Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Angry Birds

The love of my life 
was carried aloft 
by a flock of raging white seagulls

A desperate grab at his sibilant hand 
met only the empty air

He unwillingly floated 
and pierced my eyes 
with his knowing Vedic gaze 
then, he simply sailed away

No time for last goodbys
No time for I'm sorrys
No time for his tonal touch 
to let me know, that all would be well

Those seagulls
Those seagulls
Those seagulls are stronger than they look 

and what has been lost
will not be found 
now that it has been unbound

Monday, September 2, 2013

The Rush

An unexpected appointment,
a hurried rush,
squeezed into a fragment of a lunch hour.

You pick me up in the truck.
We exchange words, jumbling out without thought,
purging events of the morning.

In the haze of sound,
I feel the closeness of the cab walls,
caccooned next to you,
the two of us alone without our daughter,
the love of our lives,
for the first time in months.

And your words flow over me unheard--
so sorry my love--
because you have suddenly become brighter, luminescent,
and I marvel at the blueness of your eyes
and your olive skin burnished by the sun,
and I take your hand in mine.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Golden Gate Park

We have made our way into San Francisco.
All around us is hushed.
Those sounds do not sing,
your eyes are not blue.

Hold my hand Reptile.
Walk our storied path to Golden Gate Park
and try to remember
when I ever loved you.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

The Game

The Devil resides between layers of chocolate cake,
moist, yielding, the promise of melting in my mouth.
Hunkered down in creamy, dark ganache,
he knows I am weak.

He lurks down dark alleys and lonely streets,
shadowy, making noises unseen.
Dredging up feelings of fear and uncertainty,
I hesitate, cower, and turn toward more traveled roads.

He waits beyond steep mountain curves,
sheer and achingly beautiful.
I grip the door of the car harder, looking straight ahead
as he laughs at the scenery I have missed.

It is all a game to him,
To overcome or be overcome.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

The Devil

I sometimes feel the Devil
rides across Planet Earth                                                     
looking for points of easy entry.
Like a hacker probing the system for flaws               
looking for the unlocked backdoor,
Diablo works day and night
to access our vulnerabilities.

I, have been made dimpled from all my probes.
Skin stretched from point to point
in a constellation of scars.
Just as one puncture heals another one appears.
Satan knows well my systems peculiarities,
and exploits them quite elegantly, quite easily.

The world seems to be splatters and dots of red
and I wonder when enough blood will be spilt.
Attracted to weakness, The Prince of Darkness
(seeking his own safe place just as mortals do)
flies to the house with the Crimson porch light,
crouches in the corner, and silently waits for me to walk by.

Friday, July 12, 2013


She told me she was a stone,
smooth and tumbled,
worn down by steady currents so gentle, yet insistent and powerful.

Her crags and crevices abraded away,
bashed and broken,
pounded by constant forces so strong, yet glacially slow.

Until one day there was nothing,
no protrusions to catch on, to wedge her in place,
and she was smooth,
tumbling endlessly downstream.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Flor de Fango

you will be covered with shame

Break Down—Break Through

DNA shards sloughing off
through our sojourn in Obidiah

With my nest not set in the stars
But in the rich Spanish Fango

Sephardi in my bloodlines with
A kink in my spine to prove it

We travel to our home of destiny
My little Flor de Fango
My sweet Mud Flower

Sunday, June 23, 2013


Tell me your fantasies, he whispered,
brushing a whisp of hair,
rich and glossy as honey dates,
away from her eyes.

Tell me your fantasies, he whispered,
tracing the line of her arm,
warmed and tanned by the desert sun,
with his finger.

Tell me your fantasies, he whispered,
gazing into her eyes,
blue and refreshing as the life-giving water of an oasis.

Tell me your fantasies, he whispered,
and I will tell you mine.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Pouilly Fuisse

We have spent the day at the beach
(my lover—my mistress—my paramour)
our towels merely feet from the tide
as close as we can get is what we want

We lay side by side and fall asleep
(the heat—the sounds—the mist)
the tides creep closer to our slumber
bodies paralyzed by liquid dreams

Washing out to sea with no cares
(divorce—family feuds—sunburns)
floating on the  endless sea grass
we finally crack open the Pouilly Fuisse

Drink my love, drink
and I will drink to thee

Monday, May 27, 2013

At the shore

Standing the water's edge
scrunching toes digging in to gritty sand
grains scratching, itching
bringing my attention to unnoticed places

I dig deeper
at the absurd firmness
of countless grains of sand,
a million acrobats
balancing on one another's shoulders,
suspending me,
above what I don't know

The water rushes in to take its turn
enticing my acrobats
to abandon me, one by one

I feel them leave
as my feet sink down
lowering me,
toward what I don't know

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Kite flying in the Spring of 1968

I am ten years old
and it is time to fly a kite

For what small change
I can squeeze out from
the small slit of my fathers
plastic change purse
I can fly a kite

Running to Parade Market
I make a list:

My sense of pride grows
as my kite fly's higher and higher
with each tug of the
long white string

Thursday, May 16, 2013

The Kite

The kite soared,
danced and tumbled,
Teased by an erratic breeze.

