Tuesday, April 30, 2013

The Last Piece of Summer

                                                       ... early march / snowbound again
                         ... at the bottom of the mason jar
                                                                                ... the last piece of summer

Photograph by Lori Duff

Monday, April 29, 2013

Late Night

                              ... late night / just beyond the porch light 
                                                                     ... in the dark of the car / Patsy on the radio

Sunday, April 28, 2013


                          ... crow walks past puddle / sees only sky

Painting by Anna Tikhomirova

Saturday, April 27, 2013

She Wanders

                                              ... she wanders

                           ... somewhere between the frozen field and quarter moon
                                                                                               ... behind her a trail of half eaten stars

Painting by John O 'Grady                  

Friday, April 26, 2013

Farmhouse on the River

                                            five miles down a dirt road / farmhouse on the river

                                            curtains blowing in the breeze above the kitchen table


                                            lilacs resting by the sink / bare feet warm as summer

                                            these need a drink she says to him / then I'll be right over

                                            forget those flowers honey child   

                                                                                               ... come lay across this table

Photograph by Elliott Erwitt

Thursday, April 25, 2013

That Summer

                                ... that summer / the summer of eighteen and fourth gear smooth

             ... her hand on my thigh

                                       ... headlights unfolding the highway

Poem by guest poet, Cletis Stump  twitter.com/cletisthepoet 

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Fragile as a Child's Heart

                               ... japanese fan / fragile as a child's heart ... cherry blossoms on paper

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

On Her Way to Love

                                                                     ... on her way to love
                                           ... she crosses the fence line

                                                                                               ... deep footprints in the snow 

Artist: Dan Schultz, charcoal on paper. Please visit his website for more beautiful images: danschultzfineart.com

Monday, April 22, 2013

The River of Longing

                                    ... we float down the river of longing on a raft of fallen leaves ...

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Bluebells in the Snow

                       ... on a ridge / ... sloping to the sea / bluebells in snow                  

Photograph by Terry Glase: montucky.wordpress.com

Saturday, April 20, 2013

A Seafaring Stranger

                                                                                                                                          dream #2:

                                         ... a seafaring stranger

                                                                       ... left a crystalline vase on the beach

                        ... your new world is inside he whispered


This beautiful vase was both created and photographed by Peter: opopots.blogspot.com

Friday, April 19, 2013

Requiem for White Roses

                                                                                                                                          dream #1:

                       ... an atrium with white walls ~ eight sides

                                                                                            ... a grand piano in the center

                                  ... I sit down and play

                                                                      ... requiem for white roses 

Photograph by John-Morgan

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Heron Sings

                                                                                ... heron sings in the river

                                ... ocean swallows the moon

Photographer unknown

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

On a Montana Mountainside

            ... on a montana mountainside / protected by twelve gods 

                                                      ... snowflakes on purple petals ... the dark throat of a shooting star 

Photograph courtesy of: montucky.wordpress.com

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

White Sails on a Dark Ocean

                                                                    ... beneath a dipper of stars
                                        ... bed sheets left out on the line

                                                                                                  ... white sails on a dark ocean

Photograph by Margaret Bourke-White

Monday, April 15, 2013

Harbor Town Lonely

                                                              ... harbor town lonely

                  ... drunks washed upon cobblestone

                                                                                                    ... late night / falls into morning

Poem by guest poet, Cletis Stump:  twitter.com/cletisthepoet

No attribution available for the photo of Annapolis, Maryland

Sunday, April 14, 2013

On the Banks of the Knife River

                                      I fell in love with a man while watching him lace his leather boots

                                      left my phone number in pencil on the wood outside his door

                                      Years later he called me from his tepee on the banks of the Knife River

                                      where he slept among the cottonwoods

                                      In the fall he returned with a piece of flint / warm as the sun

                                      and placed it in my open hand


My reading of this poem on public radio KAXE:

No attribution available for the photograph.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

A Thousand White Pelicans

                                                                                                ... the night he passed

               ... a thousand white pelicans lined the shores of the river

                                                                                                                ... lifted their wings to say goodbye 

                               ... a few days later a package arrived

                                                                                     ... his white shirt wrapped in tissue paper


The photograph is mine.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Old Metal Pail

                                                                    ... old metal pail

                                       ... dipper filled memories

                                                                                       ... cold water from a deep well

Photograph by John Vachon

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Bare Feet on the Cow Path

                                                   ... bare feet on the cow path

                     ... wild strawberries in the pasture
                                                              ... lying beneath the cottonwoods ... bellies full of summer

Image: "Cottonwoods," by Ginger Whellock, all rights reserved. Please view her website here: gingerwhellock.com

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Across the Great Prairie

                                                        ... across the great prairie / buffalo hooves

                           ... the rhythmic thunder of time

                                                                        ... listen ... listen ... our ancestors are speaking

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

How Many Tears

                                                                 ... how many tears will fit inside
                                            ... my grandmother's blue willow tea cup

                                                                        ... this small cup / that once held snowflakes

Japanese woodblock print by Kawase Hasui

Monday, April 8, 2013

He Died Last Week

                              ... he died last week / alone in a nursing home

                                                                                   ... this man who once fanned nineteen men 

        ... men who could knock the cover off the ball

Poem by guest poet, Cletis Stump: https://twitter.com/cletisthepoet

Photograph by Scott Silver

Sunday, April 7, 2013

My Mother

                                          ... my mother is gone                                    

                                                                          ... still ... there is the red winged blackbird
                                     ... who arrives with the last snow of spring 
                                                                   ... spends summer along the river

The photograph is mine.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Tributaries and Rivers

                                                           ... tributaries

                             ... rivers etched in green

                                                                           ... topography in a leaf

Friday, April 5, 2013

An Overturned Piano

                                                  ... an overturned piano's last note

                      ... a theater fallen silent
                                                                     ... endless empty windows

                                                                                                                ... a broken clock at closing time 

 Photograph by Yves Marchand and Roman Meffre

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Feathers Fall from Rooftops

                                                        ... feathers fall from rooftops

                       ... where angels crouch behind neon signs
                                                                            ... watching the girl mistaking loneliness for love

Photograph by Peter Lindberg

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Between Poetry and Silence

                                                   ... between poetry and silence

                          ... I lie down in cool water

                                                                                         ... rest ... in the foothills of summer

Painting by Jonathan Green