Sunday, January 15, 2017

Original doggie

We all have particularly special things,

Doggie has appeared,
The original Doggie.
My son says
There are two.
Is it the one
Worn out next to the spine?
I assure him
That’s probably the original
He says.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Looking for "I"

Missing letter

Cleaning out my son’s room
There on the bottom
Is the alphabet board.
It is missing an I.
The cleaning continues
Now in search
Of that I.
So many letters to miss
In the room
Of a 29 year old son.
Actually I am proud
It is only one letter.
We wait to see
Whether it will appear
Before we are done
Or whether Goodwill
Will have to sell
An alphabet board
With no I,
Whether some child
Will be unable
To spell
Or idiom.
We will see
If that I

Friday, January 13, 2017

Pink pig, black cat

Duck lady out the back, black cat in the front

We left the pink pig
Watering can
On the front lawn.
Now there is a black cat,
He rolls in it,
Throws it around
In the snow.
He has adopted us
Or perhaps
He just visits
For the winter.
It is a good thing
We left the pink pig
Next to the front door.
Almost anything
Is a good
Cat toy.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

More on the bird clock

The kitten is more relaxed today.

We try the clock
On a top shelf.
The kitten now ignores
The bird calls.
No longer sees
The second hand.
Out of sight
As they say.
Out of earshot
No one
The kitten
Is sound asleep.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

New batteries in the bird clock

My sister has replaced the batteries in all the clocks. Our kitten is now sitting in front of the bird clock.

The kitten heard
The white-throated sparrow.
Now her eyes are trained
On the second hand.
The cardinal
Comes next.
The second hand
Is worth a watch.
Anything moving
Is worth
A watch.

Monday, January 9, 2017


Our tweed reindeer has a wobbly neck. Thank goodness my sister is here to prop it up,

The reindeer
Has been propped up
So the head
Does not lean
With its neck askew.
My sister has arrived
From New Mexico.
She props things up
Like reindeer
Like magazines
Like books
Like dishes
Left on the table.
The two clocks
Which no longer run
Will get new batteries
So we can tell time
We look.

Friday, January 6, 2017


Today is the Feast of the Epiphany. It is the Day the Wise Folk left and went home be another way so Herod would not find them. There are so many Epiphanies in our Faith, one after another after another. I often think of them as whirl winds

The whirl wind
Makes its mark,
Leaves behind those things
Which have yet
To be done.
Oh so many things
Yet to be done.
I mark things off the list,
Yet resolutions
Are not singular:
One baby in a manger,
One star
In the sky.
The whirl wind
Makes its mark
Yet continues
Never singular