Tanabata poem 2022: Who needs the moon when we’ve got the stars?

Every year for the last few years, I have written a poem to mark Tanabata. Here is this year’s installment. I know the old saying goes something like that but won’t we always need the moon— the moon that breaks through the clouds while the stars continue to hide? the moon that illuminates the surface [...]

I was surprised to see daylight when I opened my eyes (a poem)

This morning. I heard the storm outsideand thought it was stillthe middle of the nightand I was waking up againfor no good reason I know it’s midnight somewherebut I’m not there That’s no surprise (18 May 2022) Order Wishes sometimes have consequences from your favorite local bookstore! IndieBound search: https://www.indiebound.org/search/book?keys=wishes+sometimes+have+consequences If they can’t get it [...]

Observing deconstruction (a poem)

A response to this Instagram post: https://www.instagram.com/p/CdbPbzktSjA/ They tore down the structurea couple of days ago Three misshapen stonesin the middle of a park somewherein the centre of a war zone The machinery flexinglike a cat after striking Somebody thought to watch (12 May 2022) Order Wishes sometimes have consequences from your favorite local bookstore! [...]

Unconfirmed rumor (a poem)

A late afternoon impression. Eighteen of themremembered The last stem bentunder the weightof its own remorse A fragranceA fragmentA filigreeA fiction Tomorrow’s yesterdayspent its time thinkingabout the day after tomorrowwithout worryingabout what that means Eleven timesthe last thing you saidleaves a lot of lettersto mix and jumbleand turn into somethingthat resembles meaning The last stemis [...]

National Poetry Writing Month 2022, Day 30

My Day 30 poem, based on the prompt at https://www.napowrimo.net/day-thirty-8/.  Imagine the artiststanding beneath a spotlightbefore the moon makes it past the trees A little house, dark bluemixed with amber and greenteasing out nostalgia like sugar The old man by the mailboxestells me there’s work to be done I just want to sleepbut have no [...]

National Poetry Writing Month 2022, Day 29

My Day 29 poem, based on the prompt at https://www.napowrimo.net/day-twenty-nine-8/.  I started out on a high note. Because nothing beats being alivewhen it comes to a birthday gift. When you’ve spent all eternity so farnot existing, the miracle of birthcertainly is good for a lift. I don’t remember the day at all—after all, it was [...]