Tail up, tail down,
Not unlike the four year old
at the end of its string.

Mommy, she cried. Look!
The kite
is flying

Friday, May 10, 2013


One conceived in ignorance
One conceived in trust
One conceived in love
Two conceived in lust

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Child's Play

I want sleep, I can't sleep, I want sleep, I can't sleep
I want sleep, I can't sleep, I want sleep, I can't sleep
I want sleep, I can't sleep, I want sleep, I can't sleep
I want sleep, I can't sleep, I want sleep, I can't sleep
I want sleep, I can't sleep, I want sleep, I can't sleep
I want sleep, I can't sleep, I want sleep, I can't sleep
I want sleep, I can't sleep, I want sleep, I can't sleep
I want sleep, I can't sleep, I want sleep, I can't sleep
I want sleep, I can't sleep, I want sleep, I can't sleep

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Trefoil Crown

will you take a walk with me
slow past the future
a ramble to an alternative universe
not yet hatched
sometimes it might be best to close your eyes
or cover your ears
but having been there and having learned the lessons of fear
i will hold your hand
i will sooth your brow
and when you want to scream i will say:
shush, shush everything is ok

will you take a walk with me
slow past the future

i am not scared she trumpets
the past
the present
the future
is my trefoil and i wear it as my crown

there is an ambulance wailing in the background
and as she runs down the street
away from me, just away from me
and holds tightly to her trefoil crown
she flashes out a thrill charged smile
at no one i can see

It's Time

          Counting hours, minutes
                                  A walk on a razor's edge
                    The birth of a child

Monday, April 29, 2013

Sidewalk Shrine

Someone has set up a sidewalk shrine
next to the pharmacy on Agua Fria Street

An Orphic Abuelita sleeps there every night
beneath crocheted blankets and handmade quilts
Teddy Bears and metallic balloons
sympathy cards, birthday cards
plastic flowers and real flowers
faded photographs
frozen tears
magical wishes
alleged confessions
false sympathy and
enough regret to keep her warm until morning

All this piled on top of one frail aged woman

                                          who dreams of flesh and blood

                                                          while lightly touching an empty yellowed cradle

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Touch It II

Draped around a metal pole,
Tied like a scarf,
To ward off the morning fog,

A blazing yellow banner,
Signaling that yet again
Someone has gone too far.

A night of excess,
Mixed with a good dose 
Of insecurity and something to prove.

The shots were surprisingly quiet,
Easily mistaken for forbidden fireworks
Squirreled away for a special occasion.

But the dead young man
knew the difference,
Though it doesn’t matter much to him now.

It was weeks ago,
Yet the crime scene tape remains,
And my neighborhood will never be the same.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Touch It

Who will touch her scar and tell her 
it is pretty and "adds character" ?
Who will know how it got there
and what to do when it never heals?

These are soul scars
deep and depth charged
unfathomable to the naked eye.

Touched only by love
Pain lessened by empathy 
Touch it
Touch it
Touch it
what doesn't kill us will surely make us go mad

Saturday, April 20, 2013


He picked at the scab.
Flakes, black and crusted
Fall away.
“That’s disgusting,” I said.
My stomach churns.
I don’t know why.
I know there are far worse things.
My mother always said
That picking scabs leaves scars.
This is a line in the sand.
It separates those who pick
From those who don’t.
I baby my scabs,
Cover and shelter them until
They are strong enough
To protect me, shelter me,
From the outside,
Until I heal,
Emerging from my cocoon,
Baby soft and new.
But there are those, you,
Who pick,
Who cannot wait
For healing.
You want it on your time
And you chisel away
At any reminder of past injuries,
Moving on
With only pale hollows
To remind you of where you have been.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Sucker Punch

April opened up like a punch in the gut

April is here old man,
April is here

Everything is changing and
the wind has blown your umbrella
inside out

Airborne particles will lull you with
Cherry Blossoms nearly crimson
and purplish Dutch Crocus
that keel and explode with color

Small tufts of sweet baby Chickweed
poke about between cracks 
in the glittered pavement

All signs of new life
All vie for attention 
All we need do is look

April is here old man,
April is here
Damn the torpedo's and full steam ahead

Monday, April 15, 2013


April is here
A third of the year has passed,
And I can’t tell you where it’s gone.
Each day breaks,
Crashing over me,
And I tumble endlessly.
Be here, now.
Be here, with the swell
Riding the crest, floating.
Oh, those days are as rare as the perfect wave.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Introduction: new blog contributor

I would like to introduce a new contributor to this blog. Her name is Toni Gibbs. She will be contributing along with me, Tru Dillon to this blog. As this blog has sat quiet for a few months (with many changes going on in life), we are eager to start writing.
Thanks for stopping by and reading our poetry.