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UVALDE 2022

beloved innocents taken
pour red upon our fragile homes
in morning light spilled with guilt
we fret, we cry, we blame
measure the distance of our fall

a too-late urgency… Read more

Intersection

Image: Election campaign signs (www.ahwatukee.com)

The mountain blushes at the sight
of freedom showing off its underwear
at the corner of 48th and Elliot
where the campaign signs have recently… Read more

No Longer Yours

Dearest politicians,

Don’t call me senseless.
Don’t call me by a different self.
Don’t call me this or that
Or anything else
I can’t stand it,
I have no time—… Read more

Promise Me

that you will put me in a gun
and shoot my loneliness from me
when I turn into a bullet

throw me into a river
so my swimming body can … Read more

Not Now

we challenged you to write about our people who were unjust victims, he said

she knew her dislike of the pleasure of holding onto victimhood

and the image of her … Read more

Around Me

Everyone around me is falling.

Everyone around me is a candle
Caught in a storm.
The earth is graying
With little white lights flicking in the sky.
Trees are heaving … Read more

Hazards

~ I don’t condone human rights violations at all: Phil Mickelson

May your drive slice toward London fog,
vanish in a stand of trees that lie in wait.

May the … Read more