United States of America

Baby Bump

Fairy Tale

They want to help name you
Applaud gestation not know you
Two parts now three of you
Ill-equipped with lullabies for you
twinkle-twinkle and all that
A tiny … Read more

Crush Depth

Rich man’s ease devolves
to boredom, then to restless
annoyance, propelling high-priced,
high-risk adventures, in places

high or low, as chance may offer
and fate may choose—the “I-only”
ego can … Read more

The Sky is Blue

I walked the dark tunnel in shades of grey,
followed my friends’ voices into the day.
What is this brightness, warm upon my eyes?
No longer caged, my hopes, my … Read more

Too Late

Too late for the tomato plants,
the basil, the irrigation system
lying in a broken tangle
in the weedy front yard.

Too late to get enough sleep,
to eat right, … Read more

When they kick in

your instincts may lead you
to the ocean’s floor or
the banks of a sandy beach,

whether you’re a fish
or human, or some species
in between. You may be … Read more

Going Deep

How far down can you go
before colliding with your dreams?
Do they sink, will they float,
can you strap them on and fly
where nobody has flown before.
Is … Read more

Eratication

Rat crime is rampant in New York City,
and a crackdown has come that isn’t pretty.
Trash can no longer go out before eight,
but for many small businesses, that … Read more

Up Early

No sooner have the finches
arrived at the feeders
than morning news breaks out of
the television screen
and an accounting begins of the overnight
shootings from Mesa (three dead,… Read more

Goliath

(comes to ‘town hall’ New Hampshire)

Photo by Jeremy Nathan Marks

Tonight, we were struck
in the head and left for dead
the referee didn’t bother
to count because the … Read more

Space

A grapefruit-sized meteorite
crashed through the ceiling of a bedroom
in a New Jersey home, and people are barely
talking about the circumstances of the intrusion.

Maybe there are too … Read more

Empty Folders

No prior Prez has smuggled docs,
concealed in boxes among his junk,
containing so much secret stuff,
and now they’re seized, he’s in a funk.

He claims the docs belong … Read more

Don’t Take my World

Today I walked familiar streets,
stood where avenues cross,
where people meet.
I smiled at a lady with a toddler in hand,
bought a pretzel at the corner stand,
saw … Read more