Mow Down

Published in Offshoots 12 — Writing from Geneva

I can see my little boy
squatting in his sandbox
with pine cone people
guarding stick forts
for an afternoon
in the shade
feeding chickadees
watching squirrels race
along the picket fence
that keeps out.

I see him – now –
hunched on red sofa
with game console in hand
splattering bodies of blood
for an afternoon
in the dark
feeding on ugliness

the chickadees go hungry
while squirrels race
along the picket fence
with slats missing.

Mother-Daughter Tankas

Published in Offshoots – Writing from Geneva. Mother to Daughter: Tanka poem to me from my mother, Eve Joanne Linger Hamblett Cassatt:

To Faraway Child at Christmas

Grandfather clock strikes
dinging through the silent house.
Faraway Child, know
in my heart I hold you closer,
perhaps, than when you were here.

Daughter to Mother: Tanka answer to my mother from me:

To Mother from my Garden in May

This morning, Mother,
I caught you hiding in my
white lilac bushes
slowly breathed in your absence.
Dewdrops trickled down my cheeks.

Summer Supper Menu

Thrilled that this poem was featured by National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo) 3 April 2015. The generative prompt was from the preceding day:   “…Today, I challenge you to take your gaze upward, and write a poem about the stars… Any form or style will do.”


peach and cherry sunset cocktails

rimmed with slices of fresh silence


skyful of shooting stars with

lucky tails to slurp like spaghetti —

plenty of stardust sauce to splatter


darkest chocolate sky-pie

to nibble and lick towards infinity

until there’s nothing left to do

but roll over into a spoon.

Everyday Haiku

Everyday Haiku
Everyday Haiku, were first published in Everyday Haiku: an Anthology(2014)


swiss snowflakes don’t fall
they alight on chosen sites
divine precision


it’s a bit like this —
stray thoughts wrap around my brain
squeeze out poetry


cows bow for thick licks
silver frosted field at dawn
grass popsicle treats


lounging on chaise longue
spring’s tender warmth envelops
growing going on


spring birds twerp off key
winter’s monotone silence
requires tuning


pitter patter quench
mud rows cup deep steeping wet
spring sips its field tea


forecast’s blunder slipped
mistook rain’s claim on the day
mist took advantage


forsythia star
light shooting through the bleakness
make a wish for spring


our liquid lips sipped
each other for that first kiss
we remain unquenched


wishes liquefied
she poured hope to dull edges
in the wineglasses


kitchen wreckage states
last night’s sworn testament in
dinner party dregs


The Morning After

Rock & Sling’s literary magazine created a special post-election USA 2016 issue, Vox,  which happens to include my poem, “The Morning After” written the day after the election.

So. It’s Nov. 9. I’ve got a plan.
I’m going to get a plump chicken.
Smear that sucker with loads of butter and watch it slow roast.
Then watch it cool.
I’ll pick it clean. And I mean right down through the sinew to the bone.
I’ll throw the carcass into a pot and watch it boil for a while.
I’ll scoop out the bones and watch the liquid reduce.
Once it’s down to gravy-material, I’ll add a bit of flour, stir, then drop after drop of milk and stir until smooth.
I’ll call Luna, my golden retriever, and fill another pot with water.
We’ll watch some potatoes boil for 20 minutes.
We’ll watch them cool.
Then I’ll pour the chicken gravy on the potatoes and give them to her.
I abhor chicken gravy but Luna adores it.

Hide and Seek at the Bataclan

Hide and Seek at the Bataclan, featured by The Society of Classical Poets (New York). Paris, 13 November 2015

The hiders: cheaters with suicide-belted access
to ethereal hiding places — traceless
but for grieving faces searching sidewalks.

The seekers: police, army, press corps, beloved
— my son in front of the TV. I try to shove
the new rules into our silent conversation.

The Bataclan echoes, Come out! Come out
wherever you are! but nobody can breakout
from their infinite hiding spots.

Us and them. We’re all entangled in
an eternal endgame. Nobody wins.
Together, we’re all it.