Fledglings

A brown cardinal babynestled in the crookof our back porch trumpet vineinvisible until her big red dad returnedagain and againbearing grubs to nourishand maybe sootheafter her important launch. Later in Targeta mom scouring aislesher own fledgling just new in a dormthe store shelvesbare of what she really sought:Comfort. Love.Courage for a newly flown almost-manHis deepeningContinue reading “Fledglings”

For Solstice 2021

I tried an experiment today. I wrote six short stream-of-consciousness type poems as the day went on. The first two were written yesterday, but the second one got rewrote a bit, and then today, others came and went – and the last one was done during a thunderstorm. It was fun to play with tryingContinue reading “For Solstice 2021”

Tender is the Light

Tender is the lightas it swirls lazy dust motesthrough the once attic windowshining on what is left:rusty knob and tube wire,unnamed ancestorsin a musty shoebox,candle figurinesmelted by summersteddy bears succumbingto mold from rain and snowthrough the fallen-in roof.All left for salvageby squirrels who take whatis useful for nestsnature unjudginghumans not returningmemories unclaimed.

Venturing Out

Venturing Out The platform is highbut out it she ventureswill she just take the dive?No – she pads back to the centerwhere the board is less shakyhead full of conjectureon staying or goingshe could use a mentorto weigh out her choicesor maybe protect herfrom the others, just waitingto see how this adventurewill turn in theContinue reading “Venturing Out”

Book Love!

What’s really fun? When your people let you know that they’ve received their copies of your new book! These little surprise posts have been popping up on my Facebook feed all month, and I am humbled by and grateful for the reminders of all the kind people I have in my life. These images areContinue reading “Book Love!”

Shoveling: A Poem

I live in the Finger Lakes of New York, and late February means it is undoubtedly still winter! We know there’s likely a good month or so of snow and cold left even as we send well wishes and aid to Texas. The final of my poetry manuscript has been sent off to the printer.Continue reading “Shoveling: A Poem”

First Poetry Collection!

There’s something really fun about picking out a cover for a book. When we created “NY Votes for Women: A Suffrage Centennial Anthology” I worked with a creative design friend and we were so proud of the results. I’ve been fortunate again in working with a publisher, Shanti Arts, that is also a promoter ofContinue reading “First Poetry Collection!”