07 August 2016

06 August 2016

04 August 2016

07 July 2016

fear and rage

Already they have begun to spin
to twist the story into its usual shape
formerly familiar, suddenly terrifying
because how many others have we
dismissed because this was the only
story told:  armed black man
shots were fired              handgun
recovered at the scene.

How many times did we not know
the details not reported by police accounts
routine traffic stop      child in the car
first aid not immediately rendered
complying with police request  for
license and registration when shot
by police for moving while carrying
a declared and legally permitted weapon?

This story doesn't make sense.  I don't
 want it to be true of this incident in a place
I know and have been let alone other places
I don't know for other people innocent
of any capital  crimes.

How many times have people
gotten away with murder hiding
behind this traditional narrative
we have accepted, all important
facts warped to fit its shape, slicing
off the overhanging edges truth
with the  careless knife of power?

How terrifying this is, this proof
that even if you do everything right -
young, employed steadily, out with 
your family getting ready to celebrate
your birthday - if you are a black man, 
this is how that day in your life can end:  
you dead because someone 
felt threatened because you 
were doing what they 
told you to do, what you 
were supposed
to do, so what
are you supposed
to do now?

14 June 2016


thunder, lightning flash
clouds so low they brush your face
summer is coming

08 June 2016

19 May 2016

unsteady walks

no one cards for this
so easy to be drunk on spring
don't know my limit

13 May 2016

Feeling grey

Green is bursting forth
Missed week of walks in the woods
leave us feeling grey

07 May 2016

He asks is this fun

We are on the train
because he wanted to ride.
He asks, "Is this fun?"

05 May 2016

sun dogs

I am glad these things
have names even if I won't
recall what they are

04 May 2016

wisdom here

when you watch, you can't
listen, when you listen, you
can't watch: wisdom here

03 May 2016

signs of spring

roadside tennis shoe
always alone, while pairs and
signs of spring abound

02 May 2016

01 May 2016

full of hopes

Don't give up for dead
trees that haven't bloomed quite yet
May is full of hopes

30 April 2016

29 April 2016

early days

I like the early days
of budding spring when blooms
are hidden splashed random

28 April 2016

27 April 2016


  • Creator
  • Future Seer
  • Present Doer
  • Fire Bringer
  • Savior of Man
  • Defier of Gods
  • Consequence Sufferer
  • Helper Even In Chains
  • First Civil Rights Activist?

26 April 2016

25 April 2016

23 April 2016

is hope like this?

the way the tree appears
completely without life
today but could sprout buds
tomorrow if you wait

22 April 2016

return of shade

tree-cast bone shadows
grow into shade once again
spring comes with intent

21 April 2016

will spring come to my tree this year

lonely sound 
of bare tree
in constant
each other
like children
left in the back 
seat too long

20 April 2016


for Liz

haze of green new growth
outlining Mississippi
River banks: golden

19 April 2016

when it is enough (exercise and chronic pain)

Ask yourself,
"Is is enough?"

and if you think
"I could do more,"

stop before 
it is too much.