Shadorma 336, Shadorma 337, Shadorma 338

From the poetry collection published in 2021 containing poems written in 2020, The Immediate and No Sooner.

Shadorma 336
10/22/20

trilogy
of toothbrushes chat
about love
and money
The pink-tiled bathroom echoes
with their bright laughter

Shadorma 337
10/22/20

Physics tale.
You may have read it.
Stray atom
reaches out
for a unifying word.
The universe forms.

Shadorma 338
10/22/20

The sun moves:
your brassy escort
roundabout
over and
beyond. The empire gossips.
A gnome breathes out leaves.

Shadorma 333, Shadorma 334, Shadorma 335

From the poetry collection published in 2021 containing poems written in 2020, The Immediate and No Sooner.

Shadorma 333
10/22/20

Will the ghosts
mock the medium
successful
up to now
corralling ectoplasm
for a nice profit?

Shadorma 334
10/22/20

The dollars
sigh on their tired trudge
out of the
thin billfold
into the cash register
at the pharmacy

Shadorma 335
10/22/20

trilogy
of dinner plates chat
Stray ladle
reaches out
for a unifying word.
A pot breathes out steam.

Shadorma 330, Shadorma 331, Shadorma 332

From the poetry collection published in 2021 containing poems written in 2020, The Immediate and No Sooner.

Shadorma 330
10/12/20

shipping tags:
blank manila card
reinforced
hole for string –
this box of one thousand for
as many journeys

Shadorma 331
10/12/20

Springed Out
and now gone Disrolled.
Busted off
too-tight Tight
for Detwistification
and then Laid-Out Flat.

Shadorma 332
10/12/20

Guillotine:
Cardboard awaits. You
are hungry
for a slice.
Corrugated cellulose.
Your favorite meal.

Tanka 212, Tanka 213, Shadorma 329

From the poetry collection published in 2021 containing poems written in 2020, The Immediate and No Sooner.

Tanka 212
10/12/20

The orange twist-cap.
The rounded contoured body.
The bottle of glue
and how well it fits my hand.
I squeeze. Watch the first drops fall.

Tanka 213
10/12/20

His rounded shoulders.
His jaunty orange ribbed cap.
Friend since my childhood.
My sticky fingers grasp tight.
I squeeze him in affection.
10/12/20

Shadorma 329
10/12/20

spool of white
unwinds its last turns
The machine
pulls the thread
the greedy needle consumes
beyond the last inch

How It Came to Be

From the poetry collection published in 2021 containing poems written in 2020, The Immediate and No Sooner.

How It Came to Be

cotton cloth
where threads intersect
gray and white
columns cross
gray and white rows. The colors
flow through the fabric

endless grids
yards and yards of it
a fabric
to be cut
sewn hemmed wrapped sold and defined:
gray checked dish towel.

10/12/20
shadorma chain

Shadorma 326, 327, 328

From the poetry collection published in 2021 containing poems written in 2020, The Immediate and No Sooner.

Shadorma 326
10/5/20

cream blouse and
tan-white patterned-dot
pencil skirt
your face young
painfully eager to please.
Sketch: first job first day

Shadorma 327
10/5/20

Cake batter
Mixer whirls the bowl
Flour sashays
butter skips
Sugar hops! Cake in oven –
Let’s lick the beaters!

Shadorma 328
10/5/20

The ranks of
tall skinny and short
stubby and
the ones that
fall in between – who will be
the mediator?

In the Autumn

From the poetry collection published in 2021 containing poems written in 2020, The Immediate and No Sooner.

In the Autumn

Two laundry baskets
sit empty on the high shelf
elderly ladies
wearing shapeless shirt-dresses
settled comfortably close

on a bench. They talk,
or not – worn hands clasped in laps –
arthritic knuckles
hold in place loose wedding rings
of a style fifty years old

10/5/20
tanka chain

Shadorma 339, Shadorma 340, Shadorma 341

From the poetry collection published in 2021 containing poems written in 2020, The Immediate and No Sooner.

Shadorma 339
10/29/20

raking leaves
is never complete
until you
go running
through the whole big pile kicking
brown leaves in the air!

Shadorma 340
10/29/20

Strawberry
shortcake and ice cream
six servings.
Greedy me
How I regret it. I dream
gooey pink nightmares.

Shadorma 341
10/29/20

So spicy
your homemade chili
the piquant
zesty punch
to my gut I feel for hours.
Please, just a small bowl.

Shadorma 324, 325

From the poetry collection published in 2021 containing poems written in 2020, The Immediate and No Sooner.

Shadorma 324
10/2/20

Knot the string
Tape up two circles
Wrap up in
two colors –
Squeak if it’s too tight for you.
Otherwise, shut up.


Shadorma 325
10/2/20

Here you have
two rolls of tape two
colors two
degrees of
adhesion and you need two
sometimes. Not now. Choose.

Shadorma 323, Haiku 859, 860, 861

From the poetry collection published in 2021 containing poems written in 2020, The Immediate and No Sooner.

Shadorma 323

stick of gum
the paper wrapper
peeled away
Silver foil
an inscrutability
your fingers pry up

9/21/20

Haiku 859

an egg-shaped woozy
rolling around in my head –
that stuff sure is strong

9/21/20

Haiku 860

a hiss of snowflakes
and gone no thanks to your voice
calling my old name

9/27/20

Haiku 861

my own blue feather
a broken-off scrap I left
here for you to find

9/21/20