A Romantic Evening

Things we do not desire, which I do not prefer to list, do exist in this universe but not in here, where our hands are touching like water touches the surface of the Earth as we float a little, on a black, leather couch and watch a fictional cop and a criminal shooting bullets at … Continue reading A Romantic Evening

Geographical Preference

Jewel and Israel were on their third date, driving from East Windsor to Ocean Grove in Israel’s new, red 2015 Volkswagen GTI. He lamented letting go of his dark green 1997 Saturn S Series SW 2. What an irrational attachment to that vehicle he had—even to the name, “Saturn”; like the Mercury cars, it made … Continue reading Geographical Preference


Once a lover of sweltering heat, humidity, palm trees, thunderstorms and the sea, now I prefer the freezing cold, blizzards, mountains, hills, meadows and prairies.   The way we can and sometimes do evolve fascinates me- like watching the seasons in temperate climate zones change, watching people age, fire burning wood into ash and smoke. … Continue reading Graduation

President Obama

January, 2016: I see President Barack Obama crying.   Small splotches of white salt under his dark brown, snowy night eye seem dabbed on there by a paint brush; of course, it’s just the light reflecting off his evaporating tears.   The photo was taken by Jim Watson for AFP/Getty Images when President Obama was giving a … Continue reading President Obama

The 2018 Midterms

Now everything’s a little upside down, as a matter of fact the wheels have stopped What’s good is bad, what’s bad is good -Bob Dylan, “Idiot Wind”   “‘Can one be well while suffering morally? Can one be calm in times like these if one has any feeling?’” -Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace   This … Continue reading The 2018 Midterms


“Don’t fret  Warriors will keep alive in the blood” -Simon Ortiz   The fight for justice…hands stretching, muscles tearing, reaching for the sky- daunting, tempting to surrender, and submit, assuming futility, but people walked on the moon, made a vaccine for malaria, polio, and other diseases.   I contemplate my White Privilege, resenting every remnant … Continue reading Kavanaugh


Music plays on my Apple laptop…the back reads: “Designed by Apple in California Assembled in China.”   According to the “executive summary” for the China Labor Watch Website “workers making the iPhone” are exploited, paid just $1.85 per hour.   (Compare to my $11; compare to $7.25, America’s minimum wage).   The Guardian reports that the … Continue reading Art

The Skyscraper, Not the Cold, Bitter Wind

Mark Holland, he owned the hostel where I could no longer afford to lodge; with grace, he insisted I stay.   Mark treated my poems like hundred dollar bills; If I read them to him, and listened to his lectures on music, I could stay, and food was on him.   One night, Mark was … Continue reading The Skyscraper, Not the Cold, Bitter Wind


  Walking helps me meditate.   My thoughts: streaming, roaming, like wind, or birds flying.   No obligations… except to walk, and meditate.   The sky, a sheet of blank white paper.   I wish it would snow.   Yes, let winter arrive early!   Make it colder.   Cold air, so blunt, stimulating, ordering … Continue reading Perambulations

Exclamation Point

What the hell… do these “history teachers” …teach?   “Texas officials: Schools should teach that slavery was ‘side issue’ to Civil War,” says a Washington Post headline.   “Side issue?”   In the midterm elections, several Republicans sought to stifle the Black and Native American vote.   A few weeks ago, we witnessed… the worst… … Continue reading Exclamation Point