Sunday, June 29, 2014

Sunday Morning Coffee

                                     ... sunday morning 

                                                                               ... she stirs her coffee / licks the spoon

                                                 ... learning to live alone

Painting by David Larkins

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Bridal Shower

                                                   ... bridal shower

                                                                                   ... blue gingham pillowcases

                                                           ... thirty year ache

Photograph by Erin Kate

Friday, June 27, 2014


             ... white tablecloth / empty wineglass ... morning rain on the peonies

          ... I stand at the window /// petals falling

Photograph by Sarah Jackson

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Do You Believe In Magic

                                                    the dog whines

                                                    he's tired of this john sebastian

                                                    I turn off the fund drive  / put on music

                                                    john when he was john

                                                   and we all believed in magic


The Widow's Broken Clock

            ... worlds away from the widow's broken clock / swans at sunrise on hogganfield loch

Photograph: Edinburgh, Scotland, by Marco Bocelli

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Half Moon Horizon

                                                           head in hands

                                                           he listens to the hum of the refrigerator
                                                           her last winter coat 

                                                           still hangs by the door

Monday, June 23, 2014

The Tilting Barn

                 ... the tilting barn of memory / swallows come and go ...

The photograph is mine.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Warm Sweet Rain

                             warm sweet rain
                             come down on me ///
                             wash me ///
                             wash me clean ///

Friday, June 20, 2014



                                     windswept grave

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Note on the Fence Post

                              ... your note on the fence post ... time yellowed / wind worn ... remains
     ... left there to remind me

                                        ... in the summer of my twenty seventh year love flourished in these fields

The photograph is mine.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Farmhouse Recital

                                                          ... farmhouse recital /// breathless                                                    

                                                                                                   ... my world  / piano keys

                                             ... a new summer dress

                                                                              ... I lean into The Blue Danube

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Dividing the Vinyl

                           ... what we divided with care:

                                            you have the white album / I have revolver

                                            you have bringing it all back home / I have desire

                           ... what we gave away:

                                            lonely teardrops

                                           (your love keeps lifting me) higher

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Honey Moon

                            ... outside my window ... dripping with honey

                                                                                                               ... the full moon's sweet sad face

                                        ///  I close the curtains  ///  ....... I know crazy when I see it

Friday, June 13, 2014

Last of the Rain

                                            ... last of the rain /// tap tap tapping

                                                                                                     ... on the cabin's tin roof

                       ... I sit on the floor / listen

                                                      ... the blue hour gathering in the trees

Photograph by Julia Cho

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Blue Heron Morning

                            island of rivergrass

                            where everything happens

                            blue heron morning

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Some Pain

                                                at the grocery store / I run into an old friend

                                                who's lost her only child

                                                we hug / silently

                                                some pain does not have room for words

Sunday, June 8, 2014


                                                   it wasn't vietnam that got you
                                                   but your motorcycle
                                                   and the streets of san diego

                                                   damn it randy
                                                   I had to debate the value of unions
                                                   without you

Photograph by Mike McGlothlen

Friday, June 6, 2014

At the Edge of the Foothills

                                            ... a burning house / a falling crow

                   ... charred embroidery on a white dress

                                                         ... at the edge of the foothills ... unexpected salvation

Painting by Andrea Kowch

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Home Plate


                              ... autumn / driving by the empty fairgrounds

                                                           ... the baseball field / the silent dugout ... my first kiss

                                      ... now ... wildflowers cover home plate

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

What the World Offers Us

                                                  ... the world offers us so many reasons to be happy
                           ... just this morning sunrise on budding lilacs
                                                                                      ... this peach in my mother's blue bowl

Photograph by Azmina, with her permission. Her blog is here:

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

From the White Pine

                                                       from the white pine across the road

                                                      a gossipy owl calls to let me know
                                                      the pelicans are taking up

                                                      all the room on the river and                                      

                                                      the mailman left a letter

The photograph is mine.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Spilling Sunlight

                ... we walk through the woods my grandfather and I

                                                                            ... to where the raspberries grow wild

                               ... tin pails swinging / spilling sunlight everywhere

The photograph is mine.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Our Shadows Pass

                                              pinions tucked into shoulder blades

                                              I stop breathing
                                              as our shadows pass

                                              on the twilight lit stairs
                                              your black feathered shine ............... receding

Painting: John Sokol