Saturday, December 31, 2016

Friday, December 30, 2016

30 December 2016

Just after sunset,
Trees silhouetted, houses lit,
And I alone watch.

30 December 2016
(Taken 24 November 2016)



Wednesday, December 28, 2016

28 December 2016

Once, in Italy,
Walking down a narrow street--
In silence, alone. 

28 December 2016



Tuesday, December 27, 2016

27 December 2016

A long life can be
A curse.  Our heroes,  our friends,
Our lovers...All dead.

27 December 2016
(Not quite yet, but it seems
like we're getting there.)

Sunday, December 25, 2016

25 December 2016

Two old people who
Slept late and took naps, this now
Not-so-special day.

25 December 2016

Friday, December 23, 2016

23 December 2016

Just a tabletop,
On a terrace, in the sun,
So many years ago.

23 December 2016




Thursday, December 22, 2016

22 December 2016

Time to sleep.  I hope
That  tonight sleep comes quickly,
And stays 'til morning.

22 December 2016

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

20 December 2016

The solstice is here.
But I watch the sunset and
Wait for the sunrise.


20 December 2016
(Taken about 5:30 PM today)
 

Monday, December 19, 2016

19 November 2016

Looking around, I
See my books, my silent friends,
My hiding places.

19 December 2016

Saturday, December 17, 2016

17 December 2016

This is what you get
When you see beyond the stone
To what lies within.

17 December 2016
(A pair of hands, by Rodin.
In the Rodin Museum. 2007)

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

13 December 2016

Winter's first real snow,
Huge, soft flakes drifting, floating,
Finally landing.

13 December 2016

Saturday, December 10, 2016

10 December 2016

The pond frozen over,
Snow hides the ice, a white sheet
Amid still-green grass.

10 December 2016

Thursday, December 8, 2016

8 December 2016

Outside my window,
Snowflakes swirling in the wind
And disappearing.

8 December 2016

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

7 December 2016

Waking from a dream,
Unsure it had been a dream,

Fearing now to sleep.
7 December 2016
(After waking at 3 AM)

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

6 December 2016

The trees are leafless,
And the leaves are gone.  Autumn
Becoming Winter.


6 December 2016

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

29 November 2016

Sitting here, eyes shut,
Not awake, not quite asleep,
Hoping not to dream.

29 November 2016

Sunday, November 27, 2016

27 Novenber 2016

The long weekend's gone,
And my normal life resumes
Tomorrow morning.

27 November 2016

Saturday, November 26, 2016

26 November 2016

Sorting through photos.
Remembering places and
People I was with.

26 November 2016

Thursday, November 24, 2016

24 November 2016

Grateful for my life,
And concerned for my country...
Hoping for the best.

24 November 2016

Sunday, November 20, 2016

20 November 2016

Watching the light fade
The sky changing color and
Night is upon us.

20 November 2016
 
 


Saturday, November 19, 2016

19 November 2016

Bitterly cold winds
Pushing against my car door,
And I can't get out.

19 November 2016

Thursday, November 17, 2016

17 November 2016

Sitting and waiting,
I realize I’m dreaming,
Strange experience…

17 November 2016

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

16 November 2016

Watching the leaves fall,
Caught by the wind, swirling in
Their annual dance.

16 November 2016

Saturday, November 12, 2016

12 November 2016

I'm thinking too much,
And reading too much, waiting
For consolation.

12 November 2016

Friday, November 11, 2016

11 November 2016

Watching the sun set,
Sky orange and red behind
Ridges of black clouds.

11 November 2016

Thursday, November 10, 2016

10 November 2016

In the midst of death
We must still go on living.
"That's how the light gets in."

10 November 2016

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

8 November 2016

On this fateful day,
The dog wants to kill squeakies.
She's without a care.

8 November 2016

Friday, November 4, 2016

4 November 2016

A November night.
Lights shine from a distant house.
The moon overhead.


4 November 2016
 
 

Thursday, November 3, 2016

3 November 2016

Well past midnight, and
Fireworks are still exploding,
To chants of "Go, Cubs."

