For My Mother, In Memorium
One day when I was a small schoolgirl,
I noticed the green tip of a
Plant pushing through the half-... more »
Silently we wander love,
By this moon spattered brook.
You hear it sing a throaty song,
You see its throbbing heart.... more »
Uncle Ned, last night I dreamt I was a-sittin'
in a tea cup, jist a-watchin' a big, dumb ball.
It was so big it near covered the sky.
It was movin' slow and heavy, Uncle Neddy.... more »
The cat, his fluffy tail
a banner held high,
ignoring all his toys,
does battle with a crinkly... more »
Mama in her casket
was still young and beautiful -
almost one hundred years young.
A crucifix was propped upon the lid.... more »
The sun was an inflamed blister
in a feverish glowing sky.
The trees tossed deliriously, writhing
and twisting, rattling dry, rasping sighs,... more »
The rain patters with tiny crystalline taps,
on my windshield. With brittle glass
pencils it traces the image of your face,
until I see it in the beaded lace,... more »
In my solitude,
I have a dream of you.
Suddenly, I feel you are very near,
and my eyes fill with happy tears.... more »
He had pumpkin ears and a pumpkin nose, pumpkin eyes and pumpkin toes, and
a pumpkin tail that rose and flowed. He was a furry, walking pumpkin
berry-so I called him, 'Strawberry.'... more »
Satan's dark fist scattered people like pawns.
A howling fury, it struck in the blackness before dawn.
In some raging corner of Hell, it must have been spawned.
Roofs and walls were twisted and ...... more »
He's the Halloween Preacher
and he's comin' to town.
He says his words are holy.
He says he's a man of God,... more »
Let me tell you the story
Of a man named, Fool.
He thought he had free speech,
and that his pen was his tool.... more »
Music and mirrors, and horses dancing,
Shouts and laughter, and unicorns prancing,
Mingled with the chant of the carney calling,... more »
See that little boat, bobbing on the sea,
Filled with refugees from Cuba, longing to be free,
The man at the helm, is looking for the shore.
Their money fills his pockets. He wants to earn more.... more »
An angel went walking on a stormy night.
All around him there was an aura of light.
He watched all the people that were hurrying by,
When one old man caught his eye.... more »
I rode on the back of an eagle.
The wind was a screeching witch.
His feathers were my shelter, my refuge.
We hurtled through black vastness,... more »
Galloping, galloping in the night sky,
a pale dream horse and his dream herd float by.
There's no sound from their hooves,
There's no pound of their hearts,... more »
I look through barbed wire,
With a heart full of ashes.
I wrote a poem with my soul's fire,
Now my back's striped with lashes.... more »
Angrily the little boy shouted,
'I don't want to see the manger! '
Moving his arm in a wide sweep,
He knocked over all the sheep.... more »
In the gathering dusk,
His face is peaceful and urbane.
Below him he watches a shadowy husk,
Its movements, both bumbling and inane.... more »
The surface is so smooth and unbroken.
Surely, a dark, empty, deep lies beneath.
He arches his back, and dives into the blackness,
Then silently sinks into the void.... more »
Hail to thee, laughing lady of May!
Thou art crowned with flowers by children at play.
We bow to thee, sweet goddess of spring!
Bend down thy head, let us crown thee, Queen.... more »
Once I walked along the shore,
Lonely, but happy, when I saw,
An old homeless man - torn and ragged were the clothes he wore.
He stood in the sunset; all was silent, except for a bird’s caw.... more »
Steps, coughs, cries, echo,
Child sings to stuffed toy.
An urgent wail, a weak sigh,... more »
Works, wearies, thirsts
Sweat falls like tears.... more »
Rock-a-bye baby in the jailhouse,
Mama left sanctuary, and quickly got caught.
Hush little baby, be quiet as a mouse,
Or you may be reported, and a guard will be brought!... more »
In the black night,
Fangs gleam below deep, cold, dead, eyes.
In the black night,
Huge lizard in shadowy light.... more »
My armoir is full
Of rings and things that sparkle
Against black velvet.... more »
Silent, stone walls muffle my prayers.
Chains rattle an antiphon dirge.
Obsecration is murmured.
Rosary, links of steel,... more »
The cat broods and waits.
Brooding cat does not forget.
It watches, then, springs! (Haiku)... more »
I hear the winds blow.
The leaves swish their rustling skirts.
Old memories stir once more.... more »
There was a clown.
He was so sad.
He didn't want to be a clown;
He wanted to be a bookworm, instead.... more »
Round-Up Time (Prelude)
Cowboys from Hell ride on this range.
There's no skin on their bones, now isn't that strange?... more »
Katy was an illegal immigrant,
Some 3 inches high. She tended to rant... more »
Ragged clothes, big frightened eyes,
Who cares if they live? Who cares if they die?
Starvation knawing from within,... more »
Kathleen looked at Katy. 'Today Willow Ate:... more »
Time is a hummingbird,
building its nest, laying its eggs,
dipping its beak into flowery deeps;
a shimmering prayer, hovering in the air.
Time is a snake,
sliding over the sand, laying its eggs,
and in some fog-filled fen,
stalking its prey; a writhing dare
slithering into its lair.
But eternity is a lizard,
perched on a rock,
that is old and hard and black -
a four-legged peon,
Time's escort through endless eons.
In an infinitude of sand,
I wondered, could I touch it?
Would it care?
Gently I stretched out my trembling ...
Skeletons skip, ghosts dance,
'Trick or treat! ' 'Trick or treat! '
floats through the night.
Hiding from the moon,
a stark form waits,
without death's grin.
without ghostly hood.