Walking the Marsh

(December 13, 2018) An ancient redwood barn</p> Leans in all directions</p> As we begin to talk</p> Of the inexplicable:</p> Where we are,</p> How we got here,</p> When these geese</p> Found their way,</p> Why...

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Distress

(December 6, 2018) (For Suzanne) I drove by your home today Your flag out front appeared amiss "Erika, the Red" still in the driveway Was the flag a sign of some distress? Perhaps...

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Paradise

(November 29, 2018) For Rick Park, in memoriam: a vilanelle The Earth looks on with burning eyes As into chaos, death and dark Her children break from Paradise While hungry planes transect the...

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Eucalypts Over the Water

(November 22, 2018) They're not from this place The Eucalyptus trees spearing the sky Their naked trunks below near gleaming in the morning sun Massive branches and leaves darkly silhouetted against backlit morning...

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Life Coaching from an Ancient Redwood

(November 15, 2018) Grow. Seek light. Never stop. Welcome winter rain and summer fog. Don't let little nuisances bore under your bark. Work to increase your heartwood year by year. Strive upward. Spread...

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Early November

(November 8, 2018) Lady Maple sheds her fiery, gold-tinged robe, bare arms raised,           stands naked                     in expectation of...

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Rebuilding the Temple

(November 1, 2018) We are always in a state of rebuilding the temple. Brick by brick We mortar our proverbs, Our collective wisdom over centuries Of migration and struggle, Through laughter and tears,...

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Gattara

(October 25, 2018) You know this story: in the news they are reporting that when the old lady died they found 100 cats in her house – all well fed, strays, every one,...

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Cracked Heart

(October 18, 2018) There was a time a moment a point where it all shattered the heart fell like porcelain on a tiled floor shattered in a million pieces they were all swept...

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Season Greetings

(October 11, 2018) Now winter is coming on I suppose it would be a good idea to mask the small holes in the kitchen window that broke getting into the locked house last...

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Flooding the Silence

(October 4, 2018) This is not some small well drilled to the surface. Listen deeper. An ocean. Intimately clasping and carrying the souls of countless women gearing up to reorganize the tide....

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Thank God

(September 27, 2018) A warm cup of coffee Finds familiar grounds   As the fog rolls out,   Where conifers reach Towards another   Stellar day.   Still,   I recall us Standing...

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Cheatham's Grove

(September 20, 2018) Once I didn't get trees Where I grew up trees were here and there among the houses along the streets buildings seemed bigger I climbed trees I liked them But...

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Zoology: A

(September 13, 2018) Amy ant ambled but Bobby baboon bounced 'cuz Cathy cat caterwauled as Dougie dog dawdled then Ellie eel embarked while Freddie falcon flew – Gerald grasshopper gamboled and Harold J....

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Sunrise 12/5/16

(September 6, 2018) I open the curtains to a pale pink sky pull on my coat slip into shoes carefully descend the few steps out my door I capture the rising sun casting...

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The Death of the Shelter Dog

For Miss Piggy, with acknowledgement to Randall Jarrell

(August 30, 2018) From my litter's warmth I tumbled to the State's And I crouched in its bosom until all hope drained. There, cage-confined, I barked and cried and paced. My end: a...

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