Category Archives: Poetry

A Song for You

If your life is a leaf that the seasons tear off and condemn, they will bind you with love that is graceful and green as a stem. Who, on reading or listening to those words from Leonard Cohen’s Sisters of Mercy, … Continue reading

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Forgetting

Long swaths of my life have gone missing, experiences unremembered in my rush to attend to the next exuberant undertaking that will join the other forgotten ones in the chase toward the unwanted end. Do we all fail to give sufficient attention … Continue reading

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Our Own Collective

A poet would know how to craft words that sooth the soul after a crushing defeat. A poet would possess the unique ability to plumb the depths of our depression for something magical and healing, a precious kernel of knowledge … Continue reading

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It Is My Nature

It is my nature to be as hard on myself as I am on others, as roughshod as my callousness will allow; and my callousness will allow copious roughshod judgment before it softens around the edges and attempts a too-little and … Continue reading

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Generations Hence

Sprained egos drag themselves over self-made walls, edging ever closer to places where fences never kept courage at bay, but tried. Certainty, in dire need of atonement, spills into pools of doubt, as time erodes the barricades built of false … Continue reading

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Photograph

The boy I was, looking earnestly into the camera, could not have known his passion would melt, after a thousand defeats, into painful indifference. That hopeful lad, barely in his twenties, knew nothing of failure. He believed intellect could take him … Continue reading

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Broken

Redemption is a fallacy, a wish without reality. Mistakes are not corrected, they’re simply patched and painted. Atonement comes through action, if it ever comes at all, penance is a token, a souvenir of all that’s wrong. Forgiveness is just … Continue reading

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That Little Piece of Serenity

That little piece of serenity you think you hide from view in the privacy of your own brain, that little kingdom over which you believe only you hold everlasting dominion, broadcasts through your eyes, its secret spilling into the air, … Continue reading

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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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