A collection of verses in the Haiku style

Don Lehman
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12/27/2016

1293
placed into a box
the year, two thousand sixteen
paper, tape and string

 

 

 

12/26/2016

1292
an apparition
black crows with human bodies
waking from a dream

 

 

 

12/22/2016

1289
Angels with black wings
And faces in burnt umber
robes of dried oak leaves

 

 

 

12/16/2016

1286
she’d often been told
but she didn’t seem to care
she sat like a boy

 

 

 

1285
two thousand sixteen
with all those disappointments
misguided masses

 

 

 

1284
one week ‘til Christmas
that’s when all the joy arrives
we wait and worry

 

 

 

12/06/2016

1280
if you want to know
i was over here hiding
when you were naked

 

 

 

1278
raining in the night
and continuing all day
The smell of wet leaves

 

 

 

11/26/2016

1276
exposed to cold wind
winter is a naked tree
one shivering leaf

 

 

 

11/23/2016

1274
words, jibbed up and spooked
slung out, lewd and without gar
our fist a warbling

 

 

 

1172
we who pay taxes
what can we expect to get
beds for the homeless?

 

 

 

09/07/2016

1165
suddenly slow-mo
power pumped into moments
bats in the bedroom

 

 

 

08/14/2016

1164
the color of gold
evening light in late August
moon in a blue sky

 

 

 

06/11/2016

1162
there’s the milky way
Gerri said, “look, orions belt”
I was mystified

 

 

 

1161
those star gazing nights
when the sky was bigger dark
before the black out

 

 

 

06/06/2016
1158
rich manicured grass
it mostly goes unnoticed
the red fire hydrant

 

 

 

05/31/2016

1156
how much poetry
written on the prison walls
and painted over

 

 

 

05/02/2016
1157
now it’s just a blur
the day before yesterday
an old calendar

 

 

 

04/28/2016

1155
the shift of a line
evolution of a shape
follow the pencil

 

 

 

04/24/2016

1153
TV blue main light
the fill bounced off a blue wall
so Instamatic

 

 

 

04/23/2016

1151
sitting in the dark
I can still see everything
my senses intact

 

 

 

04/20/2016

1150
so few real problems
and so many solutions
hidden in plain view

 

 

 

03/30/2016

1145
I have been reshaped
the way water shapes a stone
with softer edges

 

 

 

03/02/2016

1143
a tree call hatred
growing in the hallowed halls
produced sour fruit

 

 

 

03/01/2016

1140
civil citizens
with words as sharp as needles
pop the trump balloon

 

 

 

02/14/2016

1138
a dog on a chain
pulled at the end, sniff the wind
accepting, knowing

 

 

 

02/05/2016

1131
that civil debate
the glancing innuendo
you cover your ass

 

 

 

01/21/2016

1129
with a focused mind
desire is in the waiting
lost in memory

 

 

 

01/20/2016

1128
her eyes follow you
each time you glance back, she’s there
high resolution

 

 

 

01/13/2016

1127
something beautiful
made from all those broken parts
sitting on a shelf

 

 

 

01/09/2016

1126
those rebellious songs
shouting when we were children
“I shall not be moved”

 

 

 

01/04/2016

1125
we’re always sincere
especially when we’re lying
wishing it was true

 

 

 

01/03/2016

1124
young and pliable
a rubber ball tossed around
then left deflated

 

 

 

12/06/2015

1121
are they plowing roads?
the way snow absorbs sound
as stars reappear

 

 

 

11/24/2015

1119
it’s Puerto Rico
on a midnight arrival
in that slow motion

 

 

 

11/22/2015

1115
that dream of a train
hauling the biggest cigar
into a tunnel

 

 

 

1116
in that other world
the one where people say, “NO”
we will not bear arms

 

 

 

11/16/2015

1110
rolled and tied t-shirts
trying out their new bodies
an a few old men

 

 

 

1111
sidestep the hard stuff
by hard stuff i mean hard stuff
and i mean side step

 

 

 

10/11/2015

1107
the magician asked
“do you believe in magic?”
at that moment, “yes!”

 

 

 

10/02/2015

1106
a strong nor’easter
I thought of tanya harding
something hit the roof

 

 

 

10/01/2015

1105
the sensitive child
I remember everything
the disappointment

 

 

 

09/26/2015

1100
i could stop talking
taking a vow of silence
but for that humming

 

 


1099
we chew on our words
arranging and shaping them
then we spit them out

 

 

 

1098
confused paradox
safe with a state of grace
yet unrepentant

 

 


09/21/2015

1095
i will not embrace
everything within my reach
what is too fragile

 

 

 

09/13/2015

1093
a weaponized drone
doing it’s terrible thing
just push that button

 

 

 

09/08/2015

1091
the boomer’s lament
sorry, we ate the candy
and left the wrapper

 

 

 

1089
it came without words
welcome to the other world
imagined, maybe

 

 

 

09/01/2015

1088
to resist aging
the downside of vanity
fruit left on the vine

 

 

 

08/22/2015

1087
when I’m not busy
making something out of air
I’m working with light

 

 

 

