Turn Aside (again)

In a year where I am convinced a major theme for me is “Rest and Restoration” I have had some crazy, crazy days. So much so I haven’t written much at all. So the other day I am heading in for another busy day, and….well…I’ll let the poem tell you the rest. Turn Aside I…

Eighteen Theme

I hadn’t written any poetry yet for 2018, but today it simply began to flow and I just went with it. I think the theme of 2018 is going to be rest and restoration, and what brings that about is beauty and joy and delight. So, I hope that this piece will get your year…

In the Sunshine

In the Sunshine I love life I love the green in it I love the peace in it The quiet The turmoil The dust   I love renewal But it takes a death A turning A burial A yearning   A burning In a fire that never sleeps   I love geometry The lines The…

Meander

Meander Don’t assume that everyone is as unfulfilled as you are Don’t think that normal is your own Don’t believe that every wish upon a star Or every seed that’s sown Becomes the thing you saw it to be Sometimes it’s more Sometimes it’s naught Sometimes a drought Sometimes a draught   However things turn…

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…