Friday, April 30, 2021

National Poetry Writing Month- Day 30

lichen on tree trunk
liken to silver dollars
grandfather's nest egg 

Thursday, April 29, 2021

National Poetry Writing Month- Day 29

pollen season drops 
earlier, stronger, longer
Tuck in, Humming Bird

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

National Poetry Writing Month- Day 28

Too Million Things Due 
Bob Ross soothes white over blue
happy little cloud

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

National Poetry Writing Month- Day 27

week reruns last weeks
Bob Ross soothes green over gray
happy little tree

Monday, April 26, 2021

National Poetry Writing Month- Day 26

wintery mix hits
rain then snow then hail ping car
new normal April 

Sunday, April 25, 2021

National Poetry Writing Month- Day 25

children run the streets
hunting alleycats' shadows
their coats uncared for

Saturday, April 24, 2021

National Poetry Writing Month- Day 24

He was Grateful Dead tie-dyed
wavy white haired
spouting biodiversity benefits
excluding your lawn care, which turned him
olive fatigues
close-crop top cut
military-grade tape measurer

Friday, April 23, 2021

National Poetry Writing Month- Day 23

Birding as a competition
who didn't buy a new hobby this year
engage in safe at home activities?
2 shots later though, she's ready to shove
off from the nest, grow her life list in the
world beyond her private backyard feeder

Thursday, April 22, 2021

National Poetry Writing Month- Day 22

Grandma's Birthday Lunch

The day before he decided
told his supervisor he was taking the day

Bought a dozen red roses: a statement
she had raised him

Made the near drive down the highway
a ways

Flowers riding beside him
simply asserting their presence 

He surprised her; spent the day with her
she had made it to 88

Family crossed the threshold in out all day
she had raised them

She could have whatever she wanted
for lunch he would cook for her for once

She grinned; requested pie
He didn't think it was the dementia confusing

Celebrating with cherries and roses
a momentous statement

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

National Poetry Writing Month- Day 21

When we come back together, let's compare isolation notes
What we missed the most outside our walls
What we forgot to pack and needed fiercely
When we reconnect. let's braid each others new hair length
Weave bridges to what was and what prevails

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

National Poetry Writing Month- Day 20

Two blackbirds gliding to cedar tree, disappearing behind bough 
Unsteadily, a branch bobs under the weight of their momentum
I continue my sets of abdominal crunch repetitions

Monday, April 19, 2021

National Poetry Writing Month- Day 19

fumbling for a mask
she is twenty yards from us
her fear knows no bounds

Sunday, April 18, 2021

National Poetry Writing Month- Day 18

A Heart For The Appealing

Large, exuberant creatures compel humans to care
so said the conservationist

Tigers and whales and their ilk
exerting power that induces rescuing instincts

We saviors are not tigers and whales
We do not live among the large and exuberant

We are neither tigers nor whales. Not elephants nor rhinos
We do not live among the hippos and lions of this world

We do not conserve the Dodo: large, stupid, disabled
used to settle sailors weary of endless ocean sunsets

Maybe we could learn to love the large and excessive
as well as the tiny and timid if we had a change of heart

Then obsolete and disposable could become evokers of our compassion
as they roar down the street, pine-tree shaped air fresheners flapping

Saturday, April 17, 2021

National Poetry Writing Month- Day 17

 By the Glow of the Gone-To-Seed Weeds

Startled, then shaky laugh when
alien orbs hovering at ground level in
vacant lot's midnight haze revert into 
dandelion puffs imitating the full moon

Friday, April 16, 2021

National Poetry Writing Month- Day 16

Humus

Pleased with the gardening of others
evidence of those who rented before
burying bulbs
planting perennials
tulips, daffodils, ferns, trillium
I could rake around them
pile leaves for curbside removal
I won't because
I prefer to grow soil

Thursday, April 15, 2021

National Poetry Writing Month- Day 15

Sleeping In 

You are warm like snowball cookies
left on the counter to cool
unlike fresh from the over hot
you won't cause powdered sugar to melt

instead of an indistinct glaze
the powder retains its shape
most of it sticking to cookies
some dusting off surfaces

I am the powdered sugar
aligning my body towards warmth
shifting closer gently with a light pressure
drifting off to your side

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

National Poetry Writing Month- Day 14

attending to Now
focus radiates through chest
shoulders ease off ears

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

National Poetry Writing Month- Day 13

boiler vibrating
sounds like something could explode
neighbor's chimes clamor

Monday, April 12, 2021

National Poetry Writing Month- Day 12

racing mind downshifts
loving-kindness settles in
calm proliferates

Sunday, April 11, 2021

National Poetry Writing Month- Day 11

Pollen rained off car
Tree tips sprout tiny pom-poms
Western drought worsens

Saturday, April 10, 2021

National Poetry Writing Month- Day 10

noon siren test blares
warmer weather grows more cells
neighbor plants pansies 

Friday, April 9, 2021

National Poetry Writing Month- Day 9

shedding winter coats
deer streak past neighborhood homes
i layer lightly

Thursday, April 8, 2021

National Poetry Writing Month- Day 8

gravesite depression
mossy headstone sinks sideways
lawn like putting green

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

National Poetry Writing Month- Day 7

priest tending garden
lackadaisical spading
church will soon shutter

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

National Poetry Writing Month- Day 6

black and white backhoe
carrying house to dumpster
abandoned no more 

Monday, April 5, 2021

National Poetry Writing Month- Day 5

wasp walking window
planning her home construction
this H.O.A. frowns

Sunday, April 4, 2021

National Poetry Writing Month- Day 4

 Dad's Big Breakfast

It begins raw
offering of appeasement
sausage, bacon, ham
cheese, eggs, hash
on a picnic table cleared of new snow
cooking on a camp stove
wearing gloves, his black down vest
outside our family tent
June in Yellowstone
we had not anticipated winter

Saturday, April 3, 2021

Friday, April 2, 2021

National Poetry Writing Month- Day 2

 Maundy Thursday, April 1, 2021

"I'm dead," you said as Jesus
matter-of-factly, slightly chipper
like a dieter announcing the loss of another pound
"April Fools!" drawled out to three times its natural length

Your Christ is a bunny, hopping hide-n-seek
in/out of his rock-hewn tomb
My Resurrection is an exclamation point 
marking the end of a torturous sentence

Gratitude for laughing at our dichotomies with me

Thursday, April 1, 2021

National Poetry Writing Month- Day 1

 Light-Headed

sweating side-effects
sensationless injection
swooning over next

Sunday, January 10, 2021

Winter Skylights




winter skylights are
glimpses beneath snowbank's feet
mandelbrots emerge

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Emblematic

Love your special
We’ll order two

baby spinach

hot bacon dressing

hard-boiled eggs

thinly sliced


Your very special

We hunger from you

venison jerky

smoked & spicy

locally sourced

thinly sliced


Take your special

From you very

protein smoothie

frozen berries

fleshy banana

thinly sliced


Now go home

But you have to

We have all

You knifed apart


Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Rime Frost


evening vapor calm

dawn divulges white coral

royal icing trees