July 2014

Perfect

July 31, 2014

They sat in the noisy restaurant, looking sullenly at each other across the small table. They had the air of a couple who had been married for a long time and whose pretensions were long gone. He was a shabby middle-aged professor, his tweed jacket and beige shirt rumpled and roughly tucked into the top […]

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Afraid

July 22, 2014

I am a person who, for the first time in months, was able to walk in the San Francisco rain yesterday, turning my face up to meet the cool, misty spray and be reminded of the fragility of our green and blue planet and the way it has changed so much, even in my lifetime. […]

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Him

July 21, 2014

Some things in this life just should not be tolerated. AT & T’s automated voice system is one of them. In the first place, because the voice is so confident as if I will not notice I am talking to a machine, it immediately sets my teeth on edge. Without waiting, I say, “Operator!” The […]

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Pool

July 13, 2014

I want to be first Standing there in the early spring morning In my Speedos on the edge of the pool Watching the hose Snaking its way through the water Slowly filling up the pool to the line where My father says, “It’s full” The signal, the starting gun Clutching my hands in front of […]

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Doll

July 7, 2014

When I make a new doll from this and that I do not know who I am creating Like a baby and something a body does With the help, in the first place, of a seed Of a loving idea, a new life Less immaculate and more imprecise My doll appears, slowly in my hands […]

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Watermelon

July 2, 2014

“Will you give me some money so I can have something to eat?” She is in one of those chairs on wheels, not a wheelchair exactly, but an assisted perambulatory seat. “Are you hungry?” I ask. “Yes, can you give me something for something to eat?” There is a cafe on the corner. “I’ll go […]

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