08/06/2015

1083
simple figure ground
a minimalist approach
the mental landscape

 

 

 

08/04/2015

1082
we are affected
by those things that lie between
what our eyes can see

 

 

 

1077
so what it is is
people walking with blinders
I’d rather be spooked

 

 

 

 

07/28/2015

1074
there’s no denying
whatever your religion
decadent beauty

 

 

 

07/21/2015

1073
expediency
put it together quickly
if it lasts a year

 

 

 

07/13/2015

1069
the unhappiness
time spent staring at nothing
no light. no color

 

 

 

1068
people come and go
there’s a shadow on the door
I am curious

 

 

 

07/04/2015

1066
someone must compose
a song for the last taboo
the sky with one cloud

 

 

 

6/20/2015

1064
moment by moment
everything is touch and go
feel the wind changing

 

 

 

06/18/2015

1062
why did you love me?
why did you stop loving me?
just lucky, i guess

 

 

 

06/08/2015

1059
time is a vortex
it can pull you up or down
riding the cyclone

 

 

 

06/01/2015

1057
I’d stop at Mike’s house
delivering newpapers
and watch some Dick Clark
(1958)

 

 

 

1055
at night, in my dreams
the secret doors are opened
dark rooms and closets

 

 

 

05/19/2015

1053
cold, hard colors and
the buzz of a neon light
gas station at night

 

 

 

05/12/2015

1051
i stopped to listen
a bird calling “Rosita”
warm breezes blowing

 

 

 

05/10/2015

1048
it’s all so lovely
waiting to see what comes next
letting things unfold

 

 

 

04/27/2015

1042
i captured some light
yesterday was pinhole day
light, held in a box

 

 

 

04/25/2015

1040
on a spring morning
she’d wash the crocheted curtains
starched then stretched to dry

 

 

 

04/23/2015

1039
that long frozen month
brackish water turned to ice
we hibernated

 

 

 

04/21/2015

1037
all that is to come
the dawn at the new morning
and the growing light

 

 

 

04/05/2015

1034
words are confusing
heterodoxy, homophone
I’ll go my own whey

 

 

 

04/04/2015

1033
I’ve been in black holes
i understand dark matter
accepting nothing

 

 

 

04/02/2015

1031
he has his IQ
tattooed right behind his ear
it says ninety-three

 

 

 

1028
we were camping out
and smoking in the cornfield
lies and confessions

 

 

 

1027
they promised they’d come
we’d meet back here after dark
crickets and bull frogs

 

 

 

1026
they’re pitching pennies
taping dimes to railroad tracks
gangs on bicyles

 

 

 

04/01/2015

1024
with dog-eared pages
the back’s beginning to bend
getting on in years

 

 

 

03/31/2015

1023
touch black and white keys
compose today’s melody
taking dictation

 

 

 

03/30/2015

1022
when shadows lengthen
let me hid myself in thee
where love is refuge

 

 

 

03/25/2015

1019
my anxiety
tomorrow ruined today
saved by Saturday

 

 

 

03/24/2015

1018
the white clown tonight
filling time with amusement
dandilion love test

 

 

 

03/20/2015

1017
if you are obsessed
you’re a hyprocracy, a saint
or disillusioned

 

 

 

03/19/2015

1015
those naked angels
dancing in cinncinati
like christmas morning

 

 

 

03/18/2015

1013
productivity
staring at an empty box
until i see it

 

 

 

1010
unfinished business
shall still remain unfinished
another season

 

 

 

03/02/2015

1006
when i feel too much
or when i don’t feel enough
I’m that little boy

 

 

 

1005
oh February
you pushed your clouds into March
dark barren winter

 

 

 

02/23/2015

1002
how can i describe
the banality of death
an apple falling

 

 

 

02/20/2015

1001
cold winter poems
heavy words drop dark and gray
against crackling ice

 

 

 

1,000
the bright blue morning
of a day not yet spoiled
one thousand poems

 

 

 

2/19/2015

999
what is that anvil
hanging from your necklace chain
causing you to bend?

 

 

 

02/16/2015

996
how heavy are those
secrets you could never tell
now, twisted and bent

 

 

 

02/10/2015

992
high anxiety
not like Mel Brooks’s movie
the, i can’t work kind

 

 

 

02/04/2015

991
how do i respond
when i exhibit my work
people walking by

 

 

 

01/30/2015

989
cezanne’s large bathers
three hours in a museum
van gogh painted rain

 

 

 

01/28/2015

988
i used to make stilts
my way of being grown-up
losing my balance

 

 

 

01/26/2015

986
pearls on black velvet
digging through the lost and found
awake, then dreaming

 

 

 

01/25/2015

985
feeling big and small
the biggest ant on the hill
or the smallest whale

 

 

 

980
mourning without sun
we’re in the dead of winter
my black overcoat

 

 

 

979
fascinated by
his improvised religion
bent and twisted tree

 

 

 

01/21/2015

978
we take all the blame
or we take all the credit
we take everything

 

 

 

01/15/2015

974
how small can I get
maybe a drop of water
evaporating

 

 

 

01/11/2015

969
thinking about truth
ancient religious fables
the great cathedrals

 

 

 

01/10/2015

968
a favorite thing
tipping over sacred cows
just a little nudge

 

 

 

01/06/2015

967
they’re waiting for me
those little birds, small as mice
the empty feeder

 

 

 

966
the futility
existential busyness
defining ourselves

 

 

 

01/03/2015

961
what are we, wind-up
monkeys, beating on a drum
is that what we are?

