Poetry

NEGATIVITY

To be alive is to know you don’t control the big stuff But neither does god So control what you can And make friends with uncertainty When Ego survives at...

The Teachings of Donald Trump

He teaches children what not to be, Demonstrates the importance of a missing liberal arts education, And that being rich does not make you smart, good or worthy. He demonstrates...

The Graduate

Like all my millennial kindred I yearn for independence And a cause, a reason to work hard A passion that consumes me And that’s more then just me But I’m...

Feelings

What if feelings were like hearing words without the music Or hearing the music without the words Or Whispered, with empty spaces, hard to understand Or in an incomprehensible language...

The Man Who Drank My Wine

It was a good white Brought to celebrate a friends accomplishment At a dinner under the stars In a place we call paradise At the appointed time with our late...

Art Museums that Hate Art

An offering made with love is always pleasing It is presented with consideration for our comforts When not so designed it is diminished Like a meal prepared by a master...

Look Out Angles Are All Around

I was on my bike, as I was apt to be Moving along the Nyack trail Mulling the past and wasting the present Unaware of the beauty around Limping along...

Back and Forth

Life offers roads strewn with rocks and soft sand Like the illumination of darkness and then back again to darkness An inscrutable dance in life’s busy throng Like salty ocean...

The Victim

Events crash on our unprotected heads And we scramble and struggle to survive Awaiting the inevitable onslaught of the next affliction or accident But to purposely chase contentment away and...

The Mantis and the Squirrel

Relaxed we focus away from self And feel the welling up of love The squirrel staring at Mike sensed it And the praying mantis who rode my shoulder acknowledged it...

LOVE ENERGY

An energy that flows out to all From a rare person who expects no reciprocity Who with self love Communicates, compassion, acceptance, caring, positivity and a desire to help An...

The Myth of Success and the Deception of Failure

I’m a success because it was a success I’m a Failure because it failed No, there is only a result A conclusion you like or a consequence you abhor It’s...

TRUMP

Trump as president, never happen ( Denial) Stage 1 How could the people of this country elect a bigot as their president (Anger) Stage 2 He really didn’t want the...

My Hat

Its a low rise Broken brim Well warn, And a little dirty But it fits my face in ways hard to explain It transforms this almost bald almost 80 year...

Empathy Lost

Wondering Where we came from Why we’re here Where we’re going Knowing We’re not in control Our love is terminal And our end is near Concerns, anxieties or horrors Shared...

I Love Roger

I see him about once a month for an hour or so He’s very tall, very strong and very grounded We hug and kiss wordlessly I tell him everything that...

On Being Different

When the erudite contrive to negate the beauty of a song Or the carefree luster of improbable behavior As a merger of similar events, equal in real proportion Attempting to...

The Recipe for a Happy Marriage

Start with a large pot of sweetened boiling water Allow half the water to evaporate all preconceived impurities and unrealistic expectations Add one pound of compassion One cup of unadulterated...

Melinda and Me

I climbed into the playpen, propped you up, rolled you the ball and changed my life. From then on we became intrepid explorers, laughingly, fearlessly, excitedly seeking adventure. As Partners...

Jesus Talking to a Nazi

How could you kill and authentically love? A baby, a child, a mother, an intellect A non human category? Compartmentalizations are useful in the mass murder business Are they not?...

Gertrude and Me and the Game We Played

We would go to a bar Filled with people Singles or wannabe’s who congregate To interact, To feel joyous, To dance To have sex At our watching post We order...

A Manhattan Scene

As I sat in my metal enclosure Watching the people passing On the concrete glass walled street A satisfying calm came over me My breathing became deep and effortless I...