Sunday, June 30, 2019


Following the money 
Moonlit snail leaves 

Winding silver tracks 
Trail behind it.

Friday, June 28, 2019

What The Eye Fails To Take In, The Heart Will

—for Ans and Peter, inveterate birders par excellence 

Not the green limb trembling 
In the still air but the departed 

Beating of wings 
The branch was home to 

No longer there. 

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Sunday, June 23, 2019

In God We Trust

Trust me— 

When you said you would 
Try harder the next time, 

Nobody believed you, not 
Even your best friend, 

Your lying self 
To the bitter end. 

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Epitaph For A Spaced-Out Astronomer

Love, don’t you be like me 
When the stars got in my eyes, 

I looked for the nearest 
Black hole. 

Monday, June 17, 2019


Suffering’s well hidden, 
Festering in Everyman’s heart, 

And everyone wants it 
Ripped out 

Without hurting the heart. 

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Shall We Or Shall We Not?

Uproot the poem which dares 
Rear its head out of season 

Lest that bizarre beauty develop 
A mind of its own 

And bewitch us. 

Thursday, June 13, 2019

How Poets End Up Getting The Reader's Goat

Remember leading that nag 
To water to no avail? Well, 
Your exasperating poetic

Manner reminds me of a nanny
Goat that gives us a milk can 
Full to the brim, then 

Straightaway kicks it 
Over before we can fully 
Take all that wholesomeness in. 

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Friday, June 7, 2019

No Trespassing--This Means You!

This abandoned derelict has nothing left to say 
Of what went on inside it, years of pent-up anger 
Keep it shut away. 

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

A Poem Should Be (17)

Finely spun as a spider’s 
Web poised deceptively 
In the morning sun, 

And you an ephemeral 
Struggling captive soon 
To be undone. 

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Rub A Dub Tub

More than likely,
The perfect poem is never 
Going to be there when
You need it, even if
You’ve just cut your veins 
And are waiting patiently 
For divine inspiration to save you 
From a fate worse than death. 

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