Thursday, January 31, 2019

IBM Selectric

Another day I thought I would write something completely different.

We are continually
Up one side
Down another.
I sit and write
On the computer,
Remember I took
Ordination exams
On the IBM Selectric
A top of the line
Top of the line
Changes daily.
Most people these days
Do not even understand
The expression
Top of the line
IBM Selectric
Even less.
They are in handbooks
Of archaic machines
Archaic expressions.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

One at a time

Grateful for a faucet that can drip. Warming buses. One person warmed, at a time. It matters to this one.

The faucet drips.
We will make it through
This cold snap.
Warming buses
Drive the streets
Of Chicago.
They find the people
Left behind
Left behind.
Left behind.
It matters
To this one
It matters
To at least
This one.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Mouse breath

Red tennis shoes.

I think of
Kliban's cats
In red tennis shoes
Love to eat them mousies
They are cute
Those mice
Even when they have
No footwear
They are proud
Those cats
When they have
Something to show
For their efforts.

Monday, January 28, 2019


Can we keep them, Mom, can we keep them??

Our home
Is a haven
For mice
Until spring comes.
Spring will not arrive
For a couple months yet.
Our home
Is a haven.
The turtle tank,
Empty of turtle,
Still sits
In the playroom.
It awaits
New purpose.
It will be
A mouse house.

Sunday, January 27, 2019

No quitters

We can wait forever

She stalks the mouse
Now under the dresser.
She knows it will emerge
Until then
She waits.
No quitter
I wait
No quitter

Saturday, January 26, 2019


With thanks to Dylan Thomas.

Do not go lightly
Into the night
When you are meant
To throw it down
On the mat
Wrestle it
Like Jacob wrestled
That angel
At the Jabbok.
Got his blessing.
Praise God
For blessings
They come
Whatever mark
They leave
We may go.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

I will be able to leave

Because I can not shovel snow does not mean I am home bound. 

I will be able
To leave.
I hired some people
Who sought
To be hired
To clear the snow.
I will be able
To move
Out the front door,
Be driven
To work.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Ode to blue chair

Here's to you, Callie Swanlund...for asking the question.

Where would I create
Without you?
Popcorn kernels
Coffee stains
The week's favorite puppet
The occasional cat
And all.
My soft blue blanket
When a chill
Overtakes me
Or when comfort
Is needed.
Oh Blue Chair
I have pictures
Of your childhood
On the wall.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Two penguins + baby makes three

And who cares? Couples have raised children all over the world.

They made the headlines
Named gay
Because they are males
Raising a baby
How can we tell
Homosexual orientation
In penguins?

Saturday, January 19, 2019

It will never be soon enough

It's dark.

It's midwinter
I already wait
For the daylight
To be saved
It will come back
It will never be
Soon enough.
I wait
It seems I always
Like the child
In that proverbial
Back seat.
Are we there yet?
How about now?
What about now?

Friday, January 18, 2019

Emergency kits

It's more than 911

It's more than 911
It also ABC
The Heimlich Maneuver
When steak gets stuck
It's also
So many ways
To save
Our neighbor
So many ways
Call 911

Thursday, January 17, 2019


Sherman Hershfield stroke poetry...from Atlantic Monthly.

He spoke
In rhyming couplets
The brain
Does amazing things
Offers ways
To relate
To others
In rap
Or couplets
Even drive
And arrive
While the brain
Out loud
In rap.

Sunday, January 13, 2019


All of us need company

We sit with those
Who live
And die
And in-between.
We stand with those
Who likewise
Figure which one
They will claim.
All of us
Are somewhere
All of us
Need company.


And this one may never be posted...anywhere.

What I see as gift
Another may see
As a scum-sucking creature
Who lives
Off the beauty
In the world.
So much beauty
To be shared
In so many
Different ways.
No need
For name-calling

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Consider the lilies

Jesus said Consider the lilies, they neither toil nor spin..."

Consider the lilies
Some grow
In gardens
Yet unseen.
Consider the lilies
Some have roots
That grow
Down deep.
Consider the lilies
That's all
Consider them.
They have
So much to offer
In our haste
To consider
Larger things
We miss them
Consider them
Consider them
They often grow
By the side
Of the road.
May call them

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Even the full moon is not full

Our imaginations can limit us.

Even the full moon
Is not full.
There is always
A dark side,
A half we never see.
The Chinese have sent
A vessel
To explore
The oceans
On the dark side
Of the moon.
Is there a Sea of Tranquility
What will they find?
We imagine
The dark side
Will look exactly
Like the side we see
On a full moon

Saturday, January 5, 2019

National Bird Day

I'm not sure I want to know

In honor
Of National Bird Day
We see what
We can see.
A this
And a that
Soaring turkey vultures
A flash of red
Cranes overhead
We thought
They had
Moved on.
Where did you hide?
You should be
In New Mexico
In Texas
Perhaps even Mexico
By now
Oh no
Has yet
To arrive.
Where is it

Thursday, January 3, 2019


A new land.

I may never speak
But some do.
I am hired
To do
Other things.
Now I wait
To be approved
By ten links
And then there's Google.
Another thing
I have entered
A different land
I may meet
Strange beasts
And have
Come with me.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

In the name

Yesterday was not just New Year's Day but also Holy Name Day. Today we remember The Slaughter of the Holy Innocents.

In the Name
Of all that's Holy
Of everything
Can we please
Circle everyone
With halos
Of light
With rings
Of safety.
In That Name
Can we please
Hold off
The slaughter
Of the innocents
Which is everyone.