A Daily Dose of Poetry

Read the latest from my poetry blog, “A Hundred Falling Veils“, where there’s a poem in every day. You can use this link to subscribe.

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  • Bringing You with Me April 23, 2024
                      for Eduardo Rey Brummel, on Earth Day  I walk on the long dirt roadwith fat bumblebeesand dark red rocks,not to distract myselffrom you in your death room,but to bring you with meinto this miraculous daywith it wild iris just beginningto push through the earthlike curious green tonguesand its patch of buttercupsblooming right through meall waxy […]
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  • Puerto Rico Haikuling Bouquet April 22, 2024
    delayed on the tarmacmy inner schedulerdecides to nap * walking on blue cobblestoneswe arrivesix hundred years ago * that man playing harp—his voice opens doorsin the air * unsure what comes nextI translate all my worriesinto purple orchid * best rainforest guide—two-note songof an unknown bird * decades of calamitiesand triumphsto be just another body […]
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  • Lots of Upcoming Events & Fun Links! April 22, 2024
    Dear Friends,  I’m back with a big bouquet of short poems from my time away. Eric & Vivian and I were in Puerto Rico for a couple of weeks. What a very special place to visit. And below the poems, you’ll find a host of links to fun things that came out while I was […]
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  • A Short Break April 6, 2024
    Every April I take two weeks off from posting poetry so I can be with my family in an uninterrupted way. I will still write daily poems–so at the end of two weeks you’ll get over a dozen small poems in a single post! And then the poems will appear again daily. In the meantime, […]
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  • The Dance of Moderation April 6, 2024
                      with thanks to Dante  Gluttony stumbles in, four shots of tequila past tipsy.It’s easy when he’s drooling and ragingto put my hand over my own glass of wineand tell him I’ve had enough. But he’s so charmingin the beginning when he’s giggly and flirty,when his walls come down and he’s chattyand generous. That’s when I […]
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  • What the Tuner of Souls Knows April 5, 2024
      The quiet is best. Thenone might hear what isstrung too loose, too tight,how the voicing is notquite right. Not so long ago,the tuner broughtthis same instrument backto true. But there is no failure.that the instrumentwent out of tune.That’s is simplywhat instruments do—go sharp, go flat,they waver untilonce again the temperamentis set and thensong is what […]
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  • Making Peace with My Inner Fire Fighter April 4, 2024
     She’s always ready to run to the rescue,trained in putting out housefires,wildland fires, grease fires, electrical fires.Explosions? She’s prepared to vent,quench, flank and set up a collapse zone.Child swallowed a ring?She arrives in minutes.Accident on the street? She’s pulling onher uniform before the call is over.She’s saved me thousands of times.She’s always been like this—keen […]
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  • One Reason I Keep Reaching Out April 3, 2024
    she pushes everyone awaywhile wanting to be loved—clear sky pretending it isn’t blue
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  • When It Looks Like the End April 2, 2024
                for Stumpy, and maybe for you  To survive. To not only survive,but to bring joy. To bloom despiteour own hollowing. To bloom despite the erosionof the world in which we grew.I speak of a cherry tree, but I also, perhaps, speak of you—how you have made of your lifenot just a stump, but a story. How in hostile […]
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  • Spanish 2, Lessons 23, 24, 25 April 1, 2024
      The whole time I walk in Spring snow and windI am prompted by a lovely man’s voiceto repeat many phrases I’ll need in Spanish.I learn, for instance, to ask how many blocksI must walk to get to the bank, only to learnit is closed on holidays but will openthe day after tomorrow. I learnhow to […]
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