Category Archives: Poems & Photographs

New life in dying Aleppo

The newborn, screaming, red-faced, held by his feet, upside-down, slapped, pinched into that first cry, his first breath angry, the mother unconscious, gutted on the table, her leg broken, her arm broken, hauled in 9-months pregnant, shrapnel in her belly, the … Continue reading

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Shrine for Don

Crowned “king of the gods” in high school, caped with scepter in hand, a gentle smile, the basketball star in our tiny world, at 21, a lieutenant in Vietnam. Bombs fell on the green villages perimeters strafed and over-run maimed … Continue reading

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Giant Pacific Octopus

If this octopus escapes an open tank, look carefully around, then worry. It can scuttle over land.   Longer than a car, it squeezes  through an orange-size hole.  The beak?  In its crotch or armpit, take your pick.  Ignore the … Continue reading

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A Church Burns

We gather before the burned-out building our aged container of our times together in prayer, sermon, song both in joy and in sorrow.   We have gathered here for years, over generations, taught our children, shared hot-cross buns, coffee, tea, … Continue reading

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Cathédrale de Notre Dame

Ah, Cathédrale de Notre Dame at dawn, in fog, sepulcher white, barely formed, the façade emerges from the mist each statue takes his place above the arches the flying buttresses hold high the nave the solidity of the wooden doors. … Continue reading

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Return Flight

Some people just wait you know, just wait until the door is closing to run up and say, “Wait for me I’m boarding, too!” on that plane to somewhere.   Sitting in the metal tube feeling scared 30,000 feet in … Continue reading

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L’imagination pouvoir.

“No to Vietnam! No to tradition!” In 1968, students barricade Place Maubert tearing up the cobblestones stoning police that march shoulder to shoulder toward them. The students may forget the year 1588, the first revolt and barricades of Paris but … Continue reading

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