Sunday, October 29, 2023

fragments from the road

rearview make-up applied
gas pedal pressed to make up last time
stop signs rolled and full out blown

Lexus bumper suspended
with shredding duct tape
bent plastic fenders line the ditch

"kids" laying rubber out by the lake
Coors can rolling on the shoulder
beside the new black stripes

Friday, October 27, 2023

El Día de Muertos

a little wall hung shrine
golden framed photo
of a tiny one
born with a broken heart
ceramic knick-knack 
kept on display
for 45 years
cross stitched art
dates of birth and death
not a mote of dust

today - this 
el Día de Muertos
a new candle is lit

Wednesday, October 25, 2023

forest edge poem

bits of wood flying
from a dead tree hole

red squirrel
a porcupine?

masked face looks out
surveys the forest edge
curls back inside 

a long ringed tales
blows in the breeze

Thursday, October 19, 2023

the fence

a few holes
here and there
rotted out cross beam
about to fall
whole section sagging
posts leaning
into the yard

tired monk approaches
tool belt over robes
boxes of nails, and deck screws
sawdust in sunlight
fresh new wood
(donated at that!)
fixed straight and true

the gate is rehung
latched up tight

Thursday, October 12, 2023

and that's right


When you've got so much to say it's called gratitudeAnd that's right...

collected compiled
in a new leather journal
before one drifts to sleep
thinking back 
over precious moments
a smile
a laugh
a minute of peace, 
quiet solitude


spotted and appreciated
right in real time
and that's right

Wednesday, October 4, 2023

deers and beers

one fawn deer eating
her brother approaches

little sheepish bleats

as he comes through the hedge

the don’t see me 

and munch a few more 

fallen crab apples

I crack another cold can

of German pilsner

they leap up

and white tail away

bounding over lawn chairs

and fallen trees

into the forest deep

Tuesday, October 3, 2023


accident up on the new highway
crumpled metal, tire in the ditch
smoke in the sky
glass over three lanes

cars, trucks, delivery vans
drive down onto old country roads
avoiding gridlock grief

most speed past
rolling stop signs
blasting gravel road dust

a few stop...then more
at the farmer's stand
they purchase crisp apples
huge field pumpkins, and 
big bunches of beets
then slow and easy
back to the city