Tuesday, May 31, 2016



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Tuesday, May 17, 2016


                                                          GROWING UP

The teenage girl sits on the cafĂ© stool and orders a lattĂ© and a muffin.  A pretty face, smooth and rosy, long light brown hair silky like a cocker spaniel’s.  Her short tee-shirt rides up higher as she moves her arms.  Her tight jeans slip lower, lower, revealing inches of flesh and a peek at where the flesh divides.

She chats on her cell phone.  No pausing to swallow her muffin.  Bite, talk, swallow, talk, drink…  So much to say.  So much to hear.  All the news.  Hurray.  Pass it on.

                                                        a gull in flight
                                                        the speed of its dive
                                                        to snare a fish
 Frogpond, summer 2009

Wednesday, May 4, 2016


                                                       downhill trail
                                                       along a stream
                                                       ...in it
                                                          lilacs in bloom
                                                          giving the dustmop
                                                          three extra shakes

                                               field of dandelions
                                               thousands of wishes
                                               going unused

A Hundred Gourds
Shiki Kukai
Heron's Nest