Category Archives: Poems & Photographs

Mom (for Bethany)

She was the best mom. In hard times, she’d put a Bible under my pillow so words of comfort mingled with my dreams. (Fear not, for I bring you tidings of great joy.)   She never let a stranger-child go … Continue reading

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Migration

Five billion years — we must find a new home. Five billion years  — the earth falls into the sun’s embrace and will not let her go. Our species needs five billion years to burn the dross from our souls, … Continue reading

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Willows

Early March and the willows, brown and gaunt, remember they are beautiful, first in the golden slant of the morning light then soon, from within themselves, the palest green, a hue, innocent somehow, as if hopefulness suffused their limbs and … Continue reading

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Haiku, Japanese Garden

The shrine within me. Dew on the blades of grass shines on my dream lake.   A feather drifts by, aimless wanderer stop here. Oh, it is a moth!   The koi opens his mouth, all the colors of his … Continue reading

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Famine

Even desperate for water in the desert the dead must be washed, every part, to stand before God clean.   Hands bound, feet bound, the child lies on the ground, the skull too big for stick-bones.   Quiet the child, … Continue reading

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Loneliness

One clove of garlic, chopped, sautéed in olive oil, a handful of spinach leaves steamed, rice noodles boiled.   An Arctic freeze settles on the city too dry for snow, the ground frozen and stiff.   A squirrel walks the … Continue reading

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Psalm One

(“I found within me an invincible summer.” Albert Camus )   You have wasted your time, messed up, squandered your money.   You have destroyed your health, & you bristle with blame and resentment.   Listen.  You have the courage. to … Continue reading

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