Friday, September 16, 2016

Needle and Spoon

            for Buster

This is how we . . .
envelop in our arms, smother
with smooches and nuzzle.

Pull loose skin from endoskeleton,
stick the steel spike in.
Stay still
while the saline bag

Watch darting eyes
succumb to numbness, until
the slow

Throw a ball. He
jumps and growls. We
laugh and smile

for as long as he has energy
or until it’s time to feed him.

Fickle, like an infant,
he must be coaxed with airplane noises,

plying tiny spoonful
after hopeful tiny spoonful,
until he
will no longer eat.

This is how we cope, our
addiction, since cancer has claimed
appetite and vigor.


I am honored to have "Needle and Spoon" included in the Spring/Summer 2016 issue (#19) of Touch: The Journal of Healing. Touch is publish semiannually with a lot of love and care by The Lives You Touch PublicationsYou should treat yourself to the entire issue, but here is a direct link to my poem.


Sunday, June 5, 2016

Garden Economics

            The beautiful landscape as we know it
            belongs to those who are like it.
                        —Muso Soseki

Capitalism is such a beautiful weed.
It grows most striking without constraint
and prospers for a while
                        in fertile soil,
until it chokes
on its own coiled roots and
                        unrestrained vines—

laissez faire foliage.

A mindful gardener prunes flora,
            held so fair,
with care,
            with incisiveness,
lest he be compelled to axe and spade.

But don’t go all Edward Scissorhands on it,
            snip, snip,       
            manipulate,     cultivate.

For capitalism is a beautiful weed,
a living, growing thing,
                        not a delicate thing.

Trim, tend, and cultivate, or

axe, spade.


"Garden Economics" was included in Issue 13 (Spring 2016) of local Dayton journal Mock Turtle Zine. 

Past issues of Mock Turtle can be viewed online.