward.


Jennifer A. Fifield

Image: Microsoft Free Clip Art