Wednesday, December 31, 2008


dyslexic christmas scene
stories told
of pasts i don't know
painted on the backdrop
of frozen evergreen
with open-windowed noises
whispering summers
have another drink
to new year's cheer
try to find
the peace
in turbulent air
as revelers count down
longing, far from home
i listen
for traces in the pause...
of comfort
i look
toward the unknown
standing in the shadows
of what was
answers in the flames
that burn
in the hearth
of my new year's

Sunday, December 28, 2008


new moon sky
filled with
starry delight
cracks in heaven's floor
falls upon the shore
of nighttime's
winter dreams
moving slowly
in between
midnight thoughts
& slumbering nods
darkness holds
a long reign
with trails of stardust
in its wake
one single impression

Monday, December 22, 2008

a winter's day

late dawn peeking
a pink layer
across wind chill...
snuggle deeper
under down
a fire building
in the hearth
& heart
with steaming mug
in hand.
early twilight leaving
a wake of starry sky
candles lit
& vespers sung
a winter's day
is done.
one single impression

Friday, December 12, 2008


in quiet hush
hear the angel's
softly across
december twilight

Tuesday, December 9, 2008


wrapped in soft
by fire's warmth
winter content
in early dusk
candle glow
against the frost
while in the dark
snow gently falls

Wednesday, November 26, 2008


as life drips
from the container of my being
i've less reserve
& more stillness;
the widening spaces
are receptive,
taking in & turning over
expanding while time
is shrinking

Sunday, November 23, 2008

childhood memory

slipping through the cracks
of ordinary life
during a movement
a stirring of air
when i smell her perfume
slipping through the cracks
of celestial veil
one single impression

Saturday, November 22, 2008


write your baggage
neatly in script
wrapped in pure white;
crumple it
toss it
burn it
send it
publish it
& feel your burden

Sunday, November 16, 2008


to wake this day
knowing the flood of memories
saps my courage
i miss you, daddy.
one single impression

Tuesday, November 11, 2008


dreams long dormant
find their way to the surface
of my new reality
my smile is smug with certain joy
knowing you lifted the lid
of my pandora's box
to a flutter of life's confetti

Sunday, November 9, 2008


even though the heart
one single impression

Tuesday, November 4, 2008


i could not cry
so i let
the condensation
of my cold water glass
trace tears
for me

Sunday, November 2, 2008


under the guise of
cheerful smile & wave of hand
i mourn your absence
one single impression

Wednesday, October 29, 2008


echoing across
time's never-ending
whispers of wisdom
your words
to my childhood ears
a gift
one single impression

Sunday, October 19, 2008

never ending

little breaths
in & out
each day
until the last one
but love
is never ending
one single impression

Sunday, October 12, 2008


they say gold is found
at the end of the rainbow,
but in the chase
to that one small place
all one can see
its undersided knots
of tapestry.

i say gold is found
in the light bending vista
sun streaming cloud
elegantly shroud
where one can see
the whole kaleidescope of
its tapestry

one single impression

Saturday, October 11, 2008


life's untender mercies
fleeting as sparrow's wings
leave in their wake
a solace
found on sun-warmed stones

Thursday, October 9, 2008


for a fraction of time
slide between
blissful sleep
& pounding awake
a moment's awareness
cascades into recognition-
dreams skimmed from the surface
of nighttime tide
compete with practical reality
the reverie of memories
recalling things that did not occur
& yet their presence with a clarity
not so easily lost in normal elegance
of daytime's passing events

Monday, October 6, 2008


you believe
that you know a summer leaf
in the green,
but one morn you wake
discerning a change
to red
& the's gone

Sunday, October 5, 2008


fork in the road
of humble options,
path less tread
looks serendipitous
to me.
is not found
in backward glances
of all the wide world
through view of your lens i see
one single impression

Sunday, September 28, 2008


just as one bud
turned autumn leaf aflutter
& so your presence

chill air threatens
to invade every crevice
& so your presence

warmed sun behind
wind-driven cloud of dry
& so your presence

round seasons ply
in tangible hope espied
your fleeting presence

one single impression

Sunday, September 21, 2008


exhale of summer
one achingly beautiful
red leaf releasessea of field
yellow bloom belies the turn
soon to brownautumn wind
whispering through tired leaves
of firelight to come

Saturday, September 13, 2008


ocean wide
these dreams are pulled
in timeless currents
that lead me back to you

Wednesday, September 10, 2008


all the hard words in the world
will not settle
the undercurrent of unrest;
life on the journey
is not home,
a divided soul
stumbles on
sidestepping in a terrain
that will always be foreign
but not without
a promise~
whispered above the din
in time, to know
as we are known.

Monday, September 1, 2008


close up
life's spectacles all look
familiarthrough the lens
of life's grand vision
see as seen

one single impression

Sunday, August 17, 2008


standing in the shade
a glimpse of home filters through
shift of summer breezein the longing, light
shining down on the journey
home is in your handpathway leading home
gliding over sea surface
spyglass safe return
one single impression

Friday, August 15, 2008


for josiah...
bedside vigil
uttered prayers desperate
please don't go
unreal world
night is daytime, sounds incessant
that keeps you alivepray for breath of hope
hanging on each spoken word
nap in waiting room
life's fragile balance
hovering between two worlds
one hand keeps you hereplease, pray for Josiah.

