Rondo

From Refuge, published in 2017.

Rondo

Scraping out strokes across the earth
The hands position themselves
the rake draws out brittle leaves
caught under the holly bush
the fingers touch the piano keys
asserting themselves
set out along the arc
of the music
its skinny metal tines
vibrating a tangle of something
something unmusical
and yet very pleasant
with strength with confidence
at the end of every phrase
before the previous one
has quite gone out of the air

2/23/17

One Small

From Redirection, the collection published in 2017.

One Small

the butterfly
on the bridge railing
the traffic incurious
the city in the distance
irrelevant
the earth does not pause
the sky opens
the butterfly
blots out the selfishness in my spirit
for that minute
disappears into the sky
I was so lonely
I am not
now

9/7/17

Ladies Fair

From the collection published in 2017, Redirection.

Ladies Fair

Perfect row of crepe myrtles
in dark pink bloom
standing on long slim legs
I mean trunks.
A haughty look about them
stuck here along the side of the building
think they ought to be around front
Like a crowd of fashion models
waiting curbside for the bus
if such people
rode the bus
which they don’t.
Anyway
they take the attentions of the paparazzi
I mean a humming bird
in stride
putting up with the buzzing and flitting around
cool as fashion models
sneering on a magazine cover.
The crepe myrtles
strike a pose.
I snap a photo.

7/27/17

chc 7-27-17 crepe myrtles upper level

July 27, 2017 – Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia, PA

Affable Neighbor

From the collection Redirection, published in 2017.

Affable Neighbor

Milkweed pods
hugged in tight
striped in prickles
cross-branches
leather-leaves
holding
enfolding.

Each curved-up end
like a saucy little nose
on a good-natured face
Wait until that little face
laughs.

8/10/17

First-Summer Rabbit

Published in the collection Redirection, 2017.

First-Summer Rabbit

Alone
not used to this life
first-summer rabbit
could fit in my palm
but grown-up. Already looking
to take care of himself
by himself
afraid of everything
with good reason.
Crossing the road
reaching out his front legs
pulling his back legs up to meet
just short of being too scared to go on
again and again
deciding to go on
until the warm asphalt is behind him
back in the grass and
disappearing into it
with relief, I imagine.
Good luck,
little first-summer rabbit.

7/14/17

Shadorma 44, 50, 57

All of these were published in Pink Chalk, 2018.

44.
Shrill whistle.
The groundhog mother
warning her
two babies.
Three statues stand in the grass.
Fox crossing the field.
5/24/18

50.
Marigold
you frill your petals.
Chipped-rim pot
dried-out dirt
bleaching-strong sun. You make do.
I will too. Thank you.
6/6/18

57.
Balcony
sized for two chairs and
iron railings
vine-twined with
flowers in blown-out bee pink
humming in the sun
6/20/18

Misc. - Honolulu balcony small 2002

Honolulu balcony, collage, 2002.

Out of the Gray

From Catch Up With Summer, published in 2015.

Out of the Gray

Pale sun reflected in
silvery puddle.
When you turn your head to
just the right angle
you see
a disk of white
shimmer
the tiniest bit
and go still.
It was all a matter of chance that
you came along here when you did
turned your head
to just the right angle
and saw that
the dull gray sky
turned out to contain
a polished eye
Wasn’t it?

ATC 1 Eye 10-16 small

Artist trading card, 2016.

Thank You Note

From the collection published in 2015, Spring Cleaning.

Thank You Note

Bare branches above me
so when I hear the sound
of a single bird
singing
tentative
then with more assurance
I can look up and
above my head
see the performer
quite clearly even to his yellow beak
a robin
singing to the blue sky
not to me down here
yet somehow I feel there is just a little bit extra
for me

Black Branches on Turquoise and Yelllow Blocks small 2009

Black branches on turquoise and yellow blocks, acrylics, 2009.

 

Just Starting Out

From Spring Cleaning, published in 2015.

Just Starting Out

The man in the yellow sweater
stands
head lowered eyes intent
on shelves of tiny green plants
settled in pots too big for them.
Brushing his palm gently across their leaves
they sway just a little
being so small and young
needing encouragement
and receiving it

“House Plants”, collage, 2003.