That tribal celebration that always comes before the big battle scene (a poem)

I spent a good chunk of the afternoon trying to write one of those Important Statement poems that appear every once in a while. It was not working, however, coming across at various points as either too earnest, too forced, or both. So I am posting this more honest poem instead, which I wrote while [...]

Election Day storm (A poem)

For March, I will be doing pantoums. A pantoum consists of any number of four-line stanzas, with the second and fourth lines of one stanza repeating as the first and third lines of the next. (https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/text/poetic-form-pantoum) The storm was as unexpected as the results were anticipated Hail poured down from blackened clouds while the map [...]

Illumination (A poem)

Getting back to it after a bit of a break. Note that I am using illumination here in the Japanese sense; examples of illumination can be seen here and here. It’s been years since I last saw the lights opulent displays of color and bright to enliven the season distract from the chill with festivities running on into [...]

On your birthday (a poem)

A few weeks ago, I learned that a friend of mine died of cancer last September. Today would have been her 52nd birthday. It’s strange knowing you’re not around to celebrate this time We were born a day apart but I always felt we celebrated together our places on this shared journey our occasionally intersecting [...]