The Parable

Today I was enjoying one of the great benefits of living in California:  just staying outside all afternoon in the 70 degree sunshine with it only two weeks from Christmas Eve. I was watching the sunset colors move along the mountains of Lassen Volcanic National Park and this poem just came to me. Hope you…

The Unknown

The Unknown I stand ready for battle Staring at the blank screen before me My mouth agape Ready to fire forth the arrows galore Yet all I see is rain and mist and haze I don’t feel or know the Gatekeepers gaze So all I know is quiet and dust Where do I find the…

Listening to the Wind

I’m pulling one out of the archives today. I wrote this 5 years ago, but came across it today and thought, “I think I’ll post this one.” The photo is a sunset we had here in Northern California a couple of days ago. We’ve had some of the most amazing sunsets here recently. We don’t…

Into the Depths

Into the Depths I have dived into an ocean Now I realize I’ve gone so deep I don’t know where I am The only thing I thought I could do to save myself Is see where the light is coming from Then simply return to the surface But now, where I am, there is light…

Monolith

Monolith Running laps around the carousel Blitzing at American Dream speed No time to think of why Just churn out numbers until I die I run straight smack into a monolith It suddenly appeared right in my way So massive, so resolute So beautiful I hit so hard my mind just stopped cold I feared…

The Hope

The Hope Poetry shouldn’t be forced I’m not sure anything good comes from coercion I’m so impeded, the words won’t come They are there in my mind, in my soul Yet there is this dark blockade Anger, fatigue, self-doubt, irritation, impatience These are the bricks in the wall   I so often wait around for…

The Way

The Way I can feel the poems within me Growing, moving, churning Not yet ready to see the light Yet building the light within me greatly Sometimes I feel volcanic, ready to burst asunder Sometimes there’s simply quiet, undercurrent Moving the continents One millimeter at a time These senses are so subtle, sublime Yet also…

Upriver

Upstream I do not like walking around my neighborhood It reminds me of how far I have not come I never imagined my life to be this way I lived the life of academic success, Hard work Be kind to everyone   Where am I? Not where I was told I would be   Or…

Embrace

Embrace I am not your savior for the day Nor am I an expert in anything All of these experts I hear the future laughing at them “Those thoughts are ridiculous! Everyone knows that isn’t so!” I just don’t want to be there I don’t want to be in that group Known for not just…

Autumn (Change)

Autumn An introverted poet Often it is an inanimate life Filled with avoidance Loneliness Introspection Questions Doubts   People seem more like interruptions Than the gifts they truly are I can sit all night and wish upon a star Yet if there is no one else to share it with What does it ever really…

Petting Pixie

Petting Pixie When one can write about everything It can be hard to write about anything I could write about penguins and naps I could talk about brie cheese or traps There could be all sorts of adventuresome meanderings Or I could simply sit here and pet the dachshund Otherwise she would go on one…

The Day After the Best Day

  The Day After the Best Day It’s funny how I want certain days to linger Almost drowning in all of the goodness Exhausted from the fun Yet, a night of sleeping later I awake to a sense that all of that is now a memory There is stillness in the now Unknowing in the…