There’s always another Kevin (A poem)

Back to exploring the pantoum… It seems the name Kevin has fallen into disrepute thanks to serial-killer movies and general overexposure In 1990, Kevins were everywhere—that’s not in dispute but now, that seems to be over Thanks to serial-killer movies and general overexposure Kevin has lost whatever cachet it once had The age of Kevin seems [...]

God’s green earth (A poem)

This pantoum was an effort to try something new. When I go to an open-mic, I usually read something I have already worked on, typed into a Word document, and done some preliminary editing. I wrote this poem this afternoon, while waiting for the room to open, and read it straight from my journal. I [...]

The morning after headaches and explosions in the night (A poem)

Back to the pantoum. The ‘explosions’ part of the title refers to last night’s gas explosion in Seattle’s Greenwood neighborhood. One of the businesses destroyed in the explosion was Neptune Coffee, the first place I ever read any of my writing in public (a short story, in late 2013). The Couth Buzzard, where I regularly participate [...]

Election fatigue (A poem)

This one will date quickly—but I want to get it out of my system… It’s only one week into March and I’m already tired of the elections all that yelling and back-and-forth and the size of Drumpf’s erection I’m already tired of this election Let’s just get it over and done Pondering the size of [...]

Presidential politics, 2016 (A poem)

Just another day in the presidential election cycle… The sense of entitlement is astounding It’s on all sides, everywhere But the arguments are increasingly floundering To disagree does not mean to not care It’s on all sides, everywhere the politics of misinformation To disagree does not mean to not care so you’ll forgive me my [...]

While I wait (A poem)

Started while sitting in a coffee shop that was a bit too warm for comfort… The room is large, but the tables are small there’s barely enough space for two and it’s hot—almost too hot for waiting Yet here I am, waiting for you There’s barely enough space for two but I’m making do with [...]

The long slide from hope to rage (A poem)

This pantoum was inspired by the title of an article appearing in The Guardian: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/mar/02/the-guardian-view-on-super-tuesday-the-long-slide-from-hope-to-rage They say it’s a long slide from hope to rage some have been on the slide for a long, long time Some stand at the top, peering nervously over the edge hoping it’s not their turn this time Some have been on [...]

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 [...]

A rainy Tokyo afternoon (a poem)

Today’s prompt in The Daily Poet: Day-By-Day Prompts For Your Writing Practice, by Kelli Russell Agodon & Martha Silano, is to write a pantoum—a poem in which the second and fourth lines of one stanza are used as the first and third lines of the following stanza. What do you suppose she’s thinking now? It’s been twenty-three years since [...]