Getting Blackberries

(July 30, 2020) Picking blackberries a lovely form of Zen practice the ones you see first – bright red – are not the ones you want their black edible sisters hide modestly among...

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NEOWISE

(July 23, 2020) A faithless comet promised luck To Bonaparte's far-reaching eye. The wavering Creeks watched, thunderstruck, Tecumseh, pointing to the sky. Pantribalism! Slavs undone! The comet passed behind the sun. In his...

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NEOWISE Comet

(July 23, 2020) Months of Pandemic And now this Comet, Beneath the Big Dipper. One faint light stroke Is apparently moving Nowhere in particular. Billions of Stars Appear indifferent, As my mind races....

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Shively in July

(July 16, 2020) Pepperwood dust hung in sausage curls by the long, sweet face of the river. We ate Co-op bread from paper sacks as our bare feet thrummed nature's anthem, accompanied by...

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On the roof next-door

(July 2, 2020) From the roof comes boyish laughter! How cool to be there in the blue with an elevated view, a solid job and good pay after. I see them resting on...

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A Morning in June

(June 25, 2020) This morning I came down the stairs put water on to boil for tea opened the door to get the paper first breath of a new day and there at...

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Defining Times

(June 18, 2020) While sprouts break Dark fertile soils and Fruit grows daily On the tree tops, We all wait patiently In these times where Endless blue skies cry For something more......

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Of Course I Care

(June 11, 2020) Of course I care But my kid's ADHD And my mom has Alzheimer's Of course I care I'm working 60 hours a week Where's the time? Of course I care...

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Enough Has Been Enough

(June 4, 2020) You say with good intention the rioting doesn't make sense But the expressions of anger are a form of self-defense Floyd, Arbery, Martin, Garner, McDonald and Bland Just a fraction...

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Swainson's Return

(May 21, 2020) In mid-May: A passing rain opens the day. Finally, on cue, the evening sun, Casts colored light across the tops of trees, And peers through the kitchen window, Suddenly...

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The Hour of the Wolves

(May 14, 2020) A chill a ululation one howl and then another like a wounded animal like a caged animal breaking free in voice calling out across the neighborhood lighting the city at...

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Libations to Hubris

(May 7, 2020) Barkeep, pour me a stiff one, will ya? a climate-changer on the rocks, a big hunk of ancient ice, if ya' got it; want to watch it melt. Thanks for...

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Without a Doubt

(April 30, 2020) Swallows dart about Apparently together But never quite in sync, Changing course In a heartbeat for No apparent reason, Which always Seems to work. Kirk Gothier...

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No Need For Company

(April 23, 2020) Enjoying my own company Sharing space with just one friend, Who lovingly lays next to me from morning til day's end. No need to entertain her she's content without the...

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Atonement

(April 16, 2020) The rain and the burning sun entwine; and what becomes of water and fire but spirit-lifting mists,  vaporous and lovely, rising like a host at the height of prayer. True,...

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  • Re: Having been discharged from Hell

    • Naomi, I just chanced upon your poem searching past NCJ poetry. You caught this (past)…

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