Thursday, February 22, 2018

a different world


they may not have much, a few skyscrapers
towering over packed dirt fields,
the call to prayer five times a day
but they have freedom from violence.
they don't walk to university wondering if 
they will survive the day, whether they said
the last good-bye to friends and family.
their feet are covered in dust as most roads
are not paved, ISIS fighters do not roam
the streets or fly overhead.
they may not have much, but they
have freedom from fear
that is freedom

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

working out in the snow


lifting weights with a snow shovel
no need for a gym
no need for a personal trainer
or fancy yoga pants
no need for fans to cool you
or expensive shoes, no need 
for a car to take you there or
the perfect class on the right day,
today is the perfect day
shoveling snow under blue sky.

Monday, February 19, 2018

slogging through the snow, alone

the snow fell heavily onto my shoulders,
arms and legs, the leaden movement of my bike tires
through inches of fluffy snow, my breath froze
onto my glasses and the world turned white
I was alone on this path of cold and white,
the cars rushed by on the adjacent road
a camouflage of quiet white.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

hangin' out with Tess

she wears pajamas at noon
and frets over whether the banana bread
is overcooked
she notes that she didn't mix the batter very well
we bite into some pockets of salt
and laugh
it's all good.
so we lean over our art work, be what it may,
not particularly attractive, watercolors smeared across
ink and badly drawn on top of it
but as with the banana bread, handmade with love
and delicious

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Eighteen school shootings so far this year


shall we pray again?
send our thoughts and good wishes
to the seventeen kids who just died at
at the hands of a deranged man, angry,
carrying a semiautomatic weapon.
shall we send condolence cards to the
bereaved parents assuring them that
'they're in a better place" where people
can't carry around killing machines.
I never prayed .
I contacted my congressMAN
he never did anything.
so here we are again.
seventeen dead
many more to come.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Monday, February 12, 2018

speaking up

only by speaking up
will evil and hatred be swept away
by warmer winds, those that cradle
but also insist
he is gone now
and we can swing our legs high
with no fear, we can dance under
smiling eyes, he has been swept
away, may he reassemble himself
somewhere and find peace.