Friday, July 31, 2015

The Road Waits

The road waits,
but I’m not ready.

I pause, cradled by soft leather
In this silent room,
listening to morning’s
soft breath stirring
the glimmering summer leaves,

as the perched bird
gazes through my open window
into my wondering eyes
and waits.

But this is a good morning to wait.

Look how the extravagant grass waves,
and truant weeds luxuriate along the fence,
while in the small central garden
red flowers gather like
warm, slumbering children
under the wide,
spreading vine!

But still the road waits.

I’ve seen
the glistening pavements
slide under my rolling wheels,
the river to my right,
green Ohio rising
into northern forests,
and misty Kentucky
calling to me
across the wide,
glittering waters.

The road goes on,
and I cannot

(16 March 2011)

Friday, July 24, 2015


grey limbs twisting
through emerald shade
reaching at last,
clear blue day!

fern overflowing,
with living lace
red rose embracing
impassioned grace.

the sun’s final flames
high leaves emblaze,
soft summer night claims
fading day.

(25 August 2011)

Saturday, July 11, 2015

City Nocturne

“Where there is no peace, there is no light.”  Thomas Merton. Honorable Reader: 
Reflections on My Work

I dwell in city nights
hear cars cruising
down streets
streaming confusion
boulevards of light
stunted lanes,
wire siren, stunned
finders, tense
dispatchers rolling
black and whites,
coroner’s wagon

while laughing,
from theatre emerging,
from restaurant and bar
unaware, we swarm
through rivers of blood
to black cars, crush
of silent plush
power windows up
lock the doors
and slowly drive
through these

(2 April 2012)

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

late in the day

late in the day
the shadows grow
night rises, upwelling,
delicate myrtles -

roses drowning

in the darkening tide

(7 July 2015)

Thursday, July 2, 2015

They Are Strangers Here

Seagulls circle high,
In the heavy October sky

wide, white wings
nudging the dull air

riding gyres 
past the waving crest
of our highest redwood.

They are strangers here.

They’ll find no shallows to fish
no mussels to lift
above the concrete wharf,
drop and crush
and delicately dissect
still living white flesh.

They must be lost.

Here they’ll find no flying sail
no schooner driving into
wintery winds. They’ll have
no rising bow here
to amend their errant way.

And yet, for now, they’ll stay,

Graces of light
In the gray gloom
of this cold autumn

(27 Oct. 2010)

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

In the morning, early

In the morning, early
before the sun has cleared
our neighbor’s roof,
we move through
our morning chores:

You water your gardens
and I feed my birds.

The rose, the morning glory,
creeping higher
up the blue trellis, reaching
for the brightening sky;
in the window-box
the vinca flaming red,

as sparrow and finch tumble
from the cherry tree

swarming in noisy congregation,
fussing and quarreling, shoving
for more seed -


(1 July 2015)