United States of America

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

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

Beloved Child

Almost eight, Amy swims down the lane casually, in a zig-zag pattern,
kicking her feet so slowly they barely leave a wake,
eyes closed as her swim cap grazes the … Read more

Our Thoughts and Prayers

The Tec-9 is fast and light, proved itself
at Columbine.
        (our thoughts and prayers are )
The Glock’s another make will do you well:
Red Lake 10, 27 Sandy Hook, … Read more

Blue Angels

Image by Lois Perch Villemaire

Annapolis, MD commissioning week
it’s a tradition of the US Naval Academy
the Blue Angels entertain, show off skills,
an hour of stunt flying along … Read more