The Bear, a sestina

April is National Poetry Month, so I'll be posting a few poems this season.  Currently I spend more time writing prose stories instead of poems, so it's been fun for me to look back at poems I wrote in past decades. This poem is from a period when I was experimenting with classic forms.   … Continue reading The Bear, a sestina

Praise Poem

I want to wish everyone a peaceful Holy Week, and a Blessed Easter.  I wrote this poem a few months ago.  I'd seen another praise poem, written like this, designed so the reader would read the first column from top to bottom, and then come back up and read the second column.  I thought it … Continue reading Praise Poem

How to Find the Muse

Hey, it's National Poetry Month, so I've decided to post a few poems this April.  It's been fun for me to look back over my decades-long collection of poems to find a few that will be just right for this moment in time.  None of those wild, whiny, passionate unrequited love poems I seemed prone … Continue reading How to Find the Muse

Sheltering-in-Place

When I was 21 I went to Europe on a five-week student tour with my best friends.  On our last day we were in England, and we went on a boat ride down the Thames to Greenwich.  I have several memories of that day, a few funny stories, conversations, photos, but there was one image … Continue reading Sheltering-in-Place

Predator Heart

Her mother named her Cheetah, hoping she would grow into a long-limbed, fleet-footed woman, but she developed broad shoulders and rounded haunches like a raccoon.  Her father called her Chee, as if it were a nicked name, a shortened version of her totem animal, but Cheetah knew he meant Chi, pure core energy.  She wanted … Continue reading Predator Heart

Loving Harvey: some Christmas musings

I wrote and published this piece six years ago, shortly after the death of a close friend.  I came across it this week, and honestly, I'd forgotten that I wrote this as a Christmas meditation.  The idea of surprise is becoming a theme for me this December.  Life deals us all some pretty unpleasant surprises … Continue reading Loving Harvey: some Christmas musings

grace: a surprise from the universe

This is a true story.  It happened several years ago, when I was still working full time. It was early on a Saturday morning when I set out with a long list of errands.  First up:  go to the ATM for cash so I could do the other errands! As I walked across the parking … Continue reading grace: a surprise from the universe

A Prayer for Healing Division

I first wrote and published this piece several years ago when Barack Obama was president and John Boehner was speaker of the house, and we were in the midst of a federal government shut-down.  It was a time of great anxiety, partisanship and divisiveness.  Things being what they are right now, I decided it would … Continue reading A Prayer for Healing Division

Free Books

Years ago, I whimsically folded a few of my original poems into paper airplanes and flew them into the audience at a reading.  People were amused. This happened long ago, in the "Before Times," when no one had heard the names Microsoft or Apple iPhone.  It was a simpler era, and yet today I say … Continue reading Free Books

Happy Labor Day Weekend

I hope summer has been a time of rest, relaxation and fun for you and your loved ones.  I suggest we  carry that spirit of renewal with us, even as the days grow shorter.  With that in mind, click below for a few moments of redemption.  If the image is tiny, just click on it, … Continue reading Happy Labor Day Weekend