September 2022

My Body Cries Out

My arms crossed to stop the
Bubbling cesspool of blood
After the attacks on my soul
My body cries out in protest.

Hours go by in mindless pallor;
My heart … 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

To Zhina Amini

That day
a tired voice asks her
to free herself, dance under the city’s
weary sun.
She sings silently for freedom
and lets her beauty shine
across Tehran’s grey streets.… 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

Lemonade

I have been too lazy to make fresh
lemonade for a long time,
but today, I stop at my neighbor’s house
where her six-year-old daughter is learning to be
a … Read more

Don’t leave me behind!

A coffee mug sleeve
Sat comfortably on
The opposite subway seat
Its manufacturer had labeled it well
“eco-friendly & recyclable”
But looked like
The coffee drinker’s divine maker
Had forgotten … Read more

Merrick at the Bat

My job is to call balls and strikes …
    – Chief Justice John Roberts

The outlook was most sunny for AG Garland’s team
Trump’s legal gambit was on its face … Read more