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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Ready

January 19, 2016

“I’m ready,” she said, throwing herself across the bed. “Ready for anything.” He turned from the desk where he had been paying their bills and looked at her. She had taken off her work clothes and was lying on top of the sheet in her negligee, the one she reserved for the nights when she […]

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On the phone

January 19, 2016

When am I ever not on the phone? That used to be a question that meant I might have been a talker, yakking to my friends and family at every opportunity. These days, I barely speak, but am more likely to be staring intently at the small screen. My phone seems to be the center […]

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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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Raining money

November 19, 2015

It was raining not long ago. Such a welcome change from the drought. Walking down Grant Street towards Market Street on my way to a meeting, I was caught in a shower. It poured for a few minutes and, because I had no umbrella and happened to be right outside Hermés where several umbrellas, all […]

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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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A worm composting disaster

August 9, 2015

Thousands of them died an excruciating death and it was entirely my fault. They were worms, compost worms, and I had been keeping them in my Can-O-Worms compost bin for years. The Can-O-Worms is a round bin designed with several trays that slowly fill up with the vegetable matter I would put in it most […]

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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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Chasm

August 2, 2015

I have one sibling, a sister. She is three years and six months older than me. We do not speak. The last time I spoke to her was in 2000 when I called her to tell her our uncle had died. He was the last of my mother’s siblings to die. My mother had already […]

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