The modern sense of audacity (A poem)

Inspired by the title of an NPR story about Maurice White (R.I.P.)… The word audacity doesn’t get used much anymore In fact, the mere use of the word has itself become an audacious act I can’t help but think it’s because we’re surrounded by so much audacity that audacity fails to stand out anymore It’s [...]

A Japanese image (a poem)

Inspired by a photograph by Hisatomi Tadahiko… The shadow makes you look like a statue a warrior in shades of grey your sharpened features ready to show no mercy poised to attack from every angle Your expression is blank a cipher open to interpretation but giving nothing away not even your full lips and heavy-lidded [...]

You (a poem)

Another HoneLife poetry exercise, this one on the theme of thankfulness… Each time I see you I feel a warmth like nothing else the sparkle in your eyes matches the smile on your face You have a way of expressing the things I feel but cannot say the sadness in your eyes reflects the tenderness [...]

self-portrait from three years ago (a poem)

Inspired by a photograph from three years ago (and an English subtitle from a Japanese drama I was watching on Hulu). ‘…but you weren’t yourself after all.’ The world you knew had ceased to exist; everything was now different. Even the little bit of same around the edges could not change this new essential truth. [...]