loose associations

Category: verse

Beyond the Storm

Rough waters, stormy skies, I saw her leave the gale, Sails white against a copper sunset sky. Alone in comical dress against the storm, I followed for a time; She flagged, but did…

The Summer that Was

It was the summer where the giant pool and bounce house stood side-by-side. Where on a one-hundred-degree day you could immerse yourself in the cold water and lean back against the air-filled sides…

Desert Heart

HIKING GOLDEN BROWN HILLS, sun dazzling, dry breeze hot I kneel before a great flat stone and, struck from behind I am surprised to find my heart on that stone, rhythmically Pulsing, wet,…

Second Night Spaces

Our second night together In not too many years Our love, so long enduring, So chaste and pure unless you count The thousand or so lascivious thoughts Coursing through my mind: O! to…

scarlet

with my neighbors’ long since bare I cling to turnéd leaves rust and brown, sere and crisp, yet not surrendered to the ground where others’ have lain, been raked, gone to their reward…

from seed to fruit

WHEN YOU PLANT a tree, it is with the expectation that it will grow But O! so long from seed to fruit: the tender shoot That first sees sun by foot or paw,…

I Have Time

I HAVE TIME to sleep a few hours each night, Time to play two-year-old and five-year-old games, Time to earn a living, attend church, support my communities; Time for cooking, eating, dishes, And…

Fleeting Now

It is not my place; it was his. I honor memory. Pretzels that distracted while pizza cooled are gone, churros now. The rest remains: lines where I held him ’til arms gave out,…

port wine

like a glass of port wine born with a kiss of sun and a spray of slightly salty breeze plucked away, crushed, strengthened in a musty stew filtered, clarified, and casked eight thousand…

a paean to loneliness

where it really happens. craving distraction. wishing for a word, a touch. so desperate that even a television voice would be welcome. but this, this is where it happens. tidying, cleaning, attending to…

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