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A Journey in Listening

In honor of Mother’s Day and my own mother, who passed away of Lou Gehrig’s Disease, or ALS, eight years ago, I thought I would share the poem I wrote the morning she died. A …

Living Wide Open

I will not die an unlived life.I will not live in fearof falling or catching fire.I choose to inhabit my days,to allow my living to open me,to make me less afraid,more accessible;t…

Poem: A Ream of Paper

“It may be that poetry’s work is preparatory, like the work of the earthworms in garden soil.”

Poem: After Thoreau

“I want to just drowse, / eyelids witness / to curtains of gold swaying ”

Poem: American Persimmon

“Some things are best / enjoyed alone. Some things can only be / enjoyed alone.”

Poem: And That Mysterious Word Holy

“What does that say about holy? / How much power it doesn’t have— / Thou shalt not kill crumpled under our feet.”


"Each time I turn a page, / my skin seems to shiver. / Each time I blink, / my lashes are spider legs."

Poem: Collector

“I comb the shore for collectibles, / easily discarded things / to hang on my inspirational wall.”


"to turn the world inside out, this / delicate force that sometimes hugs / itself so tightly, the fears seem to break"

Poem: Falcon

“How close to human / must the breathed-in air come / before it develops a sense of shame or humor?”

Poem: Fighting the Instrument

"The storm is not as important / as the path it opens."

Poem: from The Truth About Magic

"let the water be weak / so our coffee is strong / so we can stay up late to dance."

Poem: Gemseed by Mark Nepo

“Loving yourself is like / feeding a clear bird / no one else can see.”


"When clouds gather / in the aisle of my mind, / eyebrows withering into space,"

Poem: Hands

“she showed me what she knew— / how to settle alongside lamplight / and fill my lap with skeins”

Poem: I Promise You

"We try like birds awakened by / a tone of light to fly into each / other’s need. And always / wind throws us off."

Poem: Knowing, Drinking, and Seeking

"This being human is a series of / blindnesses that come and go. / But we can outlive our mistakes,"

Poem: Moonlight

“You move with / spirit and grace, / and the stars / bow down”

Poem: Most Valuable

“You want to love fully, yet at the same time / you have to keep a measure of love / for yourself.”

Poem: Mothershell

“I stand here now, gathering shells / whenever they appear. I hold them up / to my ears.”

Poem: Notebook

A poem rummages the self and the tongue for this moment’s response.”

Poem: Positivism

“Hopeful as a pencil sharpened, / clear as one beam of light landing on the table’s far side.”

Poem: Rainy Season

And love, just like rain, is all around us.

Poem: Separation Wall

“They say they are scared of us. / The nuclear bomb is scared of the cucumber.”

Poem: Shadow

“Subscribe to plants, animals, stars, / music, the baby who can’t walk yet”

Poem: Tattoo

"if you nodded at him, or not, / chattering words to / a patience prayer, over and over."

Poem: The Fire That Takes No Wood

"whatever makes us look everywhere / but in our core—this is the smoke / that drives us from the living."

Poem: The Jewels with Which to Make Do, the Jewels That There Were

"Because it means you see what beauty is / here, and what she ought to have: / jewels in a complete set,"

Poem: ​The Kind of May Day It Is

“If days were colors / I would name this one pink, / a pale pink like the rose quartz / pendant I wear,”


"You find / your optimism stuttering. / Sometimes you let yourself / pray then judge yourself"

Poetry: Beatific

I watch him bob across the intersection,  Squat legs bowed in black sweatpants. I watch him smile at nobody, at our traffic Stopped to accommodate his slow going. His arms…

Poetry: Ode to Robert Zimmerman

i store my memories in a vault-like freezerwhere they’ll never thawthey’re all of meyet, somehowyou fit in like i’m the gloveand you’re the skin sheltering mecovering mefor every s…

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