Knapweed Page 26


I was told I must


in some kind of obvious way,

because I prefer to hide in the wonder

of my life,

to stay quiet and even rather


To drink the nectar

of solitude

instead of more company

than is good for me,

Cuckoo Flower Page 18

Cuckoo Flower

like too much wine

that would make me unrecognizable

to myself.


My thirst is for

the clarity of my thoughts,

the true rhythm of my heart,

and the wakefulness of my soul.

Although, in a way, I do seek

drunkenness, by



overindulging in the softness

of my cats and their doggedness, too –

the same to be said about nature

as it intoxicates my life with meaning

and escape from meaning,

and the passions that make me teeter

on the edge of becoming unrecognizable

to everyone but myself.



To see a World in a Grain of Sand

And a Heaven in a Wild Flower,

Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand

And Eternity in an hour.’  ~ William Blake

On my birthday I make a toast of blessings to you all!

And to

All Things That Matter Press

 who will be publishing the sequel to A House Near Luccoli:

To A Strange Somewhere Fled

Thank you, Deb and Phil, for the best birthday present!

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The novel now has its own page on my website:


where you can read the opening pages.

Or go to its page on this blog.

Peace and love.

The Snow White Gift Cat only


donatellasmallest©Artwork and writing, unless otherwise indicated, are the property of Diane M Denton. Please request permission to reproduce or post elsewhere with a link back to bardessdmdenton. Thank you.

31 thoughts on “Celebrate

  1. Birthday love flowed on Facebook and I am just catching up on posts…Diane, you are very special and I think it’s brilliant news about your book. ❤ xXx


  2. Happy belated birthday, my sweet, and great jubilation on the birthing of your new novel! I am constantly impressed and moved by your work (though I hope you knew that already, it never hurts to remind you!). May the year to come be filled to overflowing with joys and flowers, birds and beauty and blessings!


  3. “My thirst is for

    the clarity of my thoughts,

    the true rhythm of my heart,

    and the wakefulness of my soul.”


    It is that thirst that makes you an inimitable artist with the pen and brush
    and that same thirst makes you one that your readers call friend. You are
    truly a beautiful and talented soul.

    This poem is grand!



  4. Actually, you just may have answered the ques I asked in reply to your comment on my board. =) Your closing line to the poem is lovely. Happy bday and congratulations on this special milepost.



  5. Your poem and illustrations are beautiful, Diane, and I love the harmless implications of drunkenness, overindulging and intoxication…I wish you a birthday celebration just the way you want it, be happy and content and know you have touched many lives here on WP. Sending birthday hugs and a cupcake, too! 🙂 Much love to a wonderful friend! ♥


    • Hi, Lauren, and thank you – so glad you enjoyed the poem and illustrations. Spending a quiet day with a special dinner at home with mom and the kitties. To know that I can offer something positive to others means so much, as I know you understand! Love the cupcake! ❤ Treasure your friendship! XO ❤


  6. Diane our visitors from Ireland have gone out to meet friends for the afternoon so I have a few moments to say another Happy Birthday to you! Have a lovely day however you celebrate it. And the drunkeness you are soaked with from your kitties is far from harmful, just the opposite! Your poem is a delight and the illustrations of course. And Im so thrilled for you that your sequel will soon be with us, such a great achievement. Also I love the William Blake quote.
    Thank you for another year of beautiful friendship ❤️ Xxx


    • Hi, Christine, and thank you! Spending a quiet day at home. So lovely here and mom and I hate to leave, and love being with our kitties. Dinner is in the oven and I picked some wild raspberries from the garden to top a cheesecake I bought. I discovered them yesterday when I was cleaning some weeds in a couple of wilder areas of our yard (and there are many!). So glad you enjoyed the poem and illustrations. The Blake quote is one of my favorites … he says so much in so little. I just don’t have a need for parties and such – I never have. And now I am older it is such a relief not to feel pressured to be more social. Saying that, I am more blessed than ever with lovely soul-connected friends like you. Thank you for your very special friendship – I know how much you mean to so many and am honored to be a part of your life. XO ❤


      • I would much rather stay home and “celebrate” too really, and I havent told many this! This has become more so as Ive got older. But now grandchildren dictate otherwise! I know I am blessed to have them so they are worth every bit of chaos they bring with them. 😊❤️ Xx


  7. Lovely worded poem. Enjoy your bd the way you like it best! And stop working for a day lol those covers, illustrations and poems can wait a bit! 🙂 Big bd hugs to you my dear friend {{{ Diane }}} xxx


    • Thank you, Ina! And for your advice … insistence … you are right. It is hard to do nothing, but very nice, too! Big hug right back to you, dearest friend! Take care of yourself, too. XO ❤


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