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whose address should I use?

At the stop sign, I finally look up.
To the south, a cloud shaped like Italy
keeps me company on this back road.
Sunrise comes between us as I drive
burnishes the coastline from gray to
deep pink, rose, soft peach
as that boot lengthens from sturdy rain boot to
thigh-high stiletto and I want to send
a thank you note to the world
that today’s reminder
of constant change is gentle,
even photogenic

though the exclamation mark got lost behind Euchre

The dog and I find a black plastic letter N
in the field by the Methodist church.
My town is so small (How small?)
so small I don’t have to wonder,
but know exactly where it belongs.
On Main Street, the sign board outside the VFW hall
reminds us about Saturday’s Euchre tournament—
though the sign doesn’t use the word tournament
because there is only the one N left in the set
and they used it on the top line which, all week, has read
Go Ukrai e!
So, finally, here it is.
Something I can fix.

welcome back

When I wake
and walk
back into the world
it’s still here
as contradictory as ever.
There’s weather all around—
snow fences rolled up
huge crescents line the field
covered in sunlight yesterday
a sudden snow squall today
And the weather inside —
warm glow of yes, of slowed down,
of thank you,
then a gale of irritation blows through—
the too big puppy leaps into my lap
where he doesn’t fit
and I spill my coffee
Oh, here I am again

Where We’re From

“We want to stay informed about what’s going on in the world, yet absorbing so much negativity leaves us drained and hopeless…we grow numb and disconnected from the suffering of others….(poetry) helps us dive beneath the surface of our lives, and enter a place of wider, wilder, more universal knowing.”
~from the introduction, by James Crews, to his anthology, How To Love The World: Poems of Gratitude and Hope

In that place, there’s a campfire—
And as we gather, our faces
the scent of happy smoke settles in our hair,
nestles into the fibers of jackets, thick sweaters, woven scarves.
This is the smoke of guitar music, laughter, roasted treats.
Not the smoke of destruction, despair.
Here, Ukraine is not a word for a place
nor is Oregon, Moscow, Edinburgh—
Here, close to the fire someone lit for us,
there is no language barrier,
no theft of land or life, no uniforms.
I hand you the bright green scarf knitted just for you.
Someone offers a blue mug of spiced tea for my empty hands
And we talk far into the good night

blizzard, monsoon, or calm all week

another of the many ways
to think of
others, or when we must,
our selves—
How mood shifts
clouds, swift or slow
but moving
your landscape and mine
each of us
in the middle of
our own weather

what are you doing right this minute?

seventeen syllables
in the continuing now
playing -ing -ing…

dog toys

Dog toys
At my feet
When I
Am busy
Writing haiku
To capture
A moment

still February

The last tangerine
wrinkled and dry
in the bowl
of its wintered skin

the opposite of rush hour

five a.m. dark
three cars
none for
many long breaths—
traffic haiku

February darkness

so drawn to light
even the moon
is a friendly face

A Hundred Falling Veils

there's a poem in every day

The Novel Bunch

aka: The Happy Bookers

Red Wolf Prompts

I came to where you were living, up a stair. There was no one there.--John Ashberry, "The New Higher"

typewriter rodeo

custom poems on vintage typewriters

A Poet in Time

One Poet's Writing Practice

Writing the Day

A Ronka Poetry Practice Since 2014

Invisible Horse

Living in the moment