Diana eavesdrops on the Coronation
There were three of us in this carriage
and I tip my head to hear
what might remain unspoken.
It’s not the rain, the looming clouds,
bedraggled fans, heads bowed,… Read more
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
The afternoon moves at the stop-start-stop
again pace of the mail van
with its messages from long-lost friends
and freshly minted bills to answer
by the next hundred-degree day
which, … 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
A Week of Shootings
The black kid who rang the wrong doorbell
expecting his siblings is recovering at home.
The white teenage cheerleaders fled
after one climbed in a mistaken car.
One was treated … Read more
On Lies Many Shapes
My 4th-grade math teacher would categorize lies by shape and weight. Headaches on test days were triangles (angles acute and obtuse). Bruised knees and hallway trips were trapezoids (competing sides, … Read more
The seas are alive,
Swimming with life.
Dolphins leaping with grace and precision.
A seahorse clinging to the neon green seaweed,
Manta rays roaming freely and undeterred.
Great whales breaching … Read more
For months, nothing but rain in California.
Rain in California, as unexpected
as a savant’s first symphony, as kindness
from a forgotten foe.
The oaks lean in, slump tons
of … Read more
I have never owned a gun but I stockpile
books which I will lend to anyone who wants
one. The right to reading is the right
to a good defense. … Read more
To Never Know Nana’s Favorite
You’ll always be the story
with an unknown
A plot not allowed to unfold.
A premature climax.
An unlikely protagonist.
An unsuspecting conflict.
A setting of details unwanted.
A … Read more