Saturday, November 10, 2018

My Pine Now

For Marian and the Toads

Cherita is a six-line poem in three stanzas. First stanza is one line, second stanza two lines, third stanza three lines. The idea is to write a short story in six lines. 

i saved you from a gruesome death

after auctioneers took 
whatever they wanted 

leaving nothing but you in all
your spindly sparseness
and look at you now

Friday, November 2, 2018


i am a little church(far from the frantic
world with its rapture and anguish)at peace with nature
-i do not worry if longer nights grow longest;
i am not sorry when silence becomes singing  
e.e. cummings

there is a look -though 
it should cause anguish I have 
watched as loved ones passed -their faces 
hopeful peaceful and I heard singing

a favorite poet for the toads

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Play Ball

Begins tonight!

When summer fun has ended
and autumn leaves begin to fall
baseball takes the center stage
~  the "greatest show of all"

Frenzied fans soon pack the stands
they scream and shout and cheer
~ time for the World Series
best games of the year

Fans keep track on scorecards
each pitch and steal and run
fifty-four outs - nine innings 
or 'till the game is done

Eyes trained on the umpire
it's three strikes and you're out!
no spit balls, scuff balls, mud balls
umps must leave no doubt

And when the games have ended
a champion has been crowned
fans know they've witnessed something
something quite profound

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Notebook(s) Poetry

Poetry for my Family
Hundreds of Poems
{ Time to begin a new book }

For the Toads

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Color me Green

Color Me Green

green signals go
escape and goodbye
time it is flying 
shapeshifter am I
transformed by steep mountains
forests deep green
crisp fresh air and rivers

unspoiled and clean
green means renewal
harmony .. life
an absence of malice
conflict .. strife
color me greenly
from head to my toe
carry me gently to
where the winds blow
moving and changing
I'm staying alive
green is my color
the place where I thrive
folks call me spunky
I shout and I sing
won't settle for stasis

motion’s my thing

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Ah ~ Caprese!


Caprese how do I love thee
let me count the ways/cities:

A Caprese virgin in Chicago
the combo of tomatoes, basil, olive oil, mozzarella, fresh pepper and balsamic ~ hooked forever 

years passed ~ ordered my fave 'round the world 
big cities, tiny towns, small hamlets 
so many, so many variations on the
Caprese theme I lost count

and when I thought I had tasted every possible variation ~ 2016, Florence Italy

real deal, sure thing, no competition
gobbled down the all-time, hands-down
award winning Caprese

might have been the city, the dashing waiter who served me, the Chianti ~ no matter

we know what’s on the menu today

Friday, August 24, 2018

Smoke Rings

Reference point ~ the last line of an e.e. cummings poem: 
“in the street of the sky night walks scattering poems”

smoke slips a 
ring on the finger 
of the setting sun
no happily ever after
sadly an
eerie death sentence 
in summer's evening sky

Monday, August 13, 2018


I was a crooked line
straight and narrow
 not the path I chose 

over the edge
felt a little naughty
a lot more fun 

straight and narrow
might have won the game
sealed the deal 

'twas not for me
not my cup of tea
I was a crooked line

Monday, August 6, 2018


Adolph de Meyer (1908)

beauty has lost its purpose
bent once, twice, thrice

imagine if you will
the climb uphill 

after each fall
standing tall

standing tall

Friday, August 3, 2018



see all her faces
identical it would seem
variations on a monotonous theme
which face is real
how could it be
probability exists
there are many like me

Sunday, July 29, 2018


1959, Daytona Beach ~ Me

goldilocks fears the ocean
because she cannot see the other side
tiptoes into the surf
wonders how far is too far
 how far is not enough
how far is just right 
relieved retreat is always an option

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Whee, It's the Weekend!

