TO KANSAS Kansas, you were once a beacon of freedom in the heart of the nation. You made the slave masters quake with rage and fear. What are you now? Homeland of reactionaries, those who would deny freedom, those who would close the books to truth, shout down individuality, suppress free thought, just like the … More TO KANSAS
The only sounds are forced air through vents, the cat crying from room to room and, in the distance, traffic on the interstate. On the table: my tie, a turkey and cheese sandwich, an apple, Mishima’s The Decay of the Angel, and my satchel in which to carry it all. For breakfast, the usual: a … More Still Life with Daffodils
As we careen toward whatever future our so-called modern society has painted us into, do the Ancients watch and wonder if we know the way? I try not to analyze, but as age creeps on, I face toward the past as much as the future. Mind wanders paths walked by banished immortals, my axis tilts … More POEM WRITTEN IN THE YEAR OF THE ROOSTER
He struggles to fetch a word. You can see it in his face— the word is in his brain trying to get out, but can’t find the right path in the neural network. Sometimes a wrong word comes out. He sees our puzzled looks, realizes it and laughs. I wheel him through the nursing home … More MEMORIES OF WORDS
… reading the latest issue of Thief literary magazine. The theme is “feast” and all the short stories and poems are food-related in one way or another. My poem “Chair on the Side of the Road” is in this issue. Salut! Enjoy! http://tribemedia.org/thief-issue-3-feast/
WHERE DOES THE CHILD SLEEP TONIGHT? Where does the old man sleep tonight? In his stately home on a quiet street, away from the city’s noise, the stress of governing and calculating returns on investments, market shares and margins, collateral damage. Where does the child sleep tonight? In her mother’s arms in the desert night, … More WHERE DOES THE CHILD SLEEP TONIGHT?
As I mentioned in my post on February 11th (February Poetry Prompts), I’m participating in a daily exercise in which we receive 10 words drawn from a newspaper article to use in a poem. My poem for February 14th took on something of a Valentine’s theme, although not in the usual way. Maybe it’s an … More A Valentine’s Day Poem (sort of)