Daffodil

Last year around this time I was cranking out some serious poetry. This year it seems I just stare at the screen. That can be quite frustrating. So forgive me if today’s post seems labored, because it somewhat was. However, as is usual, once I get started it seems some goodness always comes from it….

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Outside

Outside Im glad to hear children playing outside Their laughter permeating all walls and barriers Breaking through the barricades Tearing down the bleak tirades Of shortening days and greater distances Greater distances that must be spanned With great tenacity, greater veracity All contained within the sounds of children laughing   I place my head on…

Choices

Choices Too many choices now I could spend the rest of my days Searching for everything that is nothing Toys, games, vacations, wares Clothes, phones, mutual fund shares I don’t even have to get up from the couch I can sit here like a leather slouch Consuming all that comes into my orbits Yet there…

Upturned

Upturned Overwhelmed I cannot tell if it is evil I cannot tell if it is good It might even be both Just being tossed heels over head Is this life or is this death? Who can tell in these deep, cold waters? Or maybe all of this tumult Is a sign I am almost to…

Significant

Significant It’s quiet here But life is noisy The real world is full of noise and chaos So why do I like the silence so much? What is it here that makes me feel alive? Out there in the bustle I am a loner, a misfit The flashing screens make my brain repulse The noise,…