Long Hidden Until at Last

the setting sun gives life to shadows cast
from secret places
creeping forth from the past
the setting sun gives life to shadows cast
darkness comes revealing fast
heads hung low with hands on faces
the setting sun gives life to shadows cast
from secret places

“Night Shadows” an etching by Edward Hopper, 1921

– This is a Triolet poem. Photo from The Metropolitan Museum of Art.


Poeters Poet

gathered to share
and practice poeming with
snacks and goodwill. A poetic

– A Cinquain inspired by “The Trouble with Poetry” by Tom Grisso and as a reflection on a recent meeting of the FBCWoo Poetry Group.

Her Ship

The sky beyond her window sill
is still
and trees deny the wind
their bend.

She waits again this morning,
feeling forlorn and

holds her
breath to steady her gaze
as she tries to see
through thickening haze.

With sight focused upon the horizon,
she wonders if the next wave will give rise
to the vessel she is sure to recognize.

She believes
the sea
will deliver

the day when
her ship comes in.

Cape Cod Morning by Edward Hopper. Oil on canvas, 1950.

– This is an Ekphrastic poem. It was inspired by Edward Hopper’s painting ‘Cape Cod Morning’.

Fragments of Childhood (Vol. I) 2018

I have a couple of poems published on Scribe Base. I don’t see a way to re-blog so I am putting the link here.

I am grateful to be included in Fragments of Childhood (Vol. I) 2018.


Alternative Facts

A baboon of average intelligence
can aspire to be anything
it seems.

A broad vocabulary
is not necessary
to hold an esteemed office.

One needs only to convince
enough that he advocates
against the establishment.

Lies become alternative facts.
Dignity and integrity become artifacts.

– This is a Quadrille. I used a random word generator to get the prompts. The prompt words were: baboon, advocate, average, establishment.