Monthly Archives: April 2016

30 Poems in 30 Days

Heuristic We see what we want to see Human nature’s best guess, Rorschach and Roshomon Holding hands on the street corner, Hoping you will gaze in their direction, Looking, but not seeing. #Poem24     Like Sugar Rolling by the … Continue reading

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Playing the Woman Card

Don’t look now: media are priming us. Priming in the same sense that you prime a pump by activating the flow of water. When you want to extract water from a well, you first need to “prime the pump” by … Continue reading

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What is courage?

Today’s news made me wonder: how do you define courage? I heard a report that one of the US presidential candidates was “strong” and “courageous” after taking on the gun lobby No doubt it takes guts to get behind sanctions … Continue reading

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Rain so Hard

Rain so hard Soaks the shoots Stones the rocks Pummels the peonies Violates the violets Then stops Like a weary boxer Spent Leaving pools of damp Poem 23 Woodcut by Kawanabe Kyōsai  (1831-1889) titled “White Heron in the Rain” from http://risdmuseum.org/art_design/objects/5115_white_heron_in_the_rain_uchu_sagi?context=9&type=galleries

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Meta I, II and III

Meta I When we dig deeply into thinking, Crack through the shell Burrow into the meat, We reward ourselves. A pat on the back But don’t stop there. Go deeper Up to your armpits, And when you are ready Take … Continue reading

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Garden Fever

When I have spare moments I bike to our local garden store Thick with greenery and Tchotchkes made of brass and glass, Ornaments molded overseas To make your garden festive Like Christmas   And walk aisle after aisle Coveting the … Continue reading

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Wahkon-Tah Haiku

  I pour tea into An orange cup, so petite For Wahkon-Tah, so big #30poemsin3days #poem18

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30 Poems in 30 Days

My weekend poems took shape on the train ride to Seattle and return, and while we soaked up the sunshine in outdoor cafes, I tried to keep up with the 30 poems in 30 days promise. Poem 15 Safe Weekend … Continue reading

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Tastes like home

Sometimes I buy tinned mints For travel or boredom They remind me of youthful years in England Where we would pass by the sweets shop On our way home from the train And pop in for a gander At the … Continue reading

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The Boycott Bandwagon

When Bruce Refuses We Listen In refusing to perform a concert in Durham, Bruce Springsteen is using age-old techniques to hit where it hurts: in the pocketbook. When news that North Carolina legislators approved a law that enables discrimination of … Continue reading

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