Category: Poetry

Black Lives Matter in My White Life

Like my grandfathers,
I’ll tend this garden
out of control before us,
pull out the weeds
fertilize the land
and plant good fruit.

Make A Ripple

On September 12, 2001
I stood before my class
of confused and scared third graders
and lied.

Baby Steps

BIG CHANGES in small steps.
Like the man who bargained
from a red paper clip
to a house.

Forecast

A poem in honor of the first snow day of the winter.

Patient Companion

Brown pleading eyes so hopeful so earnest. I can hear her thoughts, I’m ready! Just give me the sign! I won’t let you down. She’s distracted. I’m focused. I pick up my pen. She lays by my feet waiting for the inevitable writer’s block.… Continue Reading “Patient Companion”

Mission Accomplished

This is the face of satisfaction: Computer shut mission accomplished satisfied. But it’s really like this: 258 free verse poems roughed it’s an ugly baby right now but it’s complete! And it doesn’t take long to feel like this: What’s next? Reading Wired for… Continue Reading “Mission Accomplished”

Confession

I have a confession to make. I broke the cardinal rule of writing a rough draft. I’m ashamed to admit it, but I had to do it. I read my entire MS. I know, I know. Full steam ahead. No looking back. But I… Continue Reading “Confession”