Sunday, August 10, 2008


looking up, i see
a journey toward heaven
one step at a timeover timeworn stairs
sea of humanity flows
longing for the view


one single impression

Tuesday, July 29, 2008


faced with challenges
under the guise of a smile
memento morifrom afar, your warmth
hidden under marble mask
slips as i draw nearcaptured in content
time slips through centuries
holding your smile

one single impression

Saturday, July 19, 2008

one year...

with these simple lines
one year of written words flow
from my heart to you
one year of poetry @ write away!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008


tired scratchy awake
after night of every number,
should i hear just one lull
of cicadas...
slumbery noonday
in gentle repose.

Monday, July 7, 2008

more travel...

back & forth, jets fly
contrails of longing to go
fasten your seatbelt!

Sunday, July 6, 2008

through a window

through a dusty pane
outward glimpse of light & hope
forget the dishescozed lamplight billows
piercing the darkened street with
internal yearning

Saturday, July 5, 2008


i feel quite badly
no posting, no visiting
another journey...

Friday, July 4, 2008

independence day

by fireworks' light
we reflect on sacrifice
freedom is not free

Tuesday, June 17, 2008


with only three lines
some tell whole stories
five, seven, five

Sunday, June 15, 2008


the only thing of
real permanence in this life
is its transience

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

jet lag

i am awake
but on the wrong continent
six hours behind

Sunday, May 25, 2008


in the water
i see ripples of hope
staring backsilent glide
across mirrored surface
two skiesone drop falls
onto still surface
ripples outwardspatter of sunlight
shimmering dance of surface
tickled reflectionmirror image
reflection in stillness
morning light

Sunday, May 18, 2008


across the white page
words of a fountain pen bleed
infusing new lifebleeding hearts pass by
with nary a sidelong glance
stranger to your plightone careless word cuts
with skill of a surgeon's knife
hope bleeds from the wound

Sunday, May 11, 2008


in stony repose
block of stone becomes vision
of warmth in sun's raya week of burden
grown heavy on the heart
warmed by love's prompthope is a flower
warmed in sun-showers of love
that blooms in the heart

Sunday, May 4, 2008


once in newborn joy
you crashed into our world
and now you are gonesea of lonely sand
but not without lush center
desert oasis

one single impression

Sunday, April 27, 2008


springing upon us
from the ruins of winter
open full-flower
heady scent of air
petal soft breezes enchant
dance of bumble bee

Saturday, April 19, 2008


poems from the road...firenze
out of touch
with everything i knew
& yet something found...
a thing i have always known;
in the swirl of an ancient stair
with drifting scent
of fresh rainwater
& carved earth,
the view from the top
is one i always knew.
sunlight pouring through
i pause for descent
to be swallowed by the walls
of the aged city.

Thursday, April 17, 2008


poems from the road~~ venezia
pass through the arch
portal of ancient stone
even the sleep of death
is not quieted
while the heart beats
filling ears from inside
with clamour for life;
trickle of fine mist
competes with tender touch
of notes falling through trees
cascade of loss
tumbles outward
through broken glass,
peeking between spaces of solid wrought
twirls of floral arrangement
that do not die
an angel frozen in hope
with a fine dust of incident
guarding your cramped bones;
they say you rest
and i must catch a boat
returning to the mainland.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

poems from the road...

they say life is not your destination,
but rather life is the journey along the way.
the view of angels from 35,000 feet
holds marvels for certain
but I like to think that sometimes
the touchdown on terra firma,
is just a bit more comforting
Stop & Go
a series of hurry up & wait moments
peppered with sleep deprivation
cannot quell the hopeful tingle
felt on the last leg of the journey
just before arrival

Saturday, April 12, 2008

poems from the road...departure

on the journey from north carolina to venezia, italia...
spreads out before my heart
cupid's contrails
celebrate national poetry month!!

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

winds of change

how can it be
that a night step onto the deck
yields wind chills
from the north
that smack of january
but in just a few short hours
that same spot is wrapped
in fragrant swirl
of southerly breeze
that bears lofting petals
of april's soft embrace?
celebrate national poetry month!!

Tuesday, April 8, 2008


journey of thousands
of miles
beginning, not with a step
but with a click
to a window on the world
i long to see.

many months later
after electronic plans laid,
seconds ticked by
days crossed off
(though living in the present,
relishing with gratitude
did not put the X on the calendar's
it is time to fly.

almost caught off guard
& yet living a dream,
bags packed with love & smiles
(the just-right shirt
is an afterthought)
do i need more?

i do
but only that
which is found
along the way
on the path
of my vagabonding dreams.
celebrate national poetry month!!

Monday, April 7, 2008


ul...i'm a bit late on my gratitude for this honor...but thank you!
in these days
of rush-about madness
nice does matter
please take a moment to visit ul & enjoy a truly nice blog...