Monday, July 28, 2014

From my mother

from my mother
the wisdom in saving
scraps of cloth ...
the patching to be done

—red lights, January 2014 

EEK. I finally realized I'd already posted this one a few months ago. Why didn't you all tell me, LOL?

Tuesday, July 22, 2014


of this stained-glass panel
till it strikes me . . .
the image only shimmers
with sunlight behind it

—Atlas Poetica, #14, March 2013
location: a garden shop, Navasota, Texas

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

It's pretty

it’s pretty
she says while showing me
the sparkling
little gold trinket
she’ll glue inside my mouth

—Atlas Poetica #14, March 2013

Monday, July 7, 2014

Tanka Prose

What if?

It's a city with storybook appeal: clock towers and onion dome steeples, cobblestones, a fortress, rows of colorful little buildings. A local tour guide points out various structures in the near distance.

the gray house
across the Inn River
where Hitler 
lived as a small child 
... when he almost drowned 

Author's Note: Information regarding "when he almost drowned" can be found in the book Out of Passau: Leaving a City Hitler Called Home (Anna Elisabeth RosmusUniversity of South Carolina Press, Columbia, SC, 2004) as well as in miscellaneous articles such as this one:

Haibun TodayVolume 8, Number 1, March 2014

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Her wedding ring

her wedding ring
found deep in red mud
………...that May day
when the tornado
tore through their heartland

Oklahoma, May 2013

—red lights, Vol. 10, No. 2, June 2014