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They insist he’s a hero, a champion of all men.
They insist his word is sacred, an oath to follow.
They insist her word … Read more
This Poem’s the GOAT
It is what it is which isn’t
as obvious as it might seem.
Could be your answer
if you’re being cross-
examined for doing the right thing
such as leaving … Read more
A New Year’s Prayer
If I could make a wish
(any longed-for dream at all)
I wish for you
of your tenderness
toward all beings
our fragile planet.
Let our … Read more
Crypto: a new word for Ponzi (or Pyramid)
It’s right there in the name
if you’re capable of … Read more
Fifty minutes to sunset
they appear down the hill onto his land. Sticks metal pipes M16
no faces just eyes intent piercing the air. He held onto his hoe
the … Read more
Lying in State
Celebrity cults on public display
from Academy Award ceremonies
to World Trade Center tributes,
farewell funerals to space station
concerts where droning bagpipes
shatter interstellar serenity; wheezing
bellows nurture reeds … Read more
Man in Flames
The man has been
burned out of his
clothes, out of
the wheat field he
was trying to save
when the wind turned
the flames that outflanked
and overran him.… Read more
Dear reader, I think
I think, therefore you think I am
You think that you think, too.
I like you.
I think I love
you and I know … Read more
Last Normal Outing
We didn’t know if we should be meeting
for breakfast, but there we were,
eating our eggs and toast
with a hefty serving of unease,
the invisible danger lurking… Read more
The Generous Stranger
(For Irpin, Ukraine)
Carried on the back of a generous stranger,
an old woman takes only what she can
hold in her bare hands as they cross
a shaking plank … Read more
Not Over COVID-19
First came a headache to fell an ox,
a dull inconvenience to be sure,
followed by cold symptoms ‘round the clock
which … Read more
A ROSE FOR HER SISTER
She takes the garden shears with her,
Long handles, sharp blades
Crops burn in the Caucasus.
Aurora Borealis shimmers,
Streaming lilac over Chicago.
The irradiated night sky.
She steps lightly … Read more
As Greta Thunberg Says
We go on about
greening and building back better.
Our kids and grandkids say blah blah blah.
Corporations bandy about terms like
carbon neutrality and net-zero emissions.
Those who’ll pay … Read more