 

 

 

12/30/2014

960
yes oxygen but
what’s the purpose of this tree
one of so many

 

 

 

12/26/2014

959
my dreamy night life
floating in pools of color
under a dark sky

 

 

 

12/18/2014

957
the camera saw them
grandfather and grandmother
memory machine

 

 

 

12/16/2014

953
why doesn’t God smite
Dick Chaney for being a dick?
there, now I’ve said it

 

 

 

12/15/2014

952
the weather holding
i made a big pile of leaves
the halcyon days

 

 

 

12/13/2014

950
magical night trips
my dreams take me to places
on rollercoaster

 

 

 

949
I’m the bird that sings
not the bird building the nest
what is winter’s song

 

 

 

947
at the parties end
everyone standing around
happiness over

 

 

 

12/12/14

941
it’s hilarious
being without gravity
floating, light hearted

 

 

 

12/11/2014

937
no one lies to me
everthing i hear is true
it’s just fantastic

 

 

 

12/09/2014

934
hitting the right notes
harmonizing in three chords
then something minor

 

 

 

12/05/2014

933

by pushing forward
i stumbled into stillness
sitting then with rocks

 

 

12/02/2014

926
your favorite breath
out of eight hundred million
all those first kisses

 

 

 

11/30/2014

923
writing their own songs
the young girls are singing out
those mixed messages

 

 

 

11/29/2014

922
sallow and sagging
I will not age gracefully
observe the wroughting

 

 

 

921
time flattened and pressed
I’m noticing my body
wrinkled at my knees

 

 

 

11/26/2014

917
before she could walk
she stood balanced on my hand
i thought she might fly

 

 

 

11/27/2014

918
Mr. Black is white
his friend Mr. White is black
that gray area

 

 

 

913
apples and oranges
or melons and bananas
sex and survival

 

 

 

11/20/2014

911
with longer shadows
the attention to detail
motion and placement

 

 

 

910
without the saucer
the cup is cradled by hand
you bend down slightly

 

 

 

909
precious china cups
the ones we keep to look at
behind the glass doors

 

 

 

11/19/2014

906
i have stopped painting
I’m just looking and thinking
the life of a cat

 

 

 

908
all this climate change
the scientists might be wrong
it could be much worse

 

 

 

11/18/2014

904
she’s walking the streets
where is that long ago place
searching through the fog

 

 

 

905
elon musk, writing
the AI apocalypse
he gives us five years

 

 

 

11/17/2014

903
the last painted leaves
falling with the autumn rain
the fast, fading light

 

 

 

902
exploring contrasts
doing and then not doing
the light and the dark

 

 

 

901
an obscure desire
the curse of wanting too much
the unknowable

 

 

 

11/12/2014

900
trees getting undressed
a slow annual burlesque
is that a garter?

 

 

 

899
leaves are drifting down
firewood waiting to be stacked
the brave holly bush

 

 

 

11/11/14

898
maybe you were right
you served a failed government
and you did your best

 

 

 

897
had i gone to war
i could never have survived
my gun would have jambed

 

 

 

896
those defense contracts
soldier signing bonuses
moral injuries

 

 

 

11/10/2014

895
is there enough air
is there water in the well
how much time is left?

 

 

 

894
where are they hiding
when memories go missing
locked in the gray cells

 

 

 

 

11/09/2014

892
going off the tracks
staying with my train of thought
knowing some have jumped

 

 

 

11/04/2014

888
in a grocery store
I’m sometimes a little boy
eating a twizzler

 

 

 

887
van morrison sings
just a closer walk with thee
i go way, way back

 

 

 

11/03/2014

883
you're not a genius
but the way you hold your head
gives weight to your words

 

 

884
my dad used to say
“don’t throw your pearls before swine”
i know what he meant

 

 

 

11/03/2014

880
the leaves that are left
warm the colors of the sun
november morning

 

 

 

11/01/2014

876
we breathe the same air
what could be more intimate
our naked faces

 

 

 

875
people say, “hello”
we can be content alone
a sky with one cloud

 

 

 

10/31/2014

870
from deep in the fold
bored with the straight and narrow
i found the torn edge

 

 

 

10/30/2014

868
I’ll be someone else
when i go to Amsterdam
urbane at museums

 

 

 

10/27/2014

862
the ones that scared us
were the big bible thumpers
their booming voices

 

 

 

10/26/20 2014

861
i dug all the holes
and buried the resentments
hidden and unkept

 

 

 

860
you will feel lonely
when all the gifts are opened
that thing you wanted

 

 

 

10/22/2014

849
those money puppets
they want to have everything
chasing the karot

 

 

 

10/16/2014

844
warm october day
the smell of wet musty leaves
stock market falling

 

 

 

843
time doth take it’s toll
the cerne giant once was i
now a withered troll

 

