Poems

Harbinger

Image: Wreck of the Slave Ship Clotilda (Public domain)

 New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings.
    ― attributed to Lao Tzu “The Old Master,” legendary Chinese philosopher,     Warring States … Read more

Escaped Cobra Owner Jailed

 “If we would have just had a lock on the cage… There wasn’t a lock.”
                        -Lawrence Matl

From an extended stay motel’s breezeway
in Arlington Texas a week after strapping… Read more

Kiev or Kyiv?

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say it in Russian
or in true Ukrainian
the stark fact remains

on the scary brink
of catastrophic bloodshed
we wait for Putin

his fragile ego
breeds ambition to rebuild… Read more

I DON’T SPEAK UKRANIAN

I don’t speak Ukrainian,
no way to read their funnies;
Danila the Demonslayer
or the Red Fury. I can’t read
the letters you sent, Zayda,
in Ukrainian and Yiddish. I’m … Read more

To Be Continued

The news came before I’d entered the first letter
in Wordle; before my first cup of tea, harvested
by the hands of a single mother, praying for a better
life … Read more

ARE YOU COVERED?

A girl in a crimson sweater crossed
my path on my way to the beach.
I offer this girl’s sweater to you.
When I look back at my day only… Read more

Lived Experience

I know what it’s like
to grow up a straight white male
in an intact home

but I do not know
the lived experience of
women, Blacks, gay men,

abuse … Read more

Storm Surge Stories

Historic blizzard on the way. Milk, olive oil, chocolate
bars long gone from grocery shelves. Salt piles wait
in farms beside the turnpike.

Stay indoors. Don’t drive, and
if you … Read more

Not Over COVID-19

Photo of the author by Sok Ho Song

First came a headache to fell an ox,
a dull inconvenience to be sure,
followed by cold symptoms ‘round the clock
which … Read more

Physiognomy

Public Delivery: Converted grayscale

I’m the one with words on my face,
calligraphied by the steadiest hand. I cover-up
those dumb parts that cannot speak, choose not to,
instead live … Read more

In The Breeze

a swirl of ravenous winds,
pummeling down at high velocities
a trinket lost in the damage
a house, a home
more than a million and a half to count
tin … Read more