December 27, 2015

hei      ghts
of
fear
ing
grow
this
dow
win
my
to
walk
side
the
from


Bones 8

December 20, 2015

a gust
through the windsock
morning chill


brass bell, Nov 2015

December 13, 2015

drifting
through the bug screen
cricket song


Under the Basho, 2015

December 06, 2015

silently
she hangs up
my shirt


Prune Juice, Nov. 2015

November 29, 2015

spaghetti dinner
I watch her twirl
her hair


brass bell, Nov 2015

November 22, 2015

wilderness trail
he wanders off the edge
of his map


Frogpond 38.3

November 15, 2015

butterfly effect
the children stop
to watch


Frogpond 38.2

November 08, 2015

without
a word to anyone
self check-out


cattails, Sep 2015

November 01, 2015

with just enough s
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                                c h a n g e
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Sonic Boom 3

October 26, 2015

drifting
between lanes
night fog


cattails Sep 2015, Editor's Choice

October 19, 2015

new moon
my skipping stone
sinks


The Bamboo Hut, Sep 2015

October 12, 2015

breaking at the surface his moment as a fish


A Hundred Gourds, Sep 2015

October 05, 2015

no breeze
to turn the pinwheel
summer heat


cattails Sep 2015

September 28, 2015

at
the
summit
the
depth
of
my
breath


Bamboo Hut, Sep 2015

September 25, 2015

she pulls the end
of the ribbon
releasing the nothing
that gave her
bow its shape


Bright Stars 5

September 24, 2015

we vandalize
the walls
between us
with the graffiti
of another fight


Bright Stars 3

September 23, 2015

smudged
across my fingers
the ink I thought
would become
my best poem

September 21, 2015

wolf moon
the growl of a muscle car
long after dark


Bamboo Hut, Sep 2015

September 20, 2015

cajun night
the heat of her
french kiss


hedgerow 38

September 19, 2015

the way
she carries another
man's scent
I'm still unaccustomed
to my new deodorant


Bright Stars 6

September 18, 2015

deeper
than the stream
the tree's reflection


Bamboo Hut, Sep 2015

September 17, 2015

spring concert
the trumpet lilies
pianissimo


Bamboo Hut, Sep 2015

September 16, 2015

morning dew
the jogger's face
glistens with sweat


Bamboo Hut, Sep 2015

September 15, 2015

I stand my ground
against the wasp
feigning the courage
I want
my kids to learn


Skylark Tanka, Winter 2014

September 14, 2015

in a day
wrinkled with anxiety
the only thing
I ironed out
was my pants


Bamboo Hut, January 2014

September 13, 2015

older now
than his father
river birch


Bamboo Hut, Sep 2015

September 12, 2015

open window
a loose leaf flutters
under my pen


hedgerow 40

September 10, 2015

cricket song
I turn to speak in
Dad's good ear


hedgerow 39

September 09, 2015

disappearing into my reflection and I jump


Under the Basho 2015

September 08, 2015

however still
I stand my shadow
rises and falls
with the ripples of
the lake


Bright Stars 4

September 06, 2015

summer dawn
crawling over the hill
dandelions


hedgerow 39

September 04, 2015

behind trees
folded like hands
no one suspected
the forest
was bluffing


Vine Leaves 12

August 28, 2015

appearing at
the edge of the city
mountains
hundreds of
miles away


Atlas Poetica 21

August 26, 2015

electric guitar
every mistake
amplified


Gems Anthology 2014

August 25, 2015

wiping its droppings
off my sleeve
there's only
one way I'm
looking at a blackbird


Atlas Poetica 20

August 24, 2015

floating in the oil slick as a rainbow trout


Under the Basho 2015

August 23, 2015

he can't hit
the opening pitch
national anthem


Gems Anthology 2014

August 22, 2015

8 Foot

Sweat drips in my eyes.  In rainbows I see the arch of a jump shot but I wait.  Patient.  I didn't come to win but to kick the kid's ass.  Faking the shot he expects I drive hard to the basket.