 

 

842
i was much too young
to share my mother’s saddness
so i share it now

 

 

 

10/08/2014

837
moving gracefully
ovulation to ashes
dreams to memories

 

 

 

836
we’re walking beside
that fragile curtain between
the light and the dark

 

 

 

10/07/2014

835
sometimes it’s the eyes
embracing the things we see
and being embraced

 

 

 

833
nights at the drive-in
the sorrows of the old men
searching through netflix

 

 

 

10/05/2014

831
they were believers
praising mystical Jesus
sitting on benches

 

 

 

829
tell me everything
then tell it over again
the sound of your voice

 

 

 

10/04/2014

825
so taken by her
i could have mistaken it
for a miracle

 

 

 

10/03/2014

824
she played her cello
the lights were set and i watched
through the viewfinder

 

 

 

10/01/2014

820
looking for a word
searching my brain, digging through
a bucket of rocks

 

 

 

09/24/2014

818
the clouds match the sea
turning dark and dirty gray
the booming of waves

09/23/2014

 

 

 

816
thinking of soft things
comforting things that hold us
fending off dispair

 

 

 

812
most people feel it
no one’s quite sure what it is
some tell ghost stories

 

 

 

810
we should honor them
i pity the animals
raised as table food

 

 

 

809
instead of working
today I’ll watch videos
nick cave on youtube

 

 

 

09/16/2014

801
how shall I pretend
to know or not know the Truth
to be without doubt

 

 

 

795
people are sleeping
laughing, crying, making love
I’m writing haiku

 

 

 

09/14/2014

794
we were young and green
the wind blew us together
old trees whispering

 

 

 

09/11/2014

790
the day they fought back
us and our symbols of wealth
good bye, bon voyage

 

 

 

09/10/2014

789
before eyeglasses
everything was soft focus
aging looked better

 

 

 

787
the president and
all the president’s wise men
decide, we’ll bomb them

 

 

 

09/09/2014

785
microsoft has fans
hating all the Apple stuff
vice-versa, i guess

 

 

 

784
to start the school year
drift toward the hurricane
then push to the eye

 

 

 

09/06/2014

782

I’m sick of hanging
those formulaic paintings
duller than laundry

 

 

 

781
rolling in the surf
she’s a woman, not a girl
giving herself up

 

 

 

09/03/2014

780
...and that’s what I did
back when i was doin’ things
looking at my watch

 

 

 

08/30/2014

776
who can you sing to
when you are without talent
you can sing to me

 

 

 

775
i had a dream of
a black book with tall secrets
wishing they were true

 

 

 

 

08/28/2014

773
holding a baby
takes me to where i started
before memory

 

 

 

08/25/2014

768
the slant of the sun
afternoon light through green leaves
a yellow school bus

 

 

 

08/25/2014

767
a silent kindness
when telling the truth may hurt
either way, a wall

 

 

 

08/22/2014

766
I say, are we sheep
are we demanding our rights
all i hear is baaa

 

 

 

08/12/2014

764
robin williams died
the mysteries of the mind
hilarious and sad

 

 

 

08/04/2014

762
I’d rather a cat
lay on my desk than a dog
yipping at my feet

 

 

 

08/02/2014

761
lunching al fresco
when motorcycles parade
all flags and slogans

 

 

 

07/31/2014

759
searching through my mind
looking for lost memories
my happy childhood

 

 

 

758
my insomnia
a constant pushing against
the coming big sleep

 

 

 

07/26/2014

756
he’s shaking my hand
smiling and making small talk
there is so much fog

 

 

 

755
the cruelty of war
we find ourselves taking sides
there’s blood on our flag

 

 

 

07/22/2014

754
It was a novel
a suspense by Paige Turner
with some irony

 

 

 

07/21/2014

753
who cares about facts
the melting polar ice cap
not in my lifetime

 

 

 

07/20/2014

751
it’s all beautiful
under heavy cloud cover
colors fade to black

 

 

 

749
nature presses down
while we struggle to rise up
reaching for something

 

 

 

07/17/2014

748
while dancing with him
her eyes were glancing at me
later they went home

 

 

 

07/16/2014

747
mid-morning, still dark
the earth, sloppy drunk on rain
you can’t trust july

 

 

 

07/15/2014

746
the brain appears gray
with darker places inside
behind unmarked doors

 

 

 

744
i respect science
but i was raised on magic
the sun still rises

 

 

 

07/14/2014

743
look at the pencil
when facing the end, a dot
and when turned, a line

 

 

 

07/13/2014

742
it was there, now gone
a gray bird, small as a mouse
with after-image

 

 

 

07/12/2014

739
his hands at the keys
then pulling out all the stops
creating mayhem

 

 

 

07/10/2014

737
i want cleaner air
and the right temperature
peace for everyone

 

 

 

07/06/2014

736
the young rabbits play
while the old sit in the patch
munching vegetables

 

 

 

06/31/2014

732
time starts speeding up
like water down a funnel
feel yourself aging

 

 

 

06/15/2014

728
noticing the thing
and the shadow of the thing
moving with the light

 

 

 

