Wednesday, March 7, 2018

In the Blue Restless Night

                                           In the blue restless night
                                                                  praying for still waters
                                           my mother comes to me 
                                                            from a place I catch only a glimpse of

                                           In a glass
                                                    I recognize from childhood

                                                                               she offers me a drink

Image: "Midnight Lullaby," Henrik Simonsen

Monday, December 11, 2017

That Winter

                                                   ... that winter we waited / the owl and I

                                                                                   ... til life became something else

Photo: Rob Blair

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Knowing Where I Belong

                                          knowing where I belong

                                                              ... crows above the river

Woodcut: Takahashi Biho

Sunday, December 3, 2017

An Early December

                                                    four a.m.

                                                              ... I lean into the frost

                                                                               ... the cold moon of an early december


Japanese woodblock: Ohara Shoson (Koson), 1927

Tuesday, November 21, 2017


                         For Mary Oliver 

                                            ... filled with grace / her poems embody how I hope to live this life

                          ... some days I come close / other days remind me

                                                                                                            "Thank you. Yes."

 The Return:

Image by Sally Banfill:

Monday, November 13, 2017

Winter Dream #9

                                  Winter Dream #9:

                                   pointing to the ceiling
                                   to something I can't see
                                   my sister says she's going to make
                                   bear soup
                                   I look away
                                   hoping for a small cup
                                   a few sips of his endurance
                                   his strength

                                   he has followed me for so long

Photograph by Todd Hido

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Late Night Search

                                      ... late night search

                                                               ... the boy who left a yellow rose on my windshield

Photograph: Rand

Monday, October 9, 2017

Dog Eared

                              ... I don't mind dog eared pages

                                                                   ... they tell me someone paused / wanting to return

Photograph by Erica Baum

Friday, September 1, 2017

In a Silver Canoe

                                                               ... in a silver canoe on half moon lake ... I drift

                              ... the truth does not come cheap     

                                                                                   ... I've loved too carelessly

Image: Jeremy Miranda

Monday, August 28, 2017

Full Moon

                                                   ... full moon on river road

                                                                                 ... when everything became you

Photograph by Peter Holme III

Sunday, August 27, 2017

All the Ways

                                                   ... standing by your car / smiling into the camera

                         ... all the ways we lie

Photograph by Mara Catalan

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Wild Roses

                                         ... home is a dirt road / wild roses around the mailbox

The photograph is mine.

Friday, August 4, 2017

White Daisies

                                              ... in a small metal pitcher

                                                                 ... a field of white daisies / the silence of the plow


Thursday, July 6, 2017

Summer Camp

                                                                                                   ... summer camp

                                                        ... dining hall
                                                                                   ... bible class

                                                                                                            ... stolen kisses on the raft

                               ... no merit badge again

Image by Anne Liese

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Among the Wild Iris

                                                     ... are you lonely, he asks / do you miss me?

                                ... only now and then

                                                          ... when the deer pause in the evening among the wild iris

Image by Lyse Marion

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Sometimes We Call It Love

                                                          ... it's that time of year again

                             ... cows bellowing for their calves

                                                                                      ... we want what instinct tells us to want 

                                      ... sometimes ... we call it love

Sunday, May 14, 2017


                                       ... in a white blouse and turquoise skirt my mother made me

                        ... I was baptized in Rainy Lake

                                           ... walked back to shore / not feeling anything but wet

Monday, April 3, 2017

One Day

                                                    ... one day you're talking to your dead mother

                        ... next day she's gone

                                                                                                 ... all your dead friends have moved on

                                   ... you're alone ..... no one to talk to but yourself

Photograph by Sally Banfill:

Monday, March 20, 2017

The Barred Owl

                                                           on my neighbor's roof

                                                           the full moon rests ...
                                                           the barred owl asleep in the pines

Friday, March 17, 2017

This Morning, In the Shower

                                                        ... this morning, in the shower

                            ... my breasts against your back

                                                                                       ... you, holding my right hand to your heart

                                             ....... the grief of remembering

Sunday, January 1, 2017

I Might Have

                                               ... with clay from the high uintas you fashioned a pot

                        ... placed it on top of the piano

                                                                                      ... I might have broken it on purpose

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Over Blueberry Pancakes

                                                      ... over blueberry pancakes you talk of the future

                        ... I sit quietly

                                            ... self preservation kicking in

Photo: Counter Cafe

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Dancing to Brook Benton

                                              ... at a bar just off the strip / we danced to brook benton                          

                 ... tenuous life couldn't reach us

                                                                                       ... if I ever get a moment back ... I want that one

Image by Pier Toffoletti

Friday, November 25, 2016

In the Soft Woods



The photograph is mine.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Your Hat

                                                    ... somewhere between Fargo and Sioux City

                            ... you asked me if I liked your hat

                                                              ... I didn't say no ... your Mozart eyes ... your sad smile

Photograph by Gilen Linn

Saturday, October 29, 2016

By the Lilacs

                                   ... behind the Carnegie Library / you took my picture by the lilacs

                   ... I was wearing your chambray shirt

                                                                          ... it was spring ... I thought I loved you

Photograph by Poppy Barach

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

The Great Divide

                                            ... in cutoffs and indian cotton I stand on the great divide

                       ... the summer before the legend 

                                                          ... before I knew the secret / the famous lie

Photograph by Gilen Linn

Sunday, October 16, 2016


                                                     ... immersed in autumn / I walk around my yard  

                                 ... mushrooms
                                                                           ... maples
                                                                                                           ... the marigolds last breath

Photograph Pam Ullman

Sunday, October 9, 2016


                                                    ... fourteen years old

                         ... the cabin on birch lake
                                                                             ... playing blackjack for kisses

Photograph by Harry Finch

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Baskets Return to the Grass

                                               ... baskets return to the grass / pots become sherds

                                  ... still, we walk through meadows

                                                             ... gather white clay along the creek


Image: Claire Basler