Saturday, February 4, 2017

Write Against Wrong and Triplespeak

Write against wrong
or be quiet?
Swallow the bitterness
and anger
or speak?
There is no safety
in silence.
So, I ask:
why are we
making America mean
while schoolyard bullies
pretend to govern?


Unsure doublespeak
covers it.
Lying about lying
about lying
needs it's own category-


Thursday, January 26, 2017

Shrinkage No More plus Don't Agonize, Organize

"Some shrinkage may occur during shipping."

Shipping shrinkage
might be acceptable
for cereal
and other items
but I am
standing still.
No shrinking necessary,
did too much in past -
here, let me make sure
I'm not too loud, soft,
hard, quiet, big, little.
Let me get smaller
in case you need
more room.
Shrunk myself
for too long-
no more shrinking!

Don't Agonize, Organize

Things to organize:
my closet.
Give unneeded items away
to someone who needs them.
My thoughts:
so I can pen letters
to elected officials.
My heart:
so I don't become
what I dislike.


Monday, January 16, 2017

Coronation/Inauguration plus haiku

The Lyin' King
will be crowned
this week.
He will continue
to make noise
and preen
his golden mane
amidst bluster
and bluff,
trampling truth
in his hunt
for admiration
and domination.
I am not cowed
by his roar
but I am afraid
my own weariness
will lead to

The composition:
a study in black and white-
a raven on snow.


Sunday, January 8, 2017

Solitary Bird*

Was the single
Pacific Wren
jealous of the
thousands of
Bohemian Waxwings?
Did the lone
Common Goldeneye
feel uncommon?
Does the
Song Sparrow
mute it's melody
envying the mass
of Common Redpolls?
What to make of the
coincidence of
Three-toed Woodpeckers?

*inspired by the 2016 Anchorage Christmas bird count


Friday, December 30, 2016

For the New Year

If You're Moving...

At the end of
a disheartening day
I slunk into
my first-ever Zumba class.
flailing my arms and legs-
no grace here.
Feeling my confusion
the young woman
next to me said
"If you're moving,
you're doing it right."


My Shi-ty Little Life

How can my
very same life
go from shitty
to shiny
in five minutes?
Took my little life,
shook it up,
turned it over.


Friday, December 23, 2016

Holiday Exultations

Don't get your tinsel in a tangle. Breathe..
Don't worry if your cookies crumble. Relax...
Don't meltdown under the mistletoe. Stay mellow...
Don't let your poinsettia wilt. Stay hydrated...
Don't let your ribbon unravel. Refresh...
Don't crush your candy cane. Celebrate...
Don't get your holly in a hassle. Hope...
Don't get your wassail in a whip. Let it go...
Don't get your bells in a jangle. Keep it simple...
Don't let your ornaments be an obstacle. Be grateful...
Don't let your tree topple. Stay balanced...
Don't let presents predominate. Give presence...


Sunday, December 18, 2016

Solstice -Reflections on Light


Soon the black balloon
of the day
will spring a tiny leak,
the darkness dribbling out
slow at first
gaining speed
the balloon shrinking
and shriveling
until the sun
grows into a
fat ball of a day.

Whole Lotta Dark!

Dark 26 hours
a day now.
"Not possible"
you say.
Am using the
perceived light index.*

*think wind chill factor

It is way dark now.
This can only mean one thing -
the light is closer.