what have we here

found objects, lying forgotten on the ground
or in the gutter
a mitten, a note, an infant’s shoe
or seen from Olympus
the world and everything in it

for Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Photo Challenge

the drums are restless

Taking the field with Sun Devil Marching Band - The State Press

I march to the beat of a different drummer
I’ve been drummed out of many poet groups
even though my poems are tight as a drum
so let me drum this into your head
I do not need to beat the drum for myself

for dVerse Poets Pub


mothers sacrifice
a bedrock human virtue
its absence brings shame

for Imaginary Garden with Real Toads and Pic and a Word Challenge


my nature daydream

frolicsome white seabirds not

covered in black oil


For Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge

our apples

Photo by Annie Spratt

one bad apple spoils the whole barrel

so let’s get rid of the barrel

make all not some classrooms  clean and well-lit

pay our teachers

at a level commensurate with their importance

the importance of teachers always being high

support them in their on-going training

lay in and replenish teaching materials


rotten apples cannot be made fresh

but bad children

whatever bad means exactly

can be helped

supported, guided


doctors heal

we appreciate and reward them

teachers heal too


For 100 Week Wednsday

44 words: not a fire drill

great balls of fire

the fat’s hitting the fire


now catch fire

breathe fire

you ball of fire

show me the fire

in your eyes

in your belly

down below

it’s your baptism of fire


fire your weapon

before i fire you


For dVerse


forest covers hills
dense green warm humid humming
bug crawls on wet log


For Haiku Horizons

have you got a moment?

just a moment…

any moment now…

i’ll be with you in a moment…

this will only hurt for a moment…

these are all long moments, taken moment by moment

in the morse code of life, moments are the dashes

do i live for the moment?

the moment of truth?

never a dull moment?

while i eat mo mints?

while i wait for my mom to say that’s enough init?

while i wait for my moment in the sun

but no… at the moment i’m having an aha moment

a come to jesus moment

a hallmark moment

a kodak moment

a… a senior moment

at this moment, at this moment in time, this weak moment

not a moment too soon

in the heat of the moment

yes yes i am declared the man of the moment

by the woman of the moment


For Pic and a Word Challenge


glacier withdraws at
glacial pace then suddenly
green grass blades appear


For The Daily Post


we were destined for a rough storm

rough as an agitated malamute

as we commuted

but the sentence was commuted

the violent rugged vicious brutal tempest

mutated  transmuted  permuted

calmed  calming   calm

eased  easing   at ease




For Weekly Writing Challenge