05/28/2014

720
my grandfather’s life
what did he think of Hoover
the “party line” phone

 

 

 

05/26/2014

718
some will love part time
focused on themselves and work
a casual love

 

 

 

05/21/2014

717
the mind is aging
becoming soft and slippery
bouncing like rubber

 

 

 

716
God is the word for
beyond imagination
love and outer space

 

 

 

715
colorful circles
inside the largest circle
larger than the sky

 

 

 

05/19/2014

714
we live where the sun
rises out of the ocean
then clouds surround us

 

 

 

713
trees are listening
and the willows are weeping
with our ancesters

 

 

 

05/14/2014

710
the sun is shining
all the lights have been turned on
the dark interiors

 

 

 

05/13/2014

709
move that line a bit
paintings that aren’t working out
move it back again

 

 

 

708
I’ve been living here
waiting for it to happen
the next big event

 

 

 

05/12/2014

707
this is new music
I’ll sit and watch the youngsters
arms above their heads

 

 

705
summers at the beach
winter is bare bone pretty
nature chooses spring

 

 

 

05/07/2014

703
we’re all connected
you, me and the rocks and trees
the air and the rain

 

 

 

05/06/2014

701
she’s young and pretty
I’m old but she turns, smiling
her dog tugs the leash

 

 

 

700
i like to paint fast
relying on happy luck
i have no technique

 

 

 

05/05/2014

698
I’m not in this room
I’m living inside my head
that’s right, I’m in here

 

 

 

696
the heart wants to stop
when the body is tired
or when it’s broken

 

 

 

05/01/2014

695
for food and comfort
a cat gives you what they have
graceful elegance

 

 

 

04/30/2014

693
i bark like a dog
and the cat just turns away
it’s the rejection

 

 

 

691
pretend I’m not here
and forgive me when i stare
i can’t stop looking

 

 

 

04/29/2014

689
going to movies
anonymous, in the dark
with the voyeurs

 

 

 

04/23/2014


686
they say life unfolds
maybe a letter from home
or an old time map

 

 

 

04/21/2014

684
i have been thinking
how best to illustrate time
motion and stillness

 

 

 

04/12/2014

682
hitchhiking that night
i heard, “i want the new boy”
someone said shut up

 

 

 

04/07/2014

679
daddy took pictures
i can smell the polaroids
that special coating

 

 

 

678
like in New Hampshire
that week in sixty seven
a cold, foggy rain

 

 

 

04/05/2014

677
when told to go kill
in some strange, far-off country
be sure to ask, “why”

 

 

 

03/30/2014

674
shameful behavior
saying careless hurtful things
silence and regret

 

 

 

03/20/2014

670
he’s got the money
and looks like Gregory Peck
the TV news man

 

 

 

03/19/2014

669
the black Mr. White
introduced white Mr. Black
to brown Mr. Grey

 

 

 

667
cooling sensations
fragrant oils of the orange
tearing the peeling

 

 

 

03/18/2014

666
flowers in the snow
the air is a frozen scream
winter’s finale

 

 

 

665
a spider’s shadow
i examine the banal
I’ll stop at nothing

 

 

 

03/17/2014

663
it snowed overnight
there is a clean, white stillness
winter waves good-bye

 

 

 

03/14/2014

662
i crawled out of bed
a jackhammer in my head
fractured memories

 

 

 

03/10/2014

660
what would life be like
if everyone gave freely
without jealousy

 

 

 

03/08/2014

658
I’m thinking about
my medicated mother
her twisted hankie

 

 

 

03/05/2014

656
beating the devil
on a tilted playing field
that’s the game of life

 

 

 

03/03/2014

653
we ate Cracker Jacks
looking for that big surprise
a cheap plastic toy

 

 

 

02/26/2014

650
your eyes are happy
rub a stick and start a fire
be warm and content

 

 

 

02/24/2014

648
a winter sunlight
drifts through lazy loblollies
waiting while time sleeps

 

 

 

02/19/2014

646
checking in to find
some ordinary dispair
too much gravity

 

 

 

02/15/2014

645
there is an awkwardness
between the generations
the distance in years

 

 

 

02/13/2014

644
there is a straight line
separating rain from snow
weather map dot com

 

 

 

02/12/14

642
waiting for the snow
when, how much, will there be school
then, thoughts of Key West

 

 

 

641
but you can’t touch it
without doing some damage
exquisite torment

 

 

 

02/11/2014

639
when i was a kid
I didn’t win the pony
i knew it was rigged

 

 

 

638
hating everything
having a “caulfield” moment
feeling pretty smug

 

 

 

637
well, forget the myth
of gender equality
demand equity

 

 

 

02/08/2014

635
fifty years ago
the beatles played sullivan
they had that “something”

 

 

 

634
it’s winter again
we laughed and sang Auld Lang Syne
now we long for sun

 

 

 

02/06/2014

630
yes i have regrets
but I’m halfway out the door
bake your own cookies

 

 

 

629
the repetitions
forgive us our obsessions
as we dull the edges

 

 

 

02/05/2014

628
walking in circles
who’s the jailer holding me
behind winter trees

 

 

 

