Sunday, December 25, 2011


slow falling snow
lightly dusts an empty field
with winter

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Clear Lake -- miso soup

clear lake enclosed
entirely within
a bowl of miso

Sunday, November 13, 2011

curled, dry leaves

crunch of curled, dry leaves
on a walkway that morning
after the time change

Monday, October 24, 2011

Mole Day (Oct. 23)

his number measures
mass of everything
avocados, too

Many a middle school teacher has heard reference to an "Avocado's number."

Saturday, October 22, 2011

shooting stars leave trails
to destinations unknown
Godspeed, travelers

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Mud dauber wasps

little gray condos
under a window sill
wasps' pied-à-terre

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Silver dollar moon

Silver dollar moon
over a clear, still lake
fall evening

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Her final journey

she readies herself
for her final journey
with faith her compass

Thursday, October 6, 2011

skipper butterfly, first flight

its wings flutter
as it makes its first flight
flashes of bright blue

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Florida executes Manuel Valle 28 Sept. 2011

his gaunt, old body
strapped to a gurney waiting
for a lethal dose

Monday, September 26, 2011


Rosary held
by hands once smooth now gnarled
promises kept

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

skate key

rusty skate key
found in a crowded attic
bruised knee memories

Monday, September 19, 2011

lost symphonies

faded ticket stub
found in an old coat's pocket
lost symphonies

Sunday, September 11, 2011

9/11 shadows

Bright autumn morning
bluest of skies overhead
then two dark shadows

Friday, September 9, 2011

Tuesday morning, 9/11/2001

Ordinary morning
bluest of skies, crisp, clear air
until the shadows

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

City Blackbirds

umbrellas take flight
on a windy afternoon
so many blackbirds

Friday, August 26, 2011

Number 2 pencils

Number 2 pencils
small hands hold them so tightly
while they bubble in

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Hiroshima survivor

burns cover her face
dirt, blood, and tears stain her dress
she holds a riceball

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Murder of the Romanov Grand Duchesses

that July morning
each clinging to each other
sisters to the end

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

El Greco's Penitent Magdalene

her sorrowful eyes
remain fixed on her Master's
no words are needed

Tuesday, July 12, 2011


another raindrop
finds its way down my t-shirt
refreshing tingle

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

dairy illusion

front and hindquarters
seemingly unattached
Dutch Belted cow

Friday, June 24, 2011

Pigs at a trough

jowls to jowls they crowd
pigs along a feeding trough
glint of sharp knives

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Castle under siege

Castle under siege
by a determined foe
the rising tide

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Commencement Day

his rough hands hold hers
no words are said or needed
commencement day

for all the grandparents, parents, aunts and uncles whose smiles speak volumes
at graduation ceremonies throughout the land

Remembering Kent State, May 4 1970

that spring day
the flowers have long faded
yet we remember

reflection on the mirror

the mirror reflects
a face I know so well

Friday, April 29, 2011


perched on a guardrail
of a busy highway
an egret preems

Sunday, April 24, 2011

"Noli me Tangere" -- the first Easter

Her tear-moistened eyes
look at his gentle face
no words are needed

Christ is Risen!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

in memory of two heroes - Gagarin and Komarov

life everlasting
uniting two brothers
Yuri and Vladimir

Gagarin's Flight

Too young to know fear
he becomes impatient --
"let's go." -- Gagarin

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Death steals a young life in Rio

Her math assignment
only with few erasures
now stained with her blood

Teilhard de Chardin

reaching for heaven
as both priest and scholar
Teilhard's convergence

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Lost Umbrellas

My lost umbrella
joins all the others misplaced
by careless owners

Sunday, March 27, 2011


Under a spring moon
sailboats riding at anchor
that early morning

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Morning stillness

Morning stillness
under a bright, spring moon
a small lake shimmers

first dawn of spring

first dawn of spring
horizon blushes pink
I resume my walk

spring moon

sheltering waters
reflect the spring moon
to the shore

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

pink bear cub rescued, Japan

A pink bear cub ?
her cries attract rescuers
caution: she's hungry

a four month old baby girl was found by rescuers. When found, she looked just fine; cute as button in her pink bear cub pjs.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Salty tears

salty tears return
to the sea
our tired, dry eyes


flutter of butterflies
clang of temple bells

Friday, March 11, 2011

Japan Quake

the ground gives way
and sea rushes in

bloody feathers

bloody feathers
found in a small clump
owl's work

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Vuelta al parque

Parasols in hand
they take their walks

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Winter's Grip

no forcing spring from
winter's grip this time
sleet, cold rain, and snow

Friday, March 4, 2011

Bessie Smith

I ain't good lookin'
-- so Bessie once said
angel child of blues

Spring flowers

Early spring flowers
of their poetry

Urban spring

Cracks on a sidewalk
hidden by trash, grass and weeds
urban spring

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Passing of baseball royalty

Of Brooklyn's peerage
the heart of the order
Duke Snider

Friday, February 25, 2011

Mare Crisium

Fountain pen ink spill
not contained by a blotter
Mare Crisium

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Christchurch, NZ

Under the rubble
a pram's wheels, a torn blanket
nothing more

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Bring a plate to Kiwis!

Good on you, mates
the quake leaves you bloody
but unbowed

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Rafters on the Florida Straits

on old inner tubes
they cling -- barely
a wide, wide sea

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Malcolm Little - Malcolm X - El Hajj Malik El Shabazz, American

Salaam, Malcolm
your walk ended too soon
the road calls

from a past war (any war)

Wet snow falls slowly
on a young deserter who
shivers and cries softly

Monday, February 7, 2011

One last tango

Fragrance of mothballs
On a rusty black suit pressed
For one last tango

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Denounce human trafficking especially that which preys on children

Mascara can't hide
her eyes of a child
from circling hawks

too many nations still have failed to comply with the United Nations' Protocol to Prevent, Suppress, and Punish Trafficking in Persons. often the victims are children still in grade school.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Morning tea

Roiling green froth
about to spill over
-- my morning tea

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Solidarity with right over might -- God bless the people of Egypt

Whips in hand they charge
-- lashing at the crowds
who hold their ground

Friday, January 28, 2011

A young victim at Moscow Airport

she is done crying
now she slowly rocks herself
her wide open eyes

Evening toast

Lengthening shadows
day gives up -- reluctantly
we toast the evening

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Moscow airport bombing victim

rivulets of red
running down her pale young face
she clutches a doll

Monday, January 24, 2011

Viva Vivaldi!

two in honor of the "red priest", Anna Giro, and the wayward girls from Ospedale
della Pietà

a bit of springtime
cheers him in January
his thoughts of Anna

Risque Vivaldi
his girls with their mandolins
trouble the censors

Friday, January 14, 2011

in honor of Jan. 20, 1961 -- JFK's Inaugural

An old poet reads
words held in his memory
that bright, cold noonday

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

spider's web

a spider's new web
glistening with morning dew
and stuck in my hair

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Blackbird rain

New Year's sky darkens
five thousand blackbirds raining
on shocked onlookers