Winter Residents Return

(October 17, 2019) Forty black brant in league with the moon dropped from the evening to the bay. We did not dive in to the gold night sea, the dog and I. Monte...

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Tiananmen, LLC

(October 11, 2019) People's Liberation Army             soldiers             corrected             turbulence on June 4, 1989 at the Square of Heavenly Peace                                     rewarded with                                     commemorative                                     wristwatches from the emperor. The chum                         under treads on red pavement...

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In Praise of Tiny Tomatoes

(September 26, 2019) Resting on my kitchen counter Lies a nest of ruby red tiny tomatoes Each complete in its skin Their size this summer out-selling the more robust ones. All the markets'...

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Fall Fly

(September 19, 2019) Fall fly, you poor immobile beast, cool weather has clipped your wings. No darting, no buzzing like before; just a quiet hanging out, life in the fast lane reduced to...

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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Doggerel

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,...

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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......

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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