Consider the Octopus

You assumed it was her head atop the way our heads are. Assumed too because you’ve heard an octopus can solve puzzles, do more tricks than even dogs can do, that there was a great brain swelling that bulbous shape. But no, the expert tells you. The octopus...

When I am Near

When I am near a great body of water an Ocean, the Sea, a Great Lake especially in the quiet of early morning gazing toward an infinite horizon, that fine line where dome of sky meets meets deep fathomless water – I remember who I am, and who I am not. Remember again,...

Life after Forty

That year I turned forty you turned sixteen, beginning to show the curves of a womanly body, turning heads whenever you walked by. You still do – even after this blur of years has raced past both of us. Now you are stepping into forty. When I turned forty they told me...

Put Down Your Pack

Margaret Atwood once said – “I write prose to know what I’m thinking. And poetry to know what I’m feeling.”  For me too – poetry was the right vessel to convey the emotions that swept over me after my brother called with words I had...

Do You Do Well to Be Angry?

In a polarized political world so fraught with angry people – it’s worth asking “Do You Do Well to Be Angry?” A question God once asked the Hebrew prophet Jonah. Sadly – what makes the biblical stories still relevant is that too many human weaknesses never change. We humans need to be reminded over and over, generation after generation, that foundational to our Judeo-Christian faith is the call to love our neighbors as...