Saturday, April 27, 2013

losing dreams

sleepless again
no matter how I lie
I still lose dreams

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

uneventful day

uneventful day
the dog nuzzles a wasp
on the sill

Thursday, April 18, 2013

deliciously red - a tanka

her kiss
the season's
first strawberry
deliciously red


This is reminiscent of a poem
I had published in the Feb. 2012 issue of
The Red River Review entitled

"The Strawberry Patch"

She moves warily through the strawberry patch,
an eye for the season's first reward of deep red,
payment for years of careful tending, fertilizing,
covering in the cold months, watering in the hot.
In the strawberry patch she finds her serenity,
a peace spreading beneath the warm sun, with
sparrows voicing approval from nearby bushes,
Monet clouds gliding leisurely in the cerulean sky,
and honey bees darting from one strawberry flower
to the next. And upon finding the first berry
the woman dutifully offers it to the old man nearby,
who smiles in his love for her, knowing she's
generous enough to offer, but hopes he'll decline.
Mature love is like that, he thinks to himself,
as their kind of love will always offer the first
of everything, or the last of everything, for his
weakness is the last piece of strawberry pie, but
knowing because of love each in turn will defer.
This is how he would choose to remember her,
this beautiful woman who's been by his side,
the smile on her face as she savors the early
berry, licking her lips as if she had just eaten
a mouthful, all the while the breeze fluffs
her white hair and her blue eyes echo the sky.
Yes, he thinks, this is how it should always be.


for Makensie - a haiga

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

clematis ladder - haiku

first light
song sparrows scale
the clematis ladder

Published in Notes from the Gean
No. 3, December 2009

Saturday, April 13, 2013

gritty wait - haiku

styrofoam coffee
gritty wait for my wife's
medical exam

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Published in Haigaonline
vol 12 issue 7, Dec. 2011

Monday, April 8, 2013

barreling south

Published in Haigaonline
vol 12 issue 7, Dec. 2011

Friday, April 5, 2013

Published in Haigaonline
vol 12 issue 7, Dec. 2011

Monday, April 1, 2013

Slepless in Idaho

another slepless night
the keyboard
misspells "sleepless"