Sunday, August 16, 2015

The Wedding Gifts

Gift Box Wedding Cake by pinkcakebox

The plates have chipped,
the cups have cracked.
It's much too late
to take them back.

The quilts have ripped,
the towels are rough.
The toaster works--
one side's enough.

Two decades and
four thousand miles
are hard on dishes
and textiles.

The best gifts never
fade, you see:
of me for you,
and you for me.

For my dear husband

Friday, July 31, 2015


Puget Sound Skyline, July 2015

smug skyscrapers swell,
full of human consequence--
dwarfed by lofty mount

Friday, June 12, 2015

On a Pedestal

Courtesy of the Boston Public Library

Leslie Jones Collection

When it gets too hot
in this town there's not a lot
of comfort one can get
in the form of something wet.

I climb in to get my kicks
and escape the baking bricks
and I whistle at the chicks
and ignore the tuts and tsks.

They say this bath is for the birds,
but it's good enough for me!

Monday, May 18, 2015


Dragonfly by Rostislav Kralik

blue sky
blue dragonfly
bright rays break through
gray days
smiles soak up
the tears

Tuesday, January 13, 2015


Photo by Elene Usdin

Don't fret
because I've pulled out
all my baggage.
I'm not moving out
or moving on,
just moving up--
the better to kiss you,
my tall dear.

For The Mag