Friday, February 4, 2011

Day 4

cleaning mom's attic
my first Barbie
covered with rat shit

Day 3

the grass
around your grave
greener this year

Day 2

middle of the night
OnStar could not find me
Triple A did

NaHaiWriMo Day 1 - hands


Saturday, January 1, 2011

new year's morning
drunken footsteps crawling
in the fresh snow

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

getting ready
for a big change
October's end

Thursday, October 14, 2010

rescue's end
and now
the stories begin

Saturday, October 2, 2010

hospice house
the rose on his nightstand
in full bloom

Saturday, September 11, 2010

a moment of silence
as I dust the bookshelves
remembering 9/11

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

losing count
of all the food recalls
victory garden

Monday, August 23, 2010

mom doesn't want
to eat today
in and out of reality
I read alice in wonderland
to the grandchildren

Friday, August 20, 2010

nursing home
the old professor
down the hallway
the nurse

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

who else is watching
from their planet

Thursday, August 12, 2010


cloudy day
mom notices
how blue the sky is

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

as the sun sets
again, mom asks
if it's still tuesday

Monday, July 26, 2010

mom's life
melding into mine
sudden rain
nursing home
gathering dust
gathering haiku

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

another day
breathing in
breathing out
remembering how mom
used to laugh

Thursday, June 17, 2010

tangled up
in the glory
of morning
finding more time
to garden

Thursday, January 28, 2010

the clouds
cooperating today
with my mood

Monday, January 25, 2010

from the ocean
to the mountains
the time in between storms

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Cold Winter Morning

Removed for submission

Friday, January 1, 2010

happy new year
the grass in the meadow
already turning green

Sunday, December 13, 2009

storm warning
the last patch of blue
turning gray

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Lazy Afternoon

Removed for submission

Saturday, October 31, 2009

voices in my head
one of them
says BOO!

Friday, August 28, 2009

not enough for me
too much for the prisoner
what's the difference?

Thursday, August 6, 2009

going through photos
in the attic
an ancestor looks back
at me..

Saturday, July 4, 2009

4th of July
red white and blue
independence day
I buy mother a walker
..with brakes

Saturday, June 27, 2009

summer breeze
through the pines mind goes silent

Friday, June 26, 2009

morning fog
I pour a third
cup of coffee

Saturday, December 13, 2008

burned out bulb
on the Christmas tree
California sunset

Monday, November 10, 2008

a year later
still the blackened trees
November sunset

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

harvest moon ::
the black cat
in the window

harvest moon ::
the reflection
on the spider web

Sunday, October 5, 2008

so much to learn
so little time..

Friday, October 3, 2008

Bailout or Investment?

crossroads ::
    the bullet holes
in 700 billion

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

autumn leaves ::
the wing span
of the Blue Jay

the smooth flight
of the blue jay
I make a reservation

Monday, September 8, 2008

shadows darken
just before sunset
autumn dusk

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

First Day of School

first day of school
her doll
waits by the door

first day of school
she wears the dress
I made for her mother

new games
in the playground ::
cell phones

Sunday, August 24, 2008

sunset on the lake ::
do not feed
the ducks

Monday, August 18, 2008

summer's end

skimming the waves
summer's end

Saturday, August 2, 2008

the warmth
of the sand on my feet

the night so long

I type 'bored'
into the search box

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Morning Bath

morning bath ::
I watch the blue jay

Sunday, July 6, 2008

The 4th of JULY

4th of July
the red, white
and blue of it

fireworks ::
even the bats
are screeching

fireworks over the lake
the red reflection
on the dry pines

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Baseball Season

extra innings—

three sparrows perched
on the empty seat

bottom of the twelfth
the umpire
wipes his brow

empty stadium
the plastic bag tumbling
towards home plate

Saturday, June 28, 2008


field of daffodils
the smiling faces
of the kindergarten class

Friday, June 27, 2008

Kiki the Cat

paw prints
in the garden ::
two months after her death
January 2008

waiting two hours
in the return line
...the donation barrel

January blizzard
she paints flowers
on the wall

December 2007

Christmas Eve night
the silence
of the snow

morning chill
the mountain chickadee bathing
in the half-frozen stream

September 2006

I spent the whole week at a beach cafe, on a hill looking east towards the mountains at sunset, and in my own backyard garden. Here is what I came up with. The season is deciding when it would be best to let the sun cool down and puff the clouds up with moisture that is so badly needed.

* * * * *

the autumn leaves
begin to fall
piano needs tuning

seaside cafe
desperate not to be noticed
the pigeon relieves himself
by my foot

fall in the air ::
the sun tilts the shadows
further north

curious eyes
as I write in my book
his coffee spills

hour after hour
the dog watches the door
I anxiously go to the gym

magnolia blossom
in full bloom
her first date

* * *

gas shortage
the fourth night
of grandma's navy beans

double rainbow
the unopened letter
on her desk

August 2006

a crowd of spectators
wearing yellow hats

driving to Los Angeles
bumper to bumper