01/31/2014

626
in the house all day
like a mouse in a shoe box
exploring corners

 

 

 

01/28/2014

620
no more big events
no more infatuations
maybe a sunrise

 

 

 

01/20/2014

616
beyond the pine trees
icy thoughts circle in the
cold winter's night sky

 

 

 

01/14/2014

611
thirty deep knee bends
a few minutes of tai chi
the old cat stretches

 

 

 

01/11/2014

610
nineteen eighty-nine
the last golden toad just died
that’s why i was sad

 

 

 

01/06/2014

605
life’s oldest question
is this as good as it gets?
let’s taste the apple

 

 

 

12/30/2013

601
I’m your long, lost friend
the elephant in the room
the abstract painting

 

 

 

12/16/2013

591
look at your body
you’ll live with it all your life
can you make it dance?

 

 

 

12/15/2013

590
he drew a red heart
and folded it carefully
it’s in her pocket

 

 

 

12/10/2013

586
days filled with loose ends
incomplete conversations
unfinished paintings

 

 

 

12/08/2013

585
the visible parts
and the invisible parts
your strong heart-shaped heart

 

 

 

12/02/2013

582
in your own corner
the quiet stability
walls come together

 

 

 

11/26/2013

579
here’s what i would do
I’d make a new religion
without commandments

 

 

 

578
the mysteries of space
where it starts and where it ends
black holes and comets

 

 

 

577
people get worked up
over simple anecdotes
yeah, that’s what I've heard

 

 

 

11/16/2013

571
when the sun breaks through
after an overnight rain
a brisk morning walk

 

 

 

11/11/2013

567
what if i travel
on the wind, without baggage
a paper airplane

 

 

 

11/05/2013

566
well into the leap
you know you cannot go back
pure resignation

 

 

 

10/31/2013

562
we can push buttons
and kill every living thing
when will we make peace?

 

 

 

10/28/2013

557
which drop of water
smoothed the edges of this rock
who made this highway

 

 

 

10/27/2013

553
the sign says, “future”
and it hangs above the door
the smell of wet paint

 

 

 

10/24/2013

550
Do you think i like
standing here holding my tongue
you blabbering on

 

 

 

10/21/2013

549
when their work is done
they slowly drift to the ground
golden leaves in fall

 

 

 

10/19/2013

548
time drags for children
but it races for adults
it’s the cuckcoo clock

 

 

 

10/17/2013

547
outside the farm house
i listened for the voices
my dad’s childhood home
(aber wer bist du?)

 

 

 

10/12/2013

540
languishing under
a dark, four day nor’easter
the low droning wind

 

 

 

10/09/2013

537
i am bilingual
and know what you are saying
when your lips are still

 

 

 

10/07/2013

536
it’s another day
and the ordinary man
arrives unnoticed

 

 

 

10/06/2013

534
up at night, i hear
the trilling of the screech owl
rhythmic and mournful

 

 

 

10/05/2013

532
i snuggled back down
pulled a cloud over my head
and resumed the dream

 

 

 

533
the sky was so close
stars were almost within reach
from here, on the ground

 

 

 

10/04/2013

531
peeking in windows
watching the holy rollers
childhood summer nights

 

 

 

10/03/2013

530
i just keep moving
but i never burn bridges
I may circle back

 

 

 

09/28/2013

525
it's in the painting
a room with a purple rug
and chamber music

 

 

 

09/26/2013

521
trees releasing leaves
embraced by the autum wind
spinning, drifting down

 

 


522
the baseball heros
with names that are fun to say
like sandy koufax

 

 

 

09/23/2013

515
a chilly morning
and the early yellow leaves
the slant of the sun

 

 

 

514

I’m slow on my feet
after sitting on the ground
markers on a trail

 

 

 

09/17/2013

512
soft a capella
we sang “peace like a river”
from musty hymnals

 

 

 

09/15/2013

511
she’s always smiling
when I see her in my mind
and waving goodbye

 

 

 

09/14/2013

509
morning, noon and night
tomorrows come too quickly
what was left undone

 

 

 

09/10/2013

507
your perfect body
suffers in tragic lighting
play outside and smile

 

 

 

09/08/2013

503
there is a light show
on the back of my eyelids
my ears are screaming

 

 

 

502
the caffine messed with
my circadian rhythm
sleeping on the beach

 

 

 

08/25/2013

500
a lone, sad faced man
pushing a cold shopping cart
with no grocery list

 

 

 

08/24/2013

499
we were hippies then
in torn, faded denim jeans
peace and love, far out

 

 

 

497
the dignified cat
sits on the chair and watches
neighbors walk their dog

 

 

 

 

08/23/2013

494
with choice there is loss
the option that’s rejected
is what might have been

 

 

 

08/20/2013

492
stacks of painted canvas
boxes of works on paper
a broken easel

 

 

 

09/19/2013

490
the house is quiet
with summer almost over
I’m putting on shoes

 

 

 

08/11/2013

489
angry at the sky
why are you being so gray?
go ahead and rain

 

 

 

07/25/2013

488
politicians still
throw young bodies at bullets
someday we’ll say, NO!

