Roaring down the crevice
from the hilltop to the sea,
by way of several rivers,
my creek speeds to be free
turned into a dervish
of roiling winter rain,
it rises in an instant
over banks that can’t contain.
Thunder boomed the warning,
much too quick to heed,
scouring torrents rumbled
through rocks and soil and weeds.
Then just as fast, it quiets,
resumes its placid mask,
through brown December grass.
Ah, it was in the bleak December
that a storm came I remember
that flooded both our basement and our lawn.
The weather forecast guessed
that it might be for the best
if we headed for the hills before the dawn.
As we left the sodden town
we watched helpless chickens drown
as the neighbor's barnyard bubbled, and was gone.
Now the drought is really over
and the meadows are in clover,
but my neighbor's face is still so pale and drawn.
Sunday, February 10, 2008
kiss the baby's little nose,
your love for baby really shows --
now chase him down -- there he goes!
Running around, so proud he's grown,
what's he done now? the parents moan.
That's all in the future, so they say.
Treasure your sleeping baby today.
Someone's got to get the credit!
Let the kids take all the blame.
Once you've raised them, you can't edit
what they do in search of fame.
Some day someone's sure to ask,
Weren't they a fearsome task?
Go ahead and let them know:
It was fun! Why, doesn't it show?
Monday, February 04, 2008
What cats won’t do.
Cats won’t beg woefully
to be loved. They will, though,
demand affection at a time and place
of their choosing, signalled by purring
as they crouch to attack a lap
or pillow upon which you sleep.
Cats won’t heel upon command,
nor endure a pet container.
They will chase a moving toy
until bored, batting it casually away
beyond human reach to age
in some dusty grave, along with mice
once the object of unflagging interest,
pursued with the ardor of a lover,
when dead, discarded and disdained.
must be a trove of tired toy
sand mice, decaying and graying,
that humans smell, but never find.
Cats will seemingly starve rather
than eat food that doesn’t appeal,
a new diet, or an old one
suddenly not favored. They will however,
eat a parlor palm down to the trunk.
Owners of white cats are unable to wear black
and black cats quickly show the folly of white.
Great balls of fur drift from them,
signs, no doubt, of their august presence.
All of that being said,
My reincarnation will be
as a house cat, spoiled and petted,
---when I choose.
"There are many intelligent species in the universe.
They are all owned by cats." --Anonymous
in the summer, in the dark,
in the alleys, in the park,
in my head
as I lie awake in bed.
Telling all their ancient stories
of their travels and their forays
out of Egypt in the past,
arriving in my home at last.
I will serve them without pause,
since I love them, just because.
Sunday, February 03, 2008
Lucy, Snoopy and Charlie Brown:
Life is better based on them,
Simply, softly done.
Lessons we all understand,
Picking up the shards
Of dignity, survival ,
Learned in friends’ back yards.
Hope and trust in footballs
Forever snatched away,
Believing as we lay in pain
We’ll get that ball one day.
Love (like Linus’ blanket)
Dreams (like Snoopy’s flights)
Faith (in the Great Pumpkin) ,
And individual rights.
Pigpen’s right to dust clouds,
Lucy’s nasty meaness,
And devious intents.
Schroeder’s right to genius
Though others don’t agree,
The world without grown people
Sounds pretty good to me.
Lucy, Snoopy and Charlie Brown,
Please, never disappear.
Your truths become more precious
With every passing year.
You're a good man, Charlie Brown
and I hate to get you down
but that Lucy's angry frown
is a sign she's up to trouble.
She treats you like a clown
but remember wisdom's crown:
that the sensible fish swims down,
and you'll never burst her bubble.
Ah, well, such is your renown
all around our little town,
if your sorrrow you would drown --
just give it to her double!
I love mankind;
it's people I can't stand. -- Linus
Saturday, February 02, 2008
signs of wealth somewhere:
more wives than teeth, both blessing and curse,
a rusty car, suffering now from sand that blows
night and day, scouring away the paint,
and destroying the cogs and tubes inside
rugs. on the bare earthen floors,
on walls,on couches and beds, covering the chairs,
forming warm windows where none can be
for fear of midnight or daylight attacks.opium,
by pounds and ounces waiting
for deep-pocketed men to thrust more wealth
into my luxurious life. Surely guns,
to fill with noise
the empty desert air when I can no longer stand
the women and the wind, they bark out power!
declaring all that I am not.
harshly as Kipling described
the virtues of the Afghan race
his descriptions belied
that virtue of which remains no trace
only anger and violence meeting
in the all encompassed feud
in a free translation of their ancient greeting:
we just don't like ya, dude!
In fact, it's my impression,
the more you do,
the more the depression will lessen.
So teaching, a noble profession,
will provide a lesson
not just for the students,
but also for the one who leads the session.