couple talk

“i love your shoulders.”
“that’s agastopia.”
“you’ve got to stop with the words.”
“ok, but it’s time for our jentacular meal.”
“i’m warning you.”
“honey, we’re just opposites. it’s syzygy.”

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early winter

early blizzard unwelcome
heavy snow wet in unready woods
cars slide over driveway slush
thin lake ice crackles as i swim
walking to bar careful on slick sidewalks
upright on a stool
inside this familiar room with no windows
glass of human antifreeze in my hand
and one or two more
boots squelching as i head back home
lumps of snow slip off neighbors’ roofs
plopping morse code under the eaves
is this gray hair due already
flesh and strength evaporating so soon
migrating birds shoulder each other at my feeders

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haiku

unwelcome blizzard
heavy snow, unready woods
car stuck in driveway

hope against hope

obdurate nature
follows the rules of physics
there are reasons for what happens around us
and to us
no magic
although plenty of mystery
no fate
although plenty of predictability
no predestination
although plenty of  consequences

we hope
we pray
we rationalize
the sun comes up and goes down
time flows
who knows what may happen
surely we’ll be spared
it can’t happen here
it can’t happen to us
history is entertainment

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haiku

animals don’t know
that they are most intrepid
i walk to the store

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haiku

earth’s keepsakes abound
the grand canyon for instance
and maybe humans

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haiku

continuity
nature creates what is new
only from what is now

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poem

minds in a muddle
playing in a puddle
together we huddle
dare i try a cuddle

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haiku

vixen and her kits
sip from stream infused with birch
mine steeps in teapot

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