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Letters from Quarantine – Fifth Week

Twenty-ninth Day The morning had been cloudy and cool but the day had cleared out and warmed up to a spectacular spring afternoon. The flowers were beginning to bloom, and they made his nose run, but he didn’t care. He loved to photograph them. He loved the insects who did their lives’ work in those […]

Doug’s Spurs – a Memorial Day Meditation

Doug was my father’s older brother by five years. He was killed in France in 1944. It fell to me to be the keeper of the few artifacts of his life: his spurs, his pocket watch, dog tags, casket flag and Purple Heart. Also, my middle name, Douglas, was from him. Doug was in a […]

The Intuitive Flash

The last half-dozen poems I’ve written have appeared in an almost instantaneous flash. A couple of them required no editing at all, at least to my eye. Other people seem to like them. This group of poems has received more than my average of likes and retweets on WordPress, Twitter and LinkedIn, and while it’s […]

I saw you in my dream, my love

I saw you in my dream, my love.You were beautiful and young,the way I remember you.I remember your dark hair –your lovely shape,your body that was worththrowing my life away.You were that good.You wouldn’t speak to mein the dream.You looked into an emptyhigh chair –the baby we never had. You said nothing and hurriedaway, in […]

Irises, 2020

Click on any frame to open the gallery view Stuck home in the quarantine with a new camera, a Nikon D7500, with an ancient lens. I raise these flowers every year. I got the bulbs from my friend, Annette Browning.


I went to the butcher shop to get a steak for supper. People were doing an OK job of distancing, but only one other customer besides myself wore a protective mask. The employees all wore masks and the shop had installed Plexiglas shields at the cash register to protect whoever rang up the merchandise. There […]

It is the cruelest thing in the world

When you run pedal to the metalfor a thousand years, overheating,a day comes when you hit the wall.The Mother Goddess offered mea pitcher of ice cold water,and I took it, and I drank itwith whiskey and rock music. She reminds me of our childrenand I say I don’t remembernot really believing  a word I’m saying.She […]

When You’re Stuck At Home…

Click on any frame to open the gallery view… This quarantine stuff really sucks. If I had any sense, I’d plow up the whole back yard and plant a garden.

Letters from Quarantine – Fourth Week

Twenty-second Day The morning was frosty and clear, 20° below average. The first thought in his mind was, “The plague is still here.” He wondered how long it would be before that was no longer his first thought in the morning. He checked the Twitter news and found that the never-ending freak show was still […]

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