Category Archives: Poetry

Struggle Against the Wind

I struggle against the wind on the desolate beach, wet sand caressing my feet, as slivers of broken silica, progeny of crystalline boulders a million years old, compete with water and seashells for their place on the planet, offering my bare toes … Continue reading

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Reflections

I scan the dark horizon for signs of morning. But the low-hanging clouds, pulsing against a backdrop of distant lightning, reveal mourning instead, solemn displays of contrition too late in coming to a night too painful to remember, yet too fresh … Continue reading

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FIshing for Something

The colors of cucumbers, tomatoes, pickles, radishes, and kipper snacks—bathed in piquante green and red sauces—blend in a way that soothes my mind. Though most of the colors are not in the least muted, they join together in a pacific … Continue reading

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Two Poems

I don’t recall precisely when I wrote the following poems, but I remember the emotions that underpinned their writing. They are as fresh when I read them now as the days I wrote them. That is what poetry does for the writer; … Continue reading

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When We Do Not Exist

It would help if we would rely more on our reason than our wishes. It would help if we recognized fantasy for what it is. It would help if we recognized our failings and owned up to our flaws. It … Continue reading

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Weapons

A friend suffers through a divorce made worse by good old boy judges and an ex-husband’s wealth used as a weapon, a cudgel that could just as easily break her jaw as her heart. I am in loathe with my … Continue reading

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Inquisition

Lift that curtain of certainty to reveal a veil of doubt, a sheer screen that exposes naked pretensions of truth. Struggle through a choking web of counterfeit explanations, concealing honest skepticism behind a mountain of lies. Peel back layers of … Continue reading

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Captive

Poem #18 of the 30/30 challenge for Poetry Month Starving for color. Everything in sight is beige and grey. Every stone, every plowed field, every damn stretch of highway is a wretched monotone, devoid of color. God, I’m starving for … Continue reading

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On Politics

Poem #17 of the 30/30 challenge for Poetry Month The sound I hear when chew a piece of raw celery catches my attention and makes me think about noise and its uncanny ability to distract one’s attention from what matters … Continue reading

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So, I Forgot

Yeah, I was going to post all my poems, as I wrote them, here. Well, someone goofed. That notwithstanding, here are the recent ones commanding my attention. Here are #13 through #16: Poem #13 of the 30/30 challenge for Poetry … Continue reading

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The Words I Write

Sometimes I look at myself in the words I write and wonder how I came to be the way I am, how anger transformed into an active volcano, how compassion blossomed into an embrace of the downtrodden. I read the … Continue reading

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Volpice Firepickle

Volpice Firepickle lived on a ranch, climbed up a tree, crawled out on a branch, he fell right down, dropped on his keister, and then he called out “Please help me, Meester.” Said, “I’m Volpice, Volpice, and I’m in a … Continue reading

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Chimeras

Poem #10 of the 30/30 challenge for Poetry Month (April 10) Chimeras Chimeras steal my imagination and take it on terrifying rides at night through dangerous territory, making me wonder whether the horrors are real or whether I’m just undeniably … Continue reading

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Loom

Poem #9 of the 30/30 challenge for Poetry Month (April 9) Loom Light seeps upward from a dark horizon, hiding last night’s darkness with a swelling sphere, a gradual pink and orange glow. The sounds of birds, celebrating survival through … Continue reading

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Penury

Poem #8 of the 30/30 challenge for Poetry Month Penury Poverty slams doors and binds them shut with shackles purchased with the fruits of avarice, thick ribbons of greed sewn from raw hubris and cold conceit. Devoid of the fibers … Continue reading

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April Haiku 2

Poem #7 of the 30/30 challenge for Poetry Month (April 7) April Haiku 2 Shards of brittle sand sear like hot needles in flight in the desert air.

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April Haiku 1

Poem #6 of the 30/30 challenge for Poetry Month. (April 6) April Haiku 1 day breaks roosters crow light leaks from the morning sky dawn awakens us

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Leaning into the Wind

Poem #5 of the 30/30 challenge for Poetry Month. (April 5) Leaning into the Wind I sat in the café at the marina, watching him make his way to the place they keep fishing boats. Bent forward like a man … Continue reading

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Heathen Saint

Poem #4 of the 30/30 challenge, National Poetry Month Heathen Saint What of a heathen saint, a woman whose actions lack covert motives, a guardian of goodness, a paladin of such purity even snow cringes at the comparison? She was … Continue reading

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Spectrum of Sky

Poem #3 of the 30/30 challenge, National Poetry Month. (April 3) Spectrum of Sky Early in the morning, long before dawn, the sky begins its trek across the spectrum. First, a jet black palette crawls beneath stars, flushing into charcoal … Continue reading

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Lost Years

I posted my first National Poetry Month 30/30 poem on April 1, but I’ve posted the the other eight to date only on Facebook. That is an abomination, so I’m posting days 2 through 8 here. I’ll add others as I … Continue reading

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Translucence

The man was translucent, as if he were a veil, a fabric shadow cast by a bright light revealing every curve, every imperfection, every hideous flaw behind his diaphanous mask. He was an odd old man, a caricature of himself. … Continue reading

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Venom

If hate were a water moccasin, you’d be dead by now. Its venom would have siphoned the life out of you, spilling your rage in a torrent of thinned blood. But hate’s not a water moccasin, so you’re still alive, if … Continue reading

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Valentine’s Day Demise

A little post-Valentine’s Day whimsical satire… ‘Twas the day after V-Day, smelling chocolate and honey. Most wallets were empty, yet we kept spending money. Credit cards maxed out, with creditors waiting, to be paid with our gluttony and our bad … Continue reading

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Foreign to the Fields

I stop my car by the side of the distant, desolate black top highway, a road with little purpose but for farmers to reach their fields; long-dried tracks of tractor tire mud offer evidence of the reason for the road. … Continue reading

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