Poems

Remembering the Day

Howard Stern was on the radio then, obscenity
for everyone – or was it just reality
in language we could understand? Until a plane

broke through the punchline
to a … Read more

The Old Banyan Tree

Scorched, but still standing
the media said of the massive tree
in the heart of Lahaina after fires
blazed through Maui so swiftly, the sea
offered the best chance of … Read more

Precious Gemstones

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Precious stones held a symphony
In the darkness of the sky.
Music played all around.
Gemstones cut by God above,
Impressive to the naked eye.
The stars glittered for all. … Read more

Climate Change

Jogging uphill
during the first week
of Spring I pick a scene
for you:

native frangipani,
nasturtiums, no, freesias
out of verge-grass thick
with honey;

bees worry
fireweed left behind… Read more

World Cup Winner (noun)

“The worst injury is feeling you don’t belong so much
to you —”
– Claudia Rankine, Citizen: An American Lyric

Lift trophy, receive:
kiss. Synonym for power
lorded over women’s … Read more

Aloha I Ka Hamau

Ka’u mau keiki
Holo! Holo!
Holo i ke kai!
Aia ma luna ou ka hanu o ka deragona,
Ua hoʻolapalapa kona huhū i kou mau ʻāina kapu.
Holo! Holo!
Holo … Read more

Finding The Way Somewhere

There is someone we could ask but they left
Early this morning to beat traffic. We heard gears
Groaning, classifying what type of sound and evidence
To expect as the … Read more

Compass

for Scott Joplin

NPR says MTV

was a 1981 arrival
the August moon

waxing under Leo

Rap has acquired
ragtime immunity

Born in the same
barrack, bordello

no don’t think … Read more

Success

I recently read a book review
of a book called “Brothers and Sisters:
The Allman Brothers Band and the Inside Story of the Album That Defined the ’70s.”
The book … Read more

Handbrake

Every summer the car rolls over a degree
Or two more revealing green limits to heat
Like the dance, you meet your wife
At after the war where bayonet wounds,… Read more

Shocking News Latest Revelations

We can’t of course see what’s
going on in the courtroom but
our sources inside the room are
relaying everything they see.

The most-indicted ex-president
in American history has been… Read more

Scordatura

Image by David Chorlton

Another Sunday best spent
indoors with a view
of the clouds building up and putting on
a monsoon face
only to empty their pockets
and dissolve. … Read more

What She Thought

for Sinéad O’Conner after Heather McHugh

The man who is now a statue,
wore a metal clamp in his tongue
while burned in the public square
for believing If God… Read more

Trinitite

Odd Mineral, not found
in nature, not to be mined,
the name an afterthought.

Roll up light and fire,
cup it in the palms of your hands,
form it like … Read more