Monthly Archives: September 2021

Seat 14B

Seat 14B She’s didn’t want to talkas the airplane turnedfrom taxi to runway. This woman, braveas any I knew, wantedme to shut the hell up. All my memorized statisticsmy calculated probabilitiescould not abate her fear that this thin aluminum tubewith … Continue reading

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Fraiku: Equinox

Sun skims horizon one last dayin the Arctic— a failed experimentto untilt the planet   (For this week’s Living Poetry Prompt, though I only used two of the three words supplied and, of course, Wednesday’s Equinox. Happy Autumn to my … Continue reading

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Magnificent Desolation

Magnificent Desolation The second man on the Moon called it “magnificentdesolation” when he first stood upon her powdery surface.I wasn’t even born then but in my spacesuit,patching solar panels, I find no better words. We’re the invading aliens in our … Continue reading

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Fraiku: On a hike

Dark woods under heavy clouds thunderous applause from exhausted leaves drought cracks like lightning

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Squirrels have Personalities

Squirrels have Personalities I’ve got no beef with the quiet oneswho go about their squirrely business,turning over brittle brown leavesin search of fatty seeds and nuts. It’s the ruffians and scapegracesin the yard, taunting my cat, Moriarty,with their harsh chitters … Continue reading

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Fraiku: Thunderstorm

Night thunderstorm over the Gulfdistant lightning flashes off high cloudsdisproving a flat earth

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Adaptation

A mated pair of White Ibisstride across the Sonic parking lotadapting to the asphalt covered marshfrench fries— their crayfish

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On the Gulf Coast

The pelican folds herself into a harpoonto impale the water and erupt from the waveswith a quivering gular pouch

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The Last Pig on Spillwords

During the 2020 April Poem-a-Day Challenge, I wrote The Last Pig in response to two prompts: “The Last blank” and “Piggy”. I never expected it to be one of the most viewed poems on my site for the past year! … Continue reading

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Fraiku: On the Interstate

Teenagers play in trafficI almost sacrifice one lambon the altar of social media I’m heading to a week-long writing retreat and something odd happened on the way. I was on I-95 in the middle of South Carolina, nice clear highway … Continue reading

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