Friday, February 26, 2016
In early February's grayness, bleak
with icy wind chill factors, roads to match;
depressive news besieging us with crime
and war and homelessness, I spend some time
remembering when love bloomed on my cheek:
a new forever love, a love unique,
I thought. Dame Fate inveigled me to snatch
you from a treadmilled, empty life, attach
myself. Your joviality refreshed
my soul--long steeped in silence. Bonded, meshed
in love, we wed amid red valentines,
those symbols cherished love defines, enshrines.
While vicious winter plays its warring tune,
I snuggle into memory's cocoon.
PL- 2004, published in Lucidity: A Journal of Verse, Spring, 1997
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
full of trail mix
from SAM'S: finger-thick,
salted raisins go in
a glass jar; shake out peanuts
and cashews laced with M-and-Ms
on a napkin. The brightly-colored
candies jarred again for yogurt sundaes.
will be remembered
for its severity:
broken limbs and fallen trees--
many pulling down power lines.
Pioneers bundled up, lit candles,
soon refugeed to any place with heat.
thinks his budget
for the state's better
than the governor's plan.
What hubris! What chutzpah! What
Then I recall that after college,
I thought I, too, could change my local world.
FEAR OF FALLING
twice bitten, it's
mine. I moved the car.
Hearing the soughing winds,
I quickly drove it farther
up the driveway. Spindly maple
limbs, even if they fell, wouldn't bash
the car's roof, as happened with oak branches.
PL, c 2016
Etherees were "invented" by a Malvern AR woman, Etheree Armstrong. A syllabic form of 10 lines, beginning with one syllable and ending with ten.
Saturday, February 13, 2016
allergic to flowers
--Dot McLaughlin, NJ
from Connecting Our Houses,
Laster/ McLaughlin, 1997
second week of Lent
PL - from seagull standing its ground, '16
on their anniversary
he files for divorce
PL - February's Fallout, '03
lacking the courage
to ask a widower out
PL - from hearing puffs of snow, '06
a bouquet of spirea
forced to bloom inside
add to it 5 daffodils,
a spring of japonica
PL - from drop by drop, '13
after a walk
melting in my hand
PL - from winter's loose ends, '05
The pink satin heart,
his first valentine to her,
with buttons and bits of fabric
from forty years of marriage.
D. McL - from the still green horizon, 'o6
HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
I'll rest here on this rock
a little longer."
--penguin, photo, AD-G
shows them how to drink
splashing each other
and Mr. Redbird
Two Trips with Warm Water
in the birdbath
surrounds the plate of ice
beneath. February's sunshine
the gray bird I can't name
eating despite the rain
on the icy limb . . . no food
she joins the robins
seagull on the sand
even when waves lap
through its feet
Friday, February 5, 2016
winter day. I
bring four smallish houseplants
outside for a spate of fresh air.
dogs bark and folks
pass, returning from work.
Nearby, a robin chitters. Oh,
as a flower-
show speciman, except
the iris blossoms several months
warming the cats,
while I use a lap robe--
gift from my son last Christmas--to
in the dining
room--small gray legs climbing
the screen until I rap the loose
of the blackbirds
leaving. Another whump
when they returned. The airplane adds