Saturday, May 29, 2010

On a Sentence by Santayana

Know that

Its essence lies
Not in how

It is delivered,
But how

It is received by the minions
Condemned to repeat it.

Thursday, May 27, 2010


You have not yet begun
The assault on the mountain

And already the air is making you giddy.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Look Homeward, Angel


When you were good,
He’d let you stay

Up all night
And raise holy hell.

When you were bad,
He’d douse the lights,

Put you under
A dank stairwell.

Friday, May 21, 2010


How utterly deep and profound
A poem

Unplumbed in the shallows
The deluge left behind.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Definitely Not Lemmings #21

My thanks to Lizeta for signing on as DNT #21! From what I've been able to find out (not much), she's an avid bicyclist and hails from my old neck of the woods, Washington State.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Chowing Down at the Wall Street Mission House

It is not easy to make a simile go on all fours.
—T.B. Macaulay

Like holy mackerel, there—
On all fours, ravenous

Biblical winged in
Sects eating the floor!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Monday, May 10, 2010

Poetry Lesson

And yet, we know something of bitterness—

This draining out of love in syllables
Teaches us, among other things, silence
And how to talk our way around it.

(My first published poem, Poetry Northwest, Winter 1970-71--going on forty and still teaching.)

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Saturday, May 1, 2010


The plot

Thickened by far
Fetched remnants of earth

Like creatures

In space, the absence
Of gravity continues

To play a major role.
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