Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Plump robins

They came back a mite too soon, I think. Or maybe they will bring worms to the surface, melt the snow.

They're back
Staked out their spots
In the yard.
It will snow again
Oh robins
I rejoice
In your plumpness.
It may carry you
One or two or three
More inches of snow.
The worms still hide.
Your plumposity
Will hold you
For now.

Monday, April 16, 2018


It's taken me long enough

I will fill out
An application
For independence.
They will pick me up
And perhaps
Will be mine.
Perhaps I will know
Freedom again
A smile
Perhaps independence
Perhaps freedom.

Sunday, April 15, 2018


Festival of Faith and Writing: Hats mush my hair, so I don't wear them. Still, I am envious of people who do..for example: the panache of the woman in the purple velvet beret

I sat and watched hats
Move through
The space
The purple velvet
The cowboy hat.
I wondered
What each one wrote
Or read.
I drank coffee
If I wore a hat
What would it say.
To that purple velvet

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Green voices

Dark voices, pale voices, tree buds.

The green pokes through
The surface.
Its voices
Will not be heard
In full
Until later.
I hear whispers
Dark voices
Pale voices
Tree buds.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

When green arrives

I continue to figure things out

When green arrives
Is she envy
Or perhaps the color
Of spring
A sign of growth?
When green arrives
Does she wear black
Or find the forsythia
In the hedge
Out back?
When green arrives
Which comes first?
Which comes next?
Does she know
How to hold both
When green arrives.
How does she know?
Is it time
For mud
.Or pussy willows?

Friday, April 6, 2018

A few flakes

The ducks know.

Yesterday brought
A few flakes of snow
No accumulation.
The duck lady
Out back
Was already
In her garage
Where the corn
Is stored
The ducks flew in.
They know
When the table
Will be set,
The food

Wednesday, April 4, 2018


Advice is often unwelcome

I am eight years
Into life
With seizures.
I do not drive.
Do you know
He says
This man
Had a seizure 
And cannot drive?
Maybe you could
Talk with him?
Of course it depends
On him.
Advice is often