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Cold outside
Hidden in a warm house
Flannel pajamas with which to greet shiver sheets

Change And Complexity

It is just one of the complexities of our age
That you always have to count your change.

Poem For My Wife – Like A Cobbler’s Child

You said to me: You write about everything
But you have never written a poem for me.
If I am defensive it will not help us
There is no joy in wounding the woman with whom you sleep

The Man On The Cross

I knew him first in pewter and porcelain and plastic
Before I knew him
It was an “Acts” retreat strangely enough
Not the future bishop who was a colleague,

The Comfort Of Pillows

If the world gives you a pillow - Beware!
If a pillow is built for you be humble
The devil has laid a snare to catch you
If your pride escapes


I hope that by some grace you will forgive the dark swirling clouds of my soul,
I hope you will forgive past times that I have hurt you,

Solstice Sunday Celebration

Braved against sun’s denied light
Solstice celebrations come to sight
Herald of that which is so deep within
Transcending a history of darkest sin

Cat Protocol

Cat Protocol
Watching the cats eat I was surprised to learn
They use a protocol not seen since army infantry days
That the most powerful and senior cat –

Dry Poet

I’m dry
You sigh
We both cry.
Dry Poet

Young Man Selling At My Door

The young man coming to my door with the preposterous offer
Is painful not for the visitation
Rather, memory of my own youth - its optimism and naivete.
The sort of thing that makes you think

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