Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Childhood Home


From the age of nine onward, this was my home in South Euclid, Ohio, shared with parents, four siblings and a cousin.

My sister, three brothers and I sat on those steps, ran round and round the perimeter, climbed the maple tree (at left), raked leaves, threw red rubber balls against the steps, played jacks and spud and tag, roller-skated on the sidewalk and washed those windows with vinegar and water.

Such a good, good place.

(With thanks to college student Anastasia Demor for the current photo.)

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Crabby Crab


Strolling along the beach today
cool breeze sparkled water

met this fellow
skittering sideways:


left left left
right right right 

black beaded eyes swiveling 

missing a leg or two.

Poor crabby fellow
looking for a place
to hide.

He's hoping
I won't 
step
on
him.

I'm hoping
the
same.


xx

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Forgive Me


Forgive Me

I ate the last piece
of apple turnover
so warm, so sweet
with
the last scoop
of vanilla ice cream
so smooth, so cool
drizzled 
with
the last drops of
dark chocolate sauce
so rich, so fine

I don't know
what came over me
but
it was 
so good, so good.



xx

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Found a Creech


On a walk
miles from home

found 
sign
for
a

Creech

Helloooo, Creecher

xx




Saturday, March 22, 2014

The Truck


Spotted this blue truck
on my walk today

blue truck blue truck
stopped me in my tracks

Such a truck!

There's a whole story
right there
in that blue truck

you hear it?
you feel it?

Man!
Such a truck!

This is why writers don't run out of
ideas

because you can be just walking along
and
come upon
such a thing
as 
this
blue
truck

and your mind starts whirring
and you want to know 
where it's been
and who drives it
and where it's going

you want to lean on its shiny fender
and listen

you want to hug
a
truck

you want to thank
that truck
for being
along your path

Oh, man!

. . 

xx

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Simplicity


Purity
simplicity
beauty

a world in this one photo

. . .

I think these same aims
are in my mind
when I write:

purity
simplicity
beauty

a world in this one story

xx

Friday, March 14, 2014

Sign Posts


All these cheery bright 
colors
and
signs

and that sky
that sky

oh
my

!

xx