gone to Vermont

March 14, 2007


if you run a hospital

March 6, 2007

if you run a hospital
walk around

if you run a school
walk around

if you run a family
walk around

if you are
mismanagement 101

stay in your chair

One week later…

November 29, 2006

I turn the can
of Planters Mixed Nuts
peering into a greasy
kaleidoscope –

not a cashew
to be found

only Jordans,
Filberts, and Peas
in my disdain.

They are all
that remain

of the feast.


November 21, 2006

it is unexpectedly cold
as we jump naked
under the covers.
shivering toward each other
we giggle,

knowing we will soon
be cozy.

mice dreams

November 20, 2006

the mouse curls up
in her hidden nest
of paper and twine.

she dreams of your breath
while you lay traps near
her perfect droppings.

you lie in your bed
of cloth and stolen feathers
to dream of sudden death.

it feels like America again

November 8, 2006




it feels like America again
like a flag snapping high and proud

who oversees the lines
and says – yes! you can speak for me


dad wore hats

August 30, 2006

not when he should have

on a cold bright day
he would yell to us
where is your hat?
while the wind played
in his hair.

nor the way he should have

it was always
crunched atop his head
by a nephew or daughter
running around our backyard
at a picnic.

nor what he should have

into the dewy night
the adults would sing
heads touching in harmony
dad smoking a Chesterfield
wearing a bonnet.