summer solstice
I slam dunk on
an 8 foot rim


the other bunny, 2015

August 21, 2015

embracing
me a moment
the river
now flowing
downstream


Bamboo Hut, May 2015

August 20, 2015

exercise bike
the damned thing
just sits there


cattails Jan 2015

August 19, 2015

budding with the promise of privacy trees


Bones 7

August 16, 2015

divided highway
we don't speak
for hours


Gems Anthology 2014

August 13, 2015

reaching to grasp
a piece of sky
to have it blow
like air
through my fingers

August 12, 2015

edging the starlight the mountain's silhouette


hedgerow 38

August 10, 2015

smaller
in her sunglasses
my confidence


cattails May 2015

August 09, 2015

he looks at me
like I'm from another
planet -
in his headphones
Bruno Mars


Undertow 6

August 08, 2015

ripples on
the pond
small talk


tinywords 14.1

August 07, 2015

light snow
she brushes off
my opinion


brass bell, Dec 2014

August 06, 2015

she paints
her toenails black
new moon


hedgerow

August 05, 2015

I curse
the unexpected rain
forgetting
the sprinkler
left on in the yard


Bamboo Hut, volume 2, issue 1

August 04, 2015

idling
on the driveway
my anger


tinywords 15.1

August 03, 2015

buddhist monk
no attachment
to his e-mail


Gems Anthology 2014

August 02, 2015

driving home
with one headlight
evening sun


Gems Anthology 2014

August 01, 2015

having outgrown
the backyard
play set
only the wind now
riding the swings


Bright Stars 5

July 31, 2015

run down
by a passing car
again
my shadow
leans into traffic

July 30, 2015

fading mist
the drizzle of sugar
into my tea


cattails, May 2015

July 29, 2015

the weight I swore
I'd never gain again
full moon


A Hundred Gourds, Mar 2015

July 28, 2015


a wallet full
of club card points
I count
the riches
I haven't yet redeemed


Bamboo Hut, Volume 2, issue 1

July 27, 2015

taking
the shape of the wind
her hair


Frogpond 38.2

July 25, 2015

into the puddle
without a splash
moonlight


hedgerow 30

July 23, 2015

bent over
too many steps
my shadow


A Hundred Gourds, June 2015

July 22, 2015

the robin dips
below the fence
sunset


hedgerow 24

July 21, 2015

punching
through the target
shadow boxer


A Hundred Gourds, Dec 2014

July 20, 2015

at the end
of a long night
of blues
Lucille still
whispering in my ear

- for B.B. King


Undertow 6

July 19, 2015

sandcastle
I empty my bucket
list


Prune Juice, Mar 2015

July 18, 2015

feeling
his sadness spread
blues jam


Prune Juice, Nov 2014

July 16, 2015

irish pub
our accents
grow thicker


tinywords 14.2

July 15, 2015

the length
of my headlights
country road


hedgerow 30

July 14, 2015

his
excuse
grows
thin
mountain
air


A Hundred Gourds, June 2015


July 12, 2015

children's zoo
the first exhibit
my kids


cattails Jan 2015, Editor's Choice

July 11, 2015

enduring
as the falling
rain
her masterpiece
in sidewalk chalk


Undertow 5

July 10, 2015

only my
imagination stirs
night winds


cattails, Jan 2015

July 09, 2015

unable to shake
last night's dream
day moon

July 08, 2015

all I caught
was the bush behind me
and the ire
of my father snipping
down another hook


Bright Stars 3

July 07, 2015

idling
on the driveway
my anger


divided highway
we don't speak
for hours


no where
else to go
guilt trip


driving home
with one headlight
evening sun


lemon gin
the sun sets
earlier today

July 04, 2015

smudged
across my fingers
the ink I thought
would become
my best poem

*

I stand my ground
against the wasp
feigning
the courage I want
my kids to learn

*

the way
she carries another
man's scent
I'm still unaccustomed
to my new deodorant

*

the reflection
from the puddle
I stepped in
was carried away
through a hole in my boot

*

each snowflake
melts in my hand
but I can't
catch enough to
keep my sidewalk clean
smaller
in her sunglasses
my confidence

*

exercise bike
the damned thing
just sits there

*

lemon gin
the sun sets
earlier today

*

sandcastle
I empty my bucket
list

*

buddhist monk
no attachment
to his e-mail