An Arcata Blessing

(September 12, 2019) A blessing on your contrasts, Arcata-- baseball caps and dreadlocks, bicyclists and bikers, Budweiser 12-packs vying to outnumber Downtown Browns. Nuclear free zone where a 100 foot American flag waves...

Read On >

Song Village 8/18/2019

(September 5, 2019) On a socked-in foggy day A group of singers gathered Choosing songs, one by one Voices blending, layered. Celtic, pop, traditional Melodic pleas for peace The fourteenth century's John Ball...

Read On >

Heard on the Deck, 5 a.m.

(August 29, 2019) From our silent little home between the sea and the bay We hear the waves; we almost hear the spray A light mist comes around to drizzle and drip Nearby,...

Read On >


Or Impudence, Thy Name Is Terrier

(August 15, 2019) (For Shaggy) He wasn't big and he wasn't small. He lived to eat and to chase his ball. His raison d'etre: Fun, fun fun. His single speed was run, run,...

Read On >

See-Saws On the Border

(August 8, 2019) Fortunately, We all still care About the children, On both sides of the walls We build between each other......

Read On >

At Butcher Slough

Arcata Marsh & Wildlife Sanctuary

(July 25, 2019) No ducks ply the slough, no great egrets glide. Wrung out clouds pattern the marsh in light ink. Air as crisp as cave-cooled watermelon. Silence ambushes me in this quiet...

Read On >

Clam Beach Hike

(July 18, 2019) Beautiful walk along Clam Beach shore Scampered over dunes and grass and more Driftwood wet upon the sand Placed there gently by ocean's hand A misty day, no sun is...

Read On >

Swimmers: Seen from the Opposite Bank of the Mattole

(July 11, 2019) No longer willowy, taut and bronzed, perhaps faintly recalling their golden youth, they are pale fleshed; their yellowed skin contrasts with the scintillant, deep green river. They are round, dimpled...

Read On >

New Shades of Summer – A Retrospective on the Life of June

(July 4, 2019) How we were drawn into this light, Released from bedtime curfews, And freed from morning's grasp: Those signatories of winter With their dark ink now all blurred and faded. In...

Read On >

Ok. I am ok.

(June 27, 2019) Wondering when the other shoe will drop. The hammer will fall Wondering while my chicken cooks with rice Why others need a dime. A quart of milk. Ok. I am...

Read On >

The Big Dipper

(June 20, 2019) Dangles above the coastline Where countless stars and waves Welcome me home. One of these stars Is extremely rare Having immigrated From a Dwarf Galaxy Far, far away ... All...

Read On >

Cabaret Plays in Eureka

(June 13, 2019) Eureka's sky does ominous so well! The unswerving day makes orderly retreat Down C Street, where mean hubcaps cast a spell From 101, subwoofers on the beat. Around the world...

Read On >

The Aging Entomologist

(June 6, 2019) Dedicated to my friend Tony Humbugs Westkamper and his lovely wife Hadassah The aging entomologist won his fair lady             not with blandishments of  youth –                         dancing,                                     archery,                                                 bumpers of beer,                                                             dark-side...

Read On >


(May 30, 2019) Is not an equation Waiting for resolution. It is the Sun rising Chasing darkness Into the corners Of mindfulness, Letting Go......

Read On >

Raggedy Rainbow

(May 23, 2019) My colors aren't quite shining, on this dim lit day. I'm usually pinks and purples, now I'm just plain grey. People see right through me, although I shine quite bright....

Read On >

The Big Dipper

(May 16, 2019) Dangles above the coastline Where countless stars and waves Welcome me home. One of these stars Is extremely rare Having immigrated From a Dwarf Galaxy Far, far away… All...

Read On >


Recent Comments">

  • Re: An Arcata Blessing

    • Nice one. Fits the city so well and I love the last line.

    • on September 12, 2019

the most

Read | Commented


Facebook | Twitter

© 2019 North Coast Journal

Website powered by Foundation