“Kiss and Tell…”

“Grapefruit Love” photograph by Kay Jay, June 2019
“Grapefruit Love (Strip Tease)” photograph by Kay Jay, June 2019
“Grapefruit Love (Offering)” photograph by Kay Jay, June 2019
“Grapefruit Love (Opening)” photography by Kay Jay, June 2019
“Grapefruit Love (Ravished)” photograph by Kay Jay, June 2019
“Grapefruit Love (Seed)” photograph by Kay Jay, June 2019
Sade “Kiss of Life” (Audio) is being posted here for NO COMMERCIAL PURPOSE.

The Best Time to Be Here…

“The Book of The Mountains” still life photograph by Kay Jay, June 2019
“The Book of The Mountains” (Quilt Reflections) still life photograph by Kay Jay, June 2019

The Best Time to Be Here

When we go to the mountain, my husband looks for bats, marked by fast fluttering and ditzy circles, high above us

and he does his best

calling for owls, which I adamantly denied were there, unwilling to humor him, for a full on eleven years, before there was one.

Naturally I had to confess, he was right

so that now when he who-who’s, I stop to listen for the response of any true witnesses in our fox-wedding church.

He’s reverent of the black-hooded juncos hopping across our path,

gingerly follows the lone red-headed sap-sucker hammering around the trunk of a Douglas fir until the bird loses its nerve for lack of privacy,

and stands mesmerized by the number of goldfinches ornamenting the branches of a plum tree and blackberry brambles he can’t wait for

to fruit

when we can forage like bears.

The aggressive squawking of a jay has his eyes rolling for the blue and he points at last to where the crows scold and angrily mob the brazen egg thief.

He spots a red tail hawk feather, and picks it up, cherishing it as a gift from his father.

A robin does its quick running-walk and snatches a plump earth worm,

song sparrows call out for love,

and humming birds throw kisses at us.

A sky of fleeting tangerine and pink salmon fire sun

sets through the black silhouetting trees

and he says to me, “There’s our light, sweetie. This is our time on the mountain.”

The Brandi Carlile “The Story” (Music Video)
is being posted on Stitched in Stone for no commercial purpose.

Head Over Heels (Doin’ the Hokey Pokey)

“Left Foot Crunge” (dance step-quilt square #2) by Kay Jay, June 2019

Head Over Heels (Doin’ the Hokey Pokey)

You say, hey sweetie, I want you to listen to this song, it reminds me of you,

and you sing those lines to me before you gently place needle against vinyl,

…and when she walks she walks

and when she talks she talks…

You say, hey sweetie, you remember the walks along the delta bed we took to the wood bridge?

Past the almond tree?

Where the jackrabbit took his chances in the fields and the sparrow hawk took his dives?

How the sun forced us to stare at our footsteps,

light was louder than sound

and we gushed about the colors of stones dancing with their own shadows?

Of course I do, I say, You held my hand until you had to share with the wildflowers I picked for your Pop

I set the daisies and clover blossoms, the Queen Anne’s lace and foxglove in a jar next to his chessboard,

and I asked you to teach me about seeing three moves ahead

to protect my king.

You smile your big beautiful smile and say, hey sweetie, you’re the only one that can do the Crunge

and nobodies business can follow your

ashiatsu

when you put your whole self in

and shake it all about...

Jill Scott “A Long Walk” (audio) is being posted here for No Commercial Purpose

“Making Love”

“Making Love” #1 (angel cake heart) photo by Kay Jay, June 2019
“Making Love” #2 (strawberries and whipped cream angel cake heart) photo by Kay Jay, June 2019.
“Making Love” #3 (strawberry angel cake heart) photo by Kay Jay, June 2019
The Mary J. Blige “Ultimate Relationship (A.M.)” (music audio)
is being posted on Stitched in Stone for No Commercial Purpose.
“Love Bite” (strawberry angel cake bite) photo by Kay Jay, June 2019