Author Archives: ksbeth

About ksbeth

Ann Arbor-ite writes about enjoying life with all of its ironies and surprises.

and along came olive.


tiny olive

with green eyes of two different colors

just six pounds never to grow any bigger

came into my life

quite unexpectedly 

found in the caboose of a train

a teenage mother

rescued by kind humans


soon to move

into to my home and family

with patience and time and space
in the little cottage
olive the cat not the oil
so sweet and playful
glenn frey the cat not the rocker
so reserved and timid
and they soon found a way
to peacefully co-exist
watching the world go by together.
“peace puts forth her olive everywhere”
-william shakespeare



on the spring equinox


if ever there were a spring day so perfect,
so uplifted by a warm intermittent breeze

that it made you want to throw
open all the windows in the house

and unlatch the door to the canary’s cage,
indeed, rip the little door from its jamb,

a day when the cool brick paths
and the garden bursting with peonies

seemed so etched in sunlight
that you felt like taking

a hammer to the glass paperweight
on the living room end table,

releasing the inhabitants
from their snow-covered cottage

so they could walk out,
holding hands and squinting

into this larger dome of blue and white,
well, today is just that kind of day.

– billy collins



art credit: Francesca Rizzato Art

blue sunbeams.


and michigan takes the win in the final second.

moving on to the sweet sixteen.

 the tears and the joy flow freely.

go blue.

‘tears of joy are like the summer rain drops pierced by sunbeams.’

-hosea ballou






image credits: –  mike mulholland