Poems

Fifteen

February 3, 2016

When I was fifteen Flying once around the sun Washed with rays of light Brushed by wondrous blossoms Blushing with the newness of a life Unknown and beckoning When I was fifteen Dazzled by boys Blurred with secret kisses Wakened by sounds of soft dreams Drifting by on promises of love Hesitant and stumbling When […]

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Moving violations

January 19, 2016

I ride my bicycle every day Aggressive in a way I like Committing small crimes On the way to work Running red lights Riding on the sidewalk Pretending To be a pedestrian With a bicycle helmet Wheeling a bicycle With pedestrian aspirations Of getting to work On time

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Clouds 2

November 25, 2015

In the clouds I see the faces of puffy white things Rabbits, dogs, humans Indistinct dreamlike expressions of life Reflected in the vapors up above Rorschach inkblots floating through time Inviting us to interpret life As we see it, as we want it to be I wonder how clouds Are so varied in density And […]

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Drowned

September 2, 2015

Look at the baby washed up on the beach See how he lies face down in the sand Thrown there by the waves In his blue shorts, red T-shirt, small sneakers Clothes chosen by his mother so he could walk Away from Syria into a new life Before humanity washed him ashore Humanity has drowned […]

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Beethoven

August 27, 2015

And when the music rises in me As the notes play through my mind My father’s face comes into view He is in repose, sitting in his chair As he always did Listening to Beethoven The Pathétique sonata His head nodding slightly Following the melody As he turns the pages of his favorite books Playing […]

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Light

August 7, 2015

I panicked and ran Tripped over a basket of sardines On the way to the Vatican Panicking, tripping Tipping sardines into the place Where God sleeps and dreams of fishes I panicked and ran and tripped I have no religion No God, no dreams of fishes Other than whales and oceans The earth and its […]

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Looking down

July 6, 2015

Are you looking down on me After all these years How strange to fly Above the table where we sit Talking as if the words we say Will change the world Remembering when You were with us Talking about fractals The wonder of nature How a spider spins the trap Flies and insects blithely ignore […]

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Skating

June 11, 2015

It was a dare to skate As fast as we could Down to the gate Onto the road Around the corner To the Wardrops’ driveway That curved upwards Slowed us down To a stop Pete pushed me Too hard I careened down the driveway Out of control Crashed into the gate Mostly with my left […]

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Meaning

May 22, 2015

In the kitchen sits the ordinariness of my life And then there is what I was meant to do Washing dishes, cleaning counters Emptying compost to feed worms It’s spring again and aphids devour my maiden hairs The first thing I’m distracted by coming home Aphids eating my precious, delicate leaves None of it feels […]

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Distance

May 21, 2015

I saw her in the distance in her jeans and awkward shoes Walking the dogs in the park under the huge, old trees With their heavy branches hanging, sweeping The shrubs and grasses with their lonely, listless leaves Her pink cheeks gently whipped by the stiff cold breeze She told me the story of her […]

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