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The Journey to the West

Though we journey to the West We pray to the East More or less that's the way Each day begins and ends It’s a tale everyone ...

Friday, May 19, 2023

Birthday Poem (now we are 66 and still love to walk along the beach)

Speak now in full froth
As we crest and come ashore
Before laying to rest where
We shall sleep forevermore 
So the waves whispered to me
This morning while I sipped
From my morning coffee 
Down by the beach

More and more nature's eloquence  
Seems to be wasted on me
Garbled on awakening 
With all her best words 
Evading my reach 

One is what one makes
Such is every poet's fate
No matter how the sheaves 
Happen to accumulate
Year after year 

Words cascade 
Along the mind's shoreline
And at best leave behind  
Little more consequent than
This sea-wrack of shells and pebbles
Strewn raggedly 
Across the high strand 
Monuments to impermanence 
Designed not to stand 
But to fall one and all

Sunday, May 14, 2023

Life Perennial

What I love most about
Gardening is that every year
One gets a little more proficient
And likewise willing to undertake
A little more work

Last year the Joe Pie weed
And milkweed took root
Increasing this spring’s bounty

That’s what it means 
To live and think perennially
To suppress and encourage
As needed yet remain
Open to happy accident

To be constantly raising 
The flower bed stakes
And vegetables too

Tuesday, May 9, 2023

The Iris

Before it opens
The iris is flat
And pointy as a stiletto
But when it opens
Oh my god
Suddenly it falls
Extremely agape
Almost shameless
The way it drapes
Itself - which is typical
Blue flower deportment
In point of fact from
Upward striving
In first position
To utter collapse