Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Early September

Strange Day--
Cloudy, but not the usual flat-gray-blanket-cloudy;
Bits-and-pieces cloudy,
But just a handful of moments where the sun peaked through.
One of those warm-and-cool-at-the-same-time days,
A day that feels more like Wisconsin September
Than California September.

A crow flew behind the pines
As I walked past the parking garage.
No feathers were ever so black
As these, so black
Against the bright cloud
That they could have been nothing at all.
An impossible hole in the sky.
I'm sure, now, as I think about it,
That if it had not flown so fast
I could have seen the bright points of the stars
Gleaming far away behind those feathers.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Team Colors

Three of you squeeze into a seat for a cozy two,
Cocooned by your chatter from the texting commuters
(And the occasional cycling enthusiast)
On your way to tonight's game.
Even the backs of your heads look young,
And you in the window seat are so careful
To rest your arm not across the one-and-a-half shoulders
As you huddle together now
On your way to the game.

Monday, June 25, 2012

A Simple, Five-Step Trick

Here's a trick to try out
The next time you have a free minute:

Step One:
Stand where you find yourself.

Step Two:
Take a good look around.

Step Three:
Take a deep breath and slowly let it out.

Step Four:
Using whatever form of locomotion you prefer (legs, wheelchair, etc.), and while remaining perfectly still (this is the tricky part), push against the world until it begins to move past you.

Step Five:
Stop pushing when you find yourself where you need to be.

And have a care to be considerate of others.

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

NaPoWriMo! All over my phone!

I decided to take the plunge into National Poetry Writing Month, prompted by my friend Aidan's facebook update. So I'm already three poems behind, sadly, but I can catch up... Here's the poem I wrote on Aidan's link:

Thanks for this, Aidan!
I've a deep fear of poems
(My own, not others')

But, in every life
There comes a time when we say,
"Ah, eff it, why not."