In Memory of G-Man, Galen

what if
we remembered
Galen's rally cry
what if
for one weekend
we let loose
had a kick-ass weekend
stopped the sniping and back-biting
what if
we got real
had that kick-ass weekend
committed to forty-eight hours
of good will, peace and harmony
 ... can you imagine?
Galen could.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

A Week in my Life

The tetractys was invented by Ray Stebbings, who says this about the form: “Euclid, the mathematician of classical times, considered the number series 1,2,3,4 to have mystical significance because its sum is 10, so he dignified it with a name of its own--Tetractys. The tetractys could be Britain’s answer to the haiku. Its challenge is to express a complete thought, profound or comic, witty or wise, within the narrow compass of twenty syllables.” 

The days pass
Week after week
A Sunday kind of love, ready, set, go.  

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Summer Rain ~ ryokuu

The Japanese have 50+ words for rain ~ I chose ryokuu, summer rain

image ~ pinterest

take me
in the rain
under a tree

no thunder
no flash of light
falling rain
the soundtrack

lost whispers 
muffled moans 
under a tree

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Self Talk

"Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life"
Mary Oliver ~~

in the brief minutes
between darkness and sunrise
possibilities seem endless.
change my latitude, attitude  
I have grown complacent
too comfortable with routine
avoiding risk ~ rattling cages
{in a former life, my claim to fame}  
deep breaths, Helen 
follow the sun, regroup
then change again 
should it suit you 

Friday, February 16, 2018

Hallmark Moment

What’s a gal got to do
To score a Valentine’s treat
I've searched high and low
Up and down every street!

Nary a warm blooded male
No dude in sight
Young one - old one
A veritable blight!

So here I settle on
This old cowpoke's lap
What does that make me
A Hearts and Flowers sap!  

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Strike a Pose

                                                         Circus, Budapest, 19 May 1920 ~ Andre Kersetz                                                                                   

eyes averted
they face a wall

unable to fathom
what is happening
to their world ~~

ignorance is bliss

Sunday, December 24, 2017

V is for Values

values ..
many argue
on social media ~
I prefer life above the fray
I refuse to jump on board the hate train
filled with thoughtless know-it-alls who
pounce hard on anyone
with differing
values ..

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Merry Merry!

A bit of Holiday Fun!  

Enjoy ..... if you can get past the poor audio/video synch. 

Wishing everyone a joyous Holiday Season and the best New Year ~ ever!

Monday, December 11, 2017

yin and yang

A Burmese poetry form ~ Than-bauk
Three lines, four syllables each, 
R represents the ryhming word
x x x R
   x x R x
x R x x

the need to roam
far from home a
syndrome complex

feet on firm ground 
homeward bound and 
I've found my peace

much to be said
for soft bed and 
well fed stomach  

Friday, November 3, 2017

Get Listed ~ November Edition

he said his heart would be outed
his secrets exposed ..
if the world read his poems  

I encouraged him

at night, alone in my room
blinds drawn, no one near ..
I devoured his poetry

wondered how it could be
he exposed, outed
my desires, my secrets ..

lips touched
flesh pressed against flesh ..
my friend and me

the way I knew it would be

Friday, August 25, 2017

So Far Away

"So ~ you've been making love to me ten thousand miles away ~  how tantalizing"

Griffin & Sabine ~ An Extraordinary Correspondence
Nick Bantock

I see you in the morning sun
And in the moonlight's beams.
I see you on a sandy beach
And in my nightly dreams.

I hear you, touch you, taste you
My every sense you please.
I feel you all around me
In the gentle evening's breeze.

Friday, August 11, 2017


this is me
the me 
you cannot see
the me 
you do not know

I always thought 
I would be
hard to leave
now I see 
the opposite is true

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Hot Stuff

I’m dead I’m gone
(One tiny Glitch)
Of this I am quite sure
Landed in a no-fly zone
Karma's quite a bitch

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Lighter Than Air

Karin Gustafson ~ Artist

swing your gal
up off the ground
swing your lady
round and round
meet your partner
bow down low
then do-si-do

three steps forward
back again
kiss your partner
mind that grin
allemande left
allemande right
lighter than air
now hold her tight