 

 

 

07/22/2013

464
I’m a movie star
with a big yacht and mansions
happier than you

 

 

 

07/18/2013

458
we all love the rich
with their zippity do-das
and mausoleums

 

 

 

459
i just read the news
maybe my head will explode
"believe it or not"

 

 

 

07/10/2013

453
nineteen fifty-six
I am pumping kerosene
the snow is drifting

 

 

 

450
my two lives are merged
dreams of my memories and
memories of dreams

 

 

 

07/08/2013

448
awake in the night
something inside me vibrates
maybe it’s broken

 

 

 

07/03/2013

446
it’s Alice Walker
reading poems on T.V.
being beautiful

 

 

 

06/27/2013

444
lost in her Zen world
the boardwalk hula hoop girl
moving smooth like smoke

 

 

 

06/25/2013

443
the peace candidate
savors the taste of power
he's losing his way

 

 

 

06/22/2013

441
what did alfred dream?
platinum prints of georgia’s hands
opening her shirt

 

 

 

06/17/2013

436
some blow the whistle
if they have the evidence
and what would i do?

 

 

 

434
am i thinking thoughts
do i question my questions
am i weighing words

 

 

 

06/11/2013

427
words without a voice
in silent contemplation
that’s your heart beating

 

 

 

06/10/2013

426
rain, sun then more rain
a misty rain for walking
walking without shoes

 

 

 

06/06/2013

424
there is that same tree
is it still a miracle?
it moves with the wind

 

 

 

05/28/2013

420
another pop star
chewed up in the press today
that’s entertainment

 

 

 

418
in sixty six years
i don’t know what i forgot
all the blank spaces

 

 

 

417 (memory from 1970)
sweet smelling head shop
a small, braless hippy girl
selling waterbeds

 

 

 

05/26/2013

416
working on the nest
bluejays fighting for a stick
suddenly they’re gone

 

 

 

415
we all have two brains
or two halves of just one brain
laughing at failure

 

 

 

05/25/2013

414
the self denial
and religious perfection
giving up to get

 

 

 

05/23/2013

413
summer or winter
his color of choice was gray
ambiguity

 

 

 

412
what is she thinking
staring at her reflection
the curve of her nose

 

 

 

411
the world’s gone crazy
so we swear at the tv
take our pills and sleep

 

 

 

05/22/2013

408
they arrive at dawn
the workman with their muscles
low tones and laughter

 

 

 

05/20/2013

406
when the lights went out
we had lots of time to think
so we thought dark thoughts

 

 

 

05/18/2013

404
it was a long rain
yesterday till tomorrow
soft and persistent

 

 

 

403
so what do you do
when your heros lose their way?
you carry your sign

 

 

 

05/16/2013

402
mornings at the beach
the ocean gives birth to fire
old men pick up shells

 

 

 

05/15/2013

400
i open windows
put marks on scraps of paper
then wait for the wind

 

 

 

05/14/2013

398
i paint like van gogh
my brushes dance on canvas
at night when i sleep

 

 

 

05/13/2013

396
everything seemed small
I looked down then and noticed
we were lifted up

 

 

 

394
invisible arms
a still, unbusy presence
enfolded and held

 

 

 

05/11/2013

391
what’s in that black hole
a lot of negative stuff
you feel it pulling

 

 

 

05/09/2013

389
let’s talk about sin
you know, the kind with dim lights
lust and stuff like that

 

 

 

387
sun splashed through wet leaves
like paint on a new canvas
waiting for a frame

 

 

 

05/07/2013

382
stuck between two thoughts
then thinking about that space
a wall with a door

 

 

 

05/06/2013

377
may all world leaders
be less thirsty for our blood
and roll up their sleeves

 

 

 

376
prayers to God of man
the God of dogs and donkeys
the God of spiders

 

 

 

04/28/2013

373
pinhole photographs
catching sunlight in a box
the smell of “stop bath”

 

 

 

04/24/2013

369
kissed by flaming tongues
baptised in the Guilty Sea
held the golden mean

 

 

 

04/23/2013

365
the smell of stale air
and cedar pencil shavings
Miss Martin’s tight bun

 

 

 

04/22/2013

362
we celebrate earth
how much more can she give us?
junk wrapped in plastic

 

 

 

04/17/2013

359
playing the juke box
hanging out at Red’s Twin Kiss
cheeseburgers and Coke

 

 

 

04/16/2013

356
everything was cool
pompadour with Vitalis
pretty girls, laughing

 

 

 

04/15/2013

354
on taxes and death
mailing in my tax returns
a bomb in Boston

 

 

 

04/11/2013

352
Some days, going out
I’d rather wear a burka
just to be a shape

 

 

 

04/09/2013

350
it was ugly art
and i couldn’t look away
charmingly ugly

 

 

 

03/27/2013

339
desperately alone
we all say, “if we had known”
but there was that wall

 

 

 

338
I’m invisible
swimming under the surface
coming up to breathe

 

 

 

03/26/2013

336
cold with wind and rain
dashing to the car i see
daffodils waving

 

 

 

03/24/2013

330
here’s a piece of light
captured back in ‘86
bouncing off your face

 

