Sunday, December 10, 2017

Fifteen Seconds

is all I can spare
to smell the wilted rose petals

now drying
in a bowl on a shelf
in the foyer

as I pass on my way to the door.

The petals
were swept from the bed
in the morning

after they adhered
to the sweat
on our bodies

as we said goodbye.

I don’t have time
for coffee,

and I didn’t want to
wake you.


"Fifteen Seconds" is published in the 2017 Winter Issue (#5of Light, an independent, reader-supported, quarterly journal of fine art photography and poetry, which is in its second year of publication.


Friday, December 1, 2017

Indiana Memories

           Indiana pizzeria finds itself at the center of 'religious freedom' debate.
                        –Ed Payne, CNN, April 3, 2015

Jesus would not refuse
to serve a stranger pizza.
He would
make the stranger an extra-large,
stuffed-crust pizza,
with all the toppings
and extra cheese.
He would
sit the stranger in a vinyl booth
right up front
by the pane-glass window,
and wash the stranger’s feet.
He would
invite His twelve best friends
to dine
with the stranger,
He would
make them pizza too.
He would
take five anchovy pizzas
and two orders of bread sticks
to the patio
and feed five thousand
diverse attendees
at a gay wedding.
He would
do unto others
as He would have them
do unto Him . . .
and turn water
into wine,
because that is what He does
at weddings.


"Indina Memories" is included in Issue 16 (Fall 2017) of local Dayton, Ohio journal Mock Turtle Zine. 

Past issues of Mock Turtle can be viewed online.


Thursday, October 19, 2017

The Bay is Crisp

An open window lets the air in,
lets in the brackish air. It is early,
just before dawn.

Boats still moored
bob languidly,

and those departing
are loath to make wake,
even a ripple.
Fishermen (and fisher
women too) seek out a living,

eke out a life,
dredging from the deep
to frame a feast for someone.

The nip in the air
wakes one faster than coffee.

Profit by the pound,
but only on a good day, only
if the weather behaves—

a day just like today,
we hope and pray.

"The Bay is Crisp" won 3rd place in the Ohio Poetry Day 2017 poetry contest #3, Evelyn Barker Award: “In Praise of Traditional Values,” and was published in the contest compilation chapbook, Ohio Poetry Day: Best of 2017. Two of my other poems received Honorable Mentions in Ohio Poetry Day contests this year. 

Friday, March 3, 2017

From the Far Hills

Ars Poetica

I should be making pesto,
because you will be home soon,
and you will want to get started.

I have been alone
in the house (for a change),
and all I have done

is wash the morning dishes,
sweep the floor,
and do laundry.

I took all three dogs for a walk,
one at a time,
because . . .

(well . . . you know),

and I managed to shower and shave.
I changed the sheets on the bed.
Now, I am writing a poem.


Poem in My Pocket

The poem in my pocket is a little gray mouse.
I found it early this morning, wandering
casually around the house.

It jumped into my pocket sans warning
and whispered in my ear,
Take me with you.

I did not know it was “poem-in-your-pocket”
or “take-your-mouse-to-work” day.

Of course, it may have just looked like a mouse.
It could have been a miniature
miniature Chihuahua
named Brutus, or Cesar Romero,
or Spot.

Out, damned spot! Out, I say!
But it does not heed my Shakespearean plea—
the mousy Chihuahua stays.


"Ars Poetica" and "Poem in My Pocket" are published in Poems From the Far Hills, the second chapbook of work by the Wright Library Poets, compiled and edited by Elizabeth C. Schmidt, made possible by the Wright Memorial Public Library in Oakwood, Ohio.


Monday, February 6, 2017

Another Bartender Love Affair

Maybe, it’s simply because
            they provide all necessities of life,
smiling and calling us “honey”—
            whatever’s on tap.

Mere presence is life affirming,
            a semblance of social construct we all need
as we drink ourselves to death—
            a look in the mirror.

Tomorrow, we re-belly up,
            another round of affirmation,
a double whiskey back—
            one more . . . and the check.


My poem, "Another Bartender Love Affair," is included in Issue 21 (January 2017) of Shot Glass Journalan on-line journal devoted to short poetry published by Muse-Pie Press. You should treat yourself to the jewels contained in the entire issue, but here is a direct link to my poem.


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