Friday, October 31, 2008


doling extra candy in

her pink pillowcase

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

A Prayer for Holly and Santiago

We celebrate and bless
This love-struck day
And its solemn, joyful
Leap of faith

To Holly and Santiago
Love arrived unbidden,
In a tender gesture or gaze
Silently given

From Wyoming and Colombia
The arc of time and space
Gathered them inevitably
Into eternal embrace

May your love be embroidered
With patience and forgiveness
Adorned in devotion that
Like Cana’s wine is endless

And to mark that first fateful chance
Always make time to dance…
This is me reciting the poem I wrote for my sister's wedding.

river mist

river mist--
scullers row in unison
geese in their wake

Tuesday, October 28, 2008


rings of a spider's web span
the rings of an oak

Monday, October 27, 2008

Windswept prairie

Windswept prairie--
In autumn sage antelope
Prick their ears

Friday, October 24, 2008

Cold rain

Cold rain--
She smoothes her veil
Into place

*My little sister marries today!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Autumn walk

Autumn walk--
Leaves swirl 'round the neighbor's
New foreclosure sign

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Falling leaves

falling leaves—
after chemo, he washes
what’s left of her hair

Friday, October 17, 2008

Falling leaf

Falling leaf--
In its slow surrender

Thursday, October 16, 2008


Stitching a button
This coat another year
Another child

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Harvest moon

Harvest moon--
I recall my own hopeful

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Autumn rain

Autumn rain--
Drawing down her

Dogeared favorite

Friday, October 10, 2008


Deathbed confession
Litany of acts
Left undone

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Autumn proof

with Marty

Autumn proof--
Aroma of rising bread
Leavens the whole house

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Dying light

Dying light--
Her last words linger
In the stillness

Monday, October 06, 2008


First frost--
The young man's voice cracks
For the first time