Monday, March 28, 2016


peony flower
Peonies Poem

Sweet peas open over hillsides of the dump.
A closed landfill, named for a historic battle 
where Natives buried unaccounted.
Methane feeds flowers, glory sunset, 
launching torches of perfume.
Peonies are my 'besties;  
I've rose patents
certificate Master Gardener, 
but children won't listen
when I strum Richie Blackmore.
Peonies don't care for heavy metal.

Farmer's Almanac spouts herbaceous  
require certain cool nature.
My parents were screamers.
Never hit mine. 
My knee required stitches, 
after two weeks 
dentist said, 
"OOH, too late for pediatrician,
sewing was needed."
Wounds heal with care - not time.  
Treasures prefer relaxing Epsom baths.
Ghosts jump from 
blue plastic tarps brittle, pillows
and bobs needing recycling.
I worked, planned, cried, 
worked planned
did I do enough 
by myself?

Caroline Gerardo copyright 3/28/2016 Peony Poem


Avocado Salad To Die For

I wrote before about my vegan daughter and meat eating son.
My son surprised visited home for Easter Weekend, but flew
home before dinner.
Saturday night I prepared this easy healthy yummy salad 
that is vegan.
3 fresh corn husks
*2 fresh great tomatoes
*1 red bell pepper
1 can black organic beans
*half a red onion
*2 cloves garlic
3 limes
salt pepper paprika to taste
if you like it hotter a sprinkle of red pepper
*1/2 cup cilantro
teaspoon of great virgin olive oil
3 ripe avocados

Remove husks of corn
Snap in half and cover in pot of water. 
Boil corn for 3 minutes. Allow to cool in the water.
Chop all the * ingredients 
Combine in bowl
Do not cut - save the avocados until right before serving
smash and chop garlic  and cilantro very fine
Zest of one lime on top,
Juice and squeeze out every drop of lime juice into the mixture
Add light salt and pepper - light and check it later before serving
1/4 teaspoon sugar 
Drain the beans and rise in cold water - toss them in whole
Cut the corn off the cob and that goes in the bowl as well
Stir and cover - at least 2 hours but overnight is better
refrigerate the chopped salad

Right before you serve cut the avocados in half, remove pit
and slice
Add a teaspoon of olive oil on top.
Stir taste for salt, pepper sour... maybe add red chili pepper if you like
Can be served on top of bowl of torn greens as the most healthy salad.
I use mustard, kale and romaine as the base. If you are trying this on 
pciky eaters use milder butter lettuce 
Salad greens mixture should be 1/3 of the whole - or in other words
each bite should have two pieces of avocado and yummy veggies
The creamy avocados make this luxurious.
My children never leave left overs. 
Pico de gallo and guacamole flavors will start your party!
I served this Easter afternoon. My son was still eating a bowl
on the way to the airport. His comment:
"I'm sad that TSA doesn't allow food in the Airport. I think if I let
them have a taste they will let me bring it in?" 

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Natural Organic Easter Eggs

Organic Easter Egg Dyes from
turmeric, nasturtium, lavender, borage, 
celery leaves and fever-few
all edible flowers and plant material
Cut flowers from garden.
Put a teaspoon of vinegar into each color bowl
I used a mortar and pestle but you could just cut up and smash
Add flowers into vinegar and tablespoon warm water
Paint or soak boiled eggs with the colors and have fun

easter egg dying
Okay some of my Easter eggs are great but the lavender ones look grey, and paprika turns out ugly

Easter Eggs Carson Blair names
My children are college age but they still like a little holiday fun

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Elephant Seals

walrus sea lions seals sunbathing
Bullet diver. 
Swim oceans elegant breath,
 see Fukushima radioactive isotopes?

Extinction survivor. 
Die before your children is better 
than wailing on shore search for pups.

Crafty MacGyver
Give tourists a circus show,
bark at stealing photographs.

Elephant thriver
Enjoy sun upon your skin.
Protect your harem families.

Seal of silver
Return from turquoise travels,
avoid the boats.

Caroline Gerardo copyright 3/24/2016
Elephant Seals Poem

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Patriot Burial Grounds

Patriot Burial Grounds poem
Burial Grounds
Patriots sleep under warm blankets
A kid rents cars and builds bombs
Comprehend evils re-reads news 
Pot smoking brothers murders
In custody they say he cries
Life different in Boston or Paris? 

Caroline Gerardo copyright 3/18/2016

Boston Church graves in snow
Paris terror suspect captured 3/18/2016

Sunday, March 13, 2016


tiny snow man yosemite
Stand above trees,
climb falls, and
defy melting.
Laugh at stealers.
Water made hand.
Create balls of ice.
Nourish the forest.
Lodge pole pines
give oxygen love .
Get to work

Caroline Gerardo
copyright 3/13/2016

snow man melting

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Ions Sing For International Women's Day

laguna beach poem caroline gerardo

moss beach poem caroline gerardo haiku

Seconds before sun ~ slips lingerie on the sands ~ sounds of ions sing.

Copyright Caroline Gerardo March 8 2016

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Snow Angels

snow meadow Yosemite
Yosemite meadow whispers, 
wind brushes snow. 
"Where no man has gone before!"
 My brother says, dropping his body 
prone on his back 
then laughs hysterically, 
swim his arms and swish legs.
Leave a perfect angel.
Back out cover tracks, 
 branch of cedar perfume.
Driving home pass the valley
 where  El Portal rests
under the cover of fog.
Is Cary Stayner still alive?
Do ghosts haunt the town?
His brother returns from abduction, 
scarring the family.
Those Devils never learned how to make snow angels?

Caroline Gerardo 3/5/2016 Copyright

fog el portal yosemite

snow meadow yosemite