 

 

03/18/2013

323
life is changeable
I’ve seen snow angels appear
and leave the same day

 

 

 

03/14/2013

318
it’s unbearable
to watch the calendar kill
your last sacred cow

 

 

 

03/12/2013

314
you’re tired of your hair
it won’t go the way you want
your daily routine

 

 

 

02/26/2013

298
I’m thinking about
contracts signed in duplicate
the color of ink

 

 

 

288
my hair was “strubbly”
she wet is down with her spit
then we went to church

 

 

 

02/19/2013

286
we piled in the car
without a destination
sunday afternoons

 

 

 

02/06/2013

270
someone has a gun
and some bullets in their hand
nothing matters now

 

 

 

01/31/2013

267
without small courage
how can you have big courage?
crawling to the dance

 

 

 

01/30/2013

264
we do what we do
like beavers building a dam
seldom asking why

 

 

 

01/28/2013

253
some say there’s hell fire
others invent religion
with happy endings

 

 

 

01/26/2013

248
she touches her hair
her dark eyes glance to the side
a cloud without rain

 

 

 

247
the space between words
and slipped in between the lines
where the meaning is

 

 

 

01/25/2013

245
they hid cigarettes
and I loved to watch them smoke
their virginia slims

 

 

 

01/24/2013

243
search through the bible
and justify anything
your heart knows the truth

 

 

 



242
we’ll turn against war
like we turned against slavery
morals and money

 

 

 

01/24/2013

238
death is curious
we say a hundred goodbyes
or drift off like smoke

 

 

 

01/22/2013

234
he woke from a dream
so real and so dangerous
sleep became his drug

 

 

 

01/20/2013

232
you have a power
people move at your command
tell them who to love

 

 

 

01/19/2013

230
the sound of a flame
the sound of water when still
speaking with our eyes

 

 

 

01/15/2013

221
simon is now eight
and sarcasm first appears
"yeah, that’s right pappy"

 

 

 

01/08/2013

216
she talked of gumption
those who have it, or need more
mother spoke her mind

 

 

 

01/02/2013

209
he pushed to the edge
and he looked death in the face
like winter all year

 

 

 

12/20/12

198
assault rifles are
beautiful, sexy weapons
preferred by the weak

 

 

 

12/09/2012

193
when I think of dreams
i think of my grandchildren
and who they will love

 

 

 

190
somewhere it is noon
someone skip'd lunch to make love
here it is midnight

 

 



189
last night when you slept
i matched my breathing to yours
a quiet love song

 

 

 

187
beauty is power
erotic beauty is a
military force

 

 

 

12/03/2012

184

I dreamed of paintings
in colors that don’t exist
museums without walls

 

 

 


183
imagine free will
trapped inside a bag of skin
with thoughts of regret

 

 

 

12/01/2012

180
love is more like air
than anything substancial
the changing seasons

 

 

 

11/27/2012

175
all our private thoughts
and all the words unspoken
walls made of paper

 

 

 

171
and may God forgive
the killer drones, payday loans
and melting ice cap

 

 

 

11/19/2012

170
the war was over
and my first word was dada
then i said Man Ray

 

 

 

169
there was no one home
except me, so i stood up
and then i sat down

 

 

 

11/05/2012

162
a hole in the roof
becomes something quite different
when it starts to rain

 

 

 

161
how easy it is
to send others into war
and sing their praises

 

 

 

10/23/2012

149
the ambivalence
of this thing or of that thought
the curse of old age

 

 

 

148
brushing thick white paint
over a disappointment
feels like forgiveness

 

 

 

10/02/2012

140
in the forgetting
and in being forgotton
sweet oblivion

 

 

 

139
flirtatious old men
a pathetic thing to see
wild oats bent with snow

 

 

 

09/28/2012

135
from the start, we are
just a disappearing act
old broken tombstones

 

 

 

09/24/2012

134
staring at canvas
art is elusive magic
and slippery as light

 

 

 

09/13/2012

124
normal is normal
odd as it may seem to you
do birds compare songs?

 

 

 

08/25/2012

118
with flag lapel pins
the rich love america
cash in the caymans

 

 

 

08/13/2012

101
everything can wait
as time stretches and unfolds
sunlight on the floor

 

 

 

98
this is a gray day
everything i say is gray
tomorrow is blue

 

 

 

08/07/2012

96
where is the pleasure
when november rolls around
a cold wind blowing

 

 

 

07/25/2012

87
we learned about god
he’s above us in the sky
stars and galaxies

 

 

 

07/13/2012

66
what if i had tools
the kind for fixing the world
a child without food

 

 

 

07/09/2012

64
those cheating cheaters
don’t you hate the way they cheat
squirrels in the bird seed

 

 

 

07/05/2012

60
does the bear wonder
what lies beyond the mountain
we see what we know

 

 

 

06/18/2012

53
bending toward earth
old people will cup their ears
dignified beauty

 

 

 

52
those birds are singing
somewhere off in the tree tops
songs about fat worms

 

 

 

05/22/2012

22
my heart is plastic
wrapped in something made of fat
is everything cheap?

 

 
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