Poems

Beloved Child

Almost eight, Amy swims down the lane casually, in a zig-zag pattern,
kicking her feet so slowly they barely leave a wake,
eyes closed as her swim cap grazes the … Read more

Our Thoughts and Prayers

The Tec-9 is fast and light, proved itself
at Columbine.
        (our thoughts and prayers are )
The Glock’s another make will do you well:
Red Lake 10, 27 Sandy Hook, … Read more

Blue Angels

Image by Lois Perch Villemaire

Annapolis, MD commissioning week
it’s a tradition of the US Naval Academy
the Blue Angels entertain, show off skills,
an hour of stunt flying along … Read more

United We Fall

The bodies are piling up
again
as past becomes present
again.
A different time,
a different place,
different victims
and survivors

united
by innocence,
by grief
by failure,
failure
to … Read more

Gundrunk Blues for Uvalde

Bullets pump from the chambers of our magnum hearts
Lead and cordite course through our clotted veins
Poisoned blood singing songs of annihilation
Psalms of death

Our love on sale … Read more

5/25/22

I was impressed
the normally heedless traffic
for a second stopped, unprompted
—some goslings crossing.

I think we all feel a little raw about that.

It was likely the same … Read more

Modern Buffalo

the shooter was mapping out the aisles for weeks
too many buffaloes
we watch how they run
on the hooves of previous days, last
week my friend’s daughter graduated from … Read more

Thirty Pieces

Thirty Pieces
the man in midnight colored cassock murmurs
God’s work is done
thirty pieces jingling
he offers a thousand hosannas
to the prophet
a little foul-mouthed and avaricious, but … Read more

For Deborah Samuel

Image: Vanguard NGR News

You should have picked the salt
from my body grain
by grain before you stoned me
or at least chosen
stones of the same size
and … Read more

A Trace of Light

A trace of light falls upon
the land of Ukraine where
a forgotten child is left alone
with his own private sorrows,
where God has turned His
burning eyes knowing … Read more