poetry - n. 1: writing that formulates a concentrated imaginative awareness of experience in language chosen and arranged to create a specific emotional response through meaning, sound, and rythmn 2 a: a quality that stirs the imagination b: a quality of spontaneity and grace

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Thursday, July 30, 2009

a few haiku...

click here to see some
recent haiku by me and
some Japanese greats

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Two by my children...

Today is National Poem-in-your-Pocket Day so I had my kids write a poem to share with the world. Here they are:

The Owl's Mouth
by Ben - age 7

The owl's mouth is an ugly sight,
it really is a scary fright,
because I am a mouse myself.

by Chris - age 9

Words can be nice, words can be mean
words can be tiny or elephantine.

Monday, March 23, 2009

The Eternal Now

The tide of breath:
A gravitational rhythm…

Thursday, January 29, 2009


The sequoia stand as silent soldiers
Sentries of history
As if waiting for a foretold arrival
Of a dignitary

It would seem Someone is coming—
Or maybe they are simply trees?

Saturday, January 24, 2009

It starts as a gas
Next forms into a liquid
Then solid haiku

Sunday, December 14, 2008

A Wonder

The people who walked in darkness
have seen a great light;
those who dwell in a land of deep sorrow,
on them has light shined.

proceeding as the dawn:
mourning burns away
to the fullness of day,
darkness done,
everlasting noon—
God with us, come,
has come…

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

The Fog

The fog, as depression, has settled in the night—
Like the veil of a bride, obscuring beauty, it will be lifted.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Biker Man

He wears his handlebar mustache like a Harley Davidson
He’s fired up—
Rolls down the street easy striding yet with thunder in his approach
His hair braided like the leather tassels of his vest
Painted with tattoos of apocalypse
The wheels of his mind spinning…
The headlights of his eyes penetrate through the crowd before him
Owning the pavement and all the on-looking stares

Friday, October 10, 2008

Fall Flight

The birds on the trees
have scattered as leaves
on the wind they wind through the sky.

Yet not to descend
as an autumnal blend
but will rise to dazzle the eye.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Hard Pressed

A stone sits on my desk
like an expectation—
well-rounded yet dense.

I pick it up—

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

A Haiku

The moon. A friendly
visitor on the doorstep.
How they wax and wane.

Friday, August 29, 2008

The Well of Stories

Come to the well of stories
Let your bucket down
Drawing up and out its weight
Refreshment will be found
Thirst is quenched
Drink is shared
The weary begin to flower
For in the garden where toil is known
There comes the harvest hour

Friday, August 22, 2008


Is the landscape of a marsh—
Life collected in a seemingly stagnate pool
A slow purification of the run-off of time
Bogged down by the moss of life
A floating reality, quite uprooted

Friday, August 15, 2008


Each contain a folded story
Carried on the back
Or as a wheeled dolly
Loaded with the routine
Baggage of life in an attempt
To make it lighter—
Latched or zipped or buckled
Contents hidden from site

Friday, August 08, 2008

At The Airport

People gather—
A flock of geese
Settled down
Into a lake of waiting
Then all together
They become airborne
Riding the instinct
Of migration

Friday, August 01, 2008


Pinning the butterfly down
Means the butterfly will never fly
What I need is a net

Friday, July 25, 2008


Sickness is a larva that burrows into the soil of the body
Emerges seventeen years later as a creaking cicada
Burdening the mind with its annoyance

Sickness is a leech stuck to the skin like cancer
A slug loaded and aimed to kill

Sickness is the silverfish
Elusive and hidden in dark corners

Sickness is the fire ant and a bite that stings
Resulting in the heat of worry

Sickness is a spider softening the drum of the ear
Builds her web of confusion back and forth within the mind,
Hanging her thread on the worn down rafters of nerves

Sickness is the mosquito that hovers out of arms reach
As you lay in sleepless heat, itching

Sickness is the boll weevil that gets into the cereal of your life
And causes you to lose your appetite

Sickness is the cockroach,
An armored scuttle of fear

Sickness is the invasive species of a parasite
Who settles into the lake of the heart
And contaminates all its tributaries

Sickness is the walking stick that is right before your eyes
Yet unseen

Sickness is the tick that hooks on
and will not let go

Sickness is the caterpillar’s cocoon
And the long waiting of something unknown

Friday, July 18, 2008

The Redwoods

“Thank God, they cannot cut down the clouds.”
~ Henry David Thoreau

Grandfather Time himself stood before me
Bearded evergreen and welcoming
The priest in this cathedral of history
The canopy a choir loft
The members of this congregation
A fraternal order of longevity
These sentinels of ancient creeds
Generals against gravity

Friday, July 11, 2008

To The Races

Today I will harness distraction
Tame her with sugar cubes and apples
She will carry this tired body
She will rest at night in the stable
And she will be named Present Tense

Friday, July 04, 2008

The American Dream

is a postcard—
a false, glossy reality;
our location airbrushed across the sky,
pressed from a woody pulp,
we convince ourselves of the memory
held fast to a thin card-stock existence.