Dreaming The Old Man

Through slanting doors and broken windows odd furniture in dim rooms old books and roses rotting with age I follow you, charts and crumpled maps and paper glitter like a lost hope– Sudden sky and wide water reeds along a shore under a silver willow you call to the other side. No limb or vine […]

On The State of World Affairs and Other Madness

The cat chases its tail, the dog whimpers in sleep, The heart skips a beat… It’s not a nightmare, not a movie, a TV show. Wake when you will, but where will you be, in bed alone, In the den, your unknowing hand holding a gun, At your desk starting at nothing? It doesn’t matter— […]

Spindrift Literary & Arts Journal 2018

Spindrift Literary & Arts Journal 2018 It’s back from the bindery & it is stunning!  Join us for the release celebration: Tuesday, May 8, 11 am to 6 pm @ The Visual Arts Center 2000 Building Shoreline Community College My Poem “Elegy for Phil Hayes” appears in it, so I’ve been asked to read. Elegy for Phil Spindrift […]

Earth Day Warning

He wanted to heal her broken heart, hang lace in her window Give her a greenhouse rose, the unnaturally perfect orchid Fragrant spring to fill her house, But he made toxic cocktails at the bar Laid skulls of thalidomide babies Whale bone and relics from Dachau at her door. Mid-spring layers of acid ice and snow […]

The Killer

I am the misconceived
Unconnected son of an ordinary woman
Who baked as many cakes as your Mom, loved me as much.

My father went to war, saved the nation, came home with medals
Shell shocked head, memories he cannot tell.
Something went wrong with me.

It was not the boyish pranks, soap on your windows
Halloween t.p. on your house and car
I am evil behind a mask… etc. etc….