Category Archives: Poem

A Nursery Rhyme

When I was eleven years old, I
sat on the front porch and wrote my first poem. Continue reading

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Achilles’ Shield

It’s not Achilles’ shield, singularly struck by Hephaestus, god-made and anger-wielded. It’s not graven with the life of star, man, and beast upon it, this silver-plate tea tray from the bottom shelf of an Upstate Salvation Army, but minted by the … Continue reading

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What is a Squirrel?

A squirrel is a living sine wave arcing from telephone pole to telephone pole. It is a wavelet racing across the rising swell of highway, crest and trough just the same; an eye winking in the sun or headlights- just a pebble … Continue reading

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How Does the DJ Know to Only Play Songs About You?

Love, or falling into it, is a walk back at night in winter, under snow and silent, spreading clouds, crossing the pools of lamplight and ignored by sleeping houses, heading off into the dark and the cold, hands bunched in pockets, radio … Continue reading

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Deer Crossing

I caught just a fragment of her, on the hillside, in my headlights, only an image to identify. Brown belly and soft ears glaring in halogen light. Then we both twitched in fear – and separated. A hundred feet down the road … Continue reading

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