United States of America

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

Still here

Lying in bed
On a hot August night
Listening to the crickets sing
Through the open window.
I feel profoundly relieved
At hearing them again
In our midst
Because as … Read more

Asian Solidarity

Urbanscape by Jenn Martin

(TW: Small mention of blood and violence from a racially motivated hate crime.)

Discrimination
Silenced my mother’s native tongue
Coated with Biluochun tea
Spoons … Read more

The Last Text

We drove with the sunroof open
So the breeze could tangle our hair.
We rolled through stop signs,
We ran reds as the others did,
And we pressed send on … Read more

City Garden

Image by Laura Daniels

The community garden where I grow tomatoes,
green peppers, zucchini, and gladiolas.
My little piece of heaven – twelve by twelve
what more could I ask … Read more

CLIMATES CHANGE

Disquiet, dis-ease, deceit
permeate the atmosphere,
suspended
like stale smoke.

Trying to navigate the pollution
of fake facts confounds,
as no fresh breezes appear
to clear the murkiness.

Living in … Read more

O, Cool Water

the quencher of perpetual thirsts,
the extinguisher of sporadic wildfires,
the melter of wicked witches,
why besmirch your goodness
with outbursts that flood unwary towns
in a flash, turn docile … Read more

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