Thursday, February 25, 2010

FOUND poems


one frozen apple
with blistered, shiny skin ~
creek runs under ice
~Annie Dillard's Pilgrim at Tinker Creek


she trained herself
to live 'in deprivation'
just half-sticks of gum
~Joan Didion on Emily Harris

for being famous:
Anna Nicole Smith
~ from the news

her 88th year
most successful one ever
in winning contests
~Hazel Bell Nicholas, personal correspondence

still out of step
twenty years later . . .victim
of a different drum
~Joan Didion, After Henry

". . . living
past celebrity
to exhaustion"
~about W. Faulkner & E. Hemingway by John Leonard (New Yorker)

using words like surreal--
that's surreal."
~Doug Smith, AR Times

". . . single to married
to single in
thirty-six hours"
~Barry Gottlieb on Britney Spears

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Valentine's Day and Snow

Valentine's weekend
playing in new snow
not far from the Gulf
after a walk
Valentine candy breakfast
melting in my hand
Valentine's Day
on their anniversary
he files for divorce
a lilac sky
this lover's-day morning
but in the west
Valentine's Day
last vestiges of big snow
but more is falling
No Luck
crouches from trench
in the snow, preparing
to launch an attack on a bird
gradual snowmelt
revealing stepping stones'
"Patience," "Laugh"
kittens pushing
"Let It Snow" porch rug
into the drifting white stuff
c lovepat press 2010

Sunday, February 7, 2010

February already?

new snow
on pink japonica blooms~
Groundhog Day
a bird's nest
cradling a newborn
burden of snow
leaving the bus stop
bright light in rearview mirror's
the cold morning sun
the vacant house
filching late daffodil buds
to force into blooms
beginning of Lent
the matte of ashes above
her shimmery blouse
west wind
thawing the thin ice
on the birdbath
30 degrees
only the paperman's tracks
in the ice and snow
c lovepat press 2010