General

Motives on Display

The iconic Macy’s store
in downtown Philadelphia, home
of Santa and the Charles Dickens
Christmas Village, is closed today.
Tomorrow, too. Its trains are quiet. Its doors,
draped in yellow … Read more

The Cook

She says I don’t worry about the war.
I am safe in the hands of God,
who is wholly good and does only good.
I look at her moist, gleaming … Read more

Energy

The Times of Israel

My energy has been kidnapped.
It sits in a dark tunnel, and waits,
eyeless in Gaza.

While I, bereft of energy,
sit in my salon and … Read more

State of a Union

An Abecedarian in Support of Labor

almost instantaneously, anchors across the nation
broadcast updates as Biden, in a UAW baseball
cap, walks the picket line to
demonstrate solidarity with labor … Read more

Smile

I was amazed, stunned, stupefied

To see her at last, hanging there.

But: so small, so puny when I was

Expecting something immense, larger-

Than-life, fit for her worldwide

Reputation, … Read more

Morocco 2023

The Khamsas fall in Moroccan halls
As spirits fly away and mourners pray
Marrakech feels God’s fearful fist
Atlas quakes,
Riads break,
And solace cries
beneath rubble slides
Where missing … Read more

Success

I recently read a book review
of a book called “Brothers and Sisters:
The Allman Brothers Band and the Inside Story of the Album That Defined the ’70s.”
The book … Read more

Phoenix Summer 2023

My feet are burning like sausage in a skillet
with eggs, sunny side up,
I poured my coffee early, but I can’t enjoy the aroma or warmth,
so I let … Read more

Some Lake in Ukraine

The dam broke Wednesday and the Dnieper waters poured.
Now Kakhovka reservoir can’t be fished in, anymore.
That Concrete wall rose 98 feet—98 feet from deep to peak!
Then it … Read more

Holiday

the day
     is in danger of passing without wickedness
                –Frank O’Hara, “Washington Square”

let’s hope tomorrow’s the day
when the substitute newscasters have nothing to say

when everybody everywhere … Read more

On Time

Each night, as the world sleeps, I think. Of Time. Of men and women. Boys and girls. Battleships and battlefields. Wounds that do not heal. Of them — the crochet … Read more

Ask Your Doctor About

Torn between the vault toilet in one direction and a trail in the other, I, too, want to choose adventure. I want to hike and wander and frolic, intestines weightless, … Read more