Monday, December 31, 2012

a riff on Basho

shaded by azaleas
she bends her back
to shred dried cod

Saturday, December 15, 2012

urban warrior

before the second drop
can fall, an umbrella furls
close quarter drills

Parents of Newtown, CT

their eyes wide open
but their tears cannot flow
parents await the news

Saturday, November 17, 2012

a breeze and memories

a soft breeze tousles
my hair as it passes by
so flirtatiously

Friday, November 16, 2012

Indian summer

Indian summer
of crisp air and bright sunshine
a recessional

Sunday, September 16, 2012

chicken feet

field of chicken feet
untended grass at a churchyard

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Noontime downpour

noontime downpour
my umbrella dry at home
devil in the details

Friday, August 10, 2012

green eyes

green eyes
so mesmerizing
in a summer's night

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

old mill wheel

green waters turn
an old mill wheel
so slowly

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Orange blossoms

southern exposure
a window lets in summer
orange blossom breeze

Friday, July 6, 2012

Gray Fox

a gray fox
a silver moon

Monday, July 2, 2012

indifferent waves

a hard rain falls
on a bottle-green sea
indifferent waves

Monday, June 25, 2012

Optical illusion

Front and hindquarters
Seemingly unattached
Dutch Belted cow

Tuesday, June 19, 2012


line of black ants
crawling up a kitchen wall
so orderly

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

first kiss

night blooming jasmine
its perfume reminders
of a first kiss

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Mount Kaguyama

mist shrouds a mountain
born before there were names

Thursday, May 31, 2012

raindrops fall on
a once smooth pond
such a disturbance

Monday, May 28, 2012

beach day's end

evening sea breeze
with a taste of ocean
end to a beach day
rows of white markers
all at attention
Memorial Day

Monday, May 21, 2012

Mango slices

slices of mango
glisten invitingly
on a chipped plate

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Water spaniel

Paw prints on wet sand
leaving tracks as he races
gamboling spaniel

Saturday, April 21, 2012


last night's leftovers still rumbling so seismically

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Playa Giron -- 17 April 1961

a land crab's claws
hold on so tightly
to a mangrove root

Remembering the brave men of the 2506 Brigade who fought so
valiantly to gain a beachhead and free their homeland, April 17, 1961.


white, foamy seaspray
carries sun and smell
far from a beach

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Bishop Agustin Roman called home

a priest at prayer
his hands hold a rosary

Bishop Agustin Roman
Cuban exile
American bishop
Man of God
Called home 11 April 2012

remembering a brave woman - Julie Bonhoeffer

Just a small basket

filled with early strawberries

carried so proudly

Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer came to his faith and courage genetically. His grandmother, Frau Julie Bonhoeffer, after all defied the Nazis and at age 91 bought strawberries from one of the last Jewish merchants in her hometown. This simple act expressed her solidarity with Jews at a time when their persecution was becoming unbearable.

Friday, March 9, 2012

One year after the Great East Quake

solid earth betrays

the sea rushes to destroy

yet people prevail

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

the Greek crisis and the newly homeless

In front of bronze doors

they huddle against the cold

the newly homeless

Thursday, January 26, 2012

an old lion

his once full mane

bedraggled, matted, thinning

yet his roar remains

Saturday, January 21, 2012

broken teeth/ an old lion

with broken teeth

an old lion tries to gnaw

a bone but cannot

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

light from the Wolf Moon
on newly fallen snow
betrays a field mouse

Wednesday, January 11, 2012


this morning's breakfast
growing cold
the pain of loss

Saturday, January 7, 2012

for Jordan, gone too soon and for his mom

youth's bloom still on him
he leaves this life behind him
while a mother grieves