3 November 2016

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

1 November 2016

November begins,
And all around me I see
People wearing shorts.

1 November 2016

Monday, October 31, 2016

31 October 2016

No one came knocking,
No strange sounds or shapes intrude
On our peaceful night.

31 October 2016

Sunday, October 30, 2016

30 October 2016

Sitting in the dark,
Listening to my music...
Dylan and Springsteen.

30 October 2016

Saturday, October 29, 2016

29 Oct0ber 2016

I, too, have grown old,
Not planning to live this long,
Not ready to leave.


29 October 2016

Thursday, October 27, 2016

27 October 2016

After the rain ends,
The leaves covering the street
Making a path for me.
27 October 2016


Monday, October 24, 2016

24 October 2016

It's far past midnight,
And my mind will not let go.
So I sit and write.

24 October 2016

Sunday, October 23, 2016

23 Obtober 2016

Sitting in the sun
Even in late October
Warms body and soul


23 October 2016

Saturday, October 22, 2016

22 October 2016

Riding in the car,
Driving into the sunset,
Blinded by the light.

22 October 2016

Friday, October 21, 2016

21 October 2016

Sparrows in the trees,
Chattering at each other,
And, as well, at me.


21 October 2016

Thursday, October 20, 2016

20 October 2016

Today, a cold rain,
An autumn rain, constant,
Dripping from the trees.

20 October 2016

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

18 October 2016

Small things...birds singing
When I wake, the sun breaking
Through the clouds, music.

18 October 2016

Monday, October 17, 2016

17 October 2016

Geese overhead as
The days and nights grow cooler,
Flying who knows where.

17 October 2016

Thursday, October 13, 2016

13 October 2013

Late one night, I saw
This orchid by a window.
And now it is here.
13 October 2016
 
 
 


Wednesday, October 12, 2016

12 October 2016

The wind bends the trees,
Leaves now nature's percussion,
Not a night for sleep.

12 October 2016

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

11 October 2016

Watching the sun set.
Black clouds drift past red and
Yellow horizon.
11 October 2016
(Taken about 7:30 tonight)



Saturday, October 8, 2016

8 October 2016

A constant drumbeat
Assaulting us all, so all
We want is silence.

8 October 2016

Thursday, October 6, 2016

6 October 2016

Hanging in the sky,
The crescent moon shines against
A curtain of black


6 October 2016
(Taken about 9 45 PM)
 

Monday, October 3, 2016

3 October 2016

Up before sunrise.
The day just a distant glow.
Mists shroud the houses.


3 October 2016

Sunday, October 2, 2016

2 October 2016

October sunset,
Before the leaves have fallen.
Watching the light fade.


2 October 2016


Saturday, October 1, 2016

1 October 2016



Bright sun, cool breezes…
October arrives in style.
Glad to be alive.
1 October 2016

Friday, September 30, 2016

30 September 2016

Puddles in the yard,
Earthworms on the driveway, and
Birds pecking around.

30 September 2016

Thursday, September 29, 2016

29 September 2016

Lying in the road,
A dead raccoon, who wanted
Just to cross the road.

29 September 2016

Monday, September 26, 2016

26 September 2016

When the crabapples
Were all gone, the yard bunny
Quit coming around.

26 September 2016

Sunday, September 25, 2016

25 September 2016

Just a brief downpour,
But the dog gets as close to me
As she ever does.

25 September 2016

Thursday, September 22, 2016

22 September 2016

The dog rolls over,
So I rub her belly.  Then
We both feel better.

22 September 2016

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

21 September 2016

Watching the dog play
With tattered squeaky toys, and
I start to relax.

21 September 2016

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

20 September 2016

Reading late at night,
Finding much to think about,
Some things to forget.

20 September 2016

Monday, September 19, 2016

19 September 2016

Trees bend in the wind,
Rain dances across the roof--
Rhythms of the storm.


19 September 2016

Sunday, September 18, 2016

18 September 2016

Early this morning,
Shadows dancing with the wind
On my bedroom wall.


18 September 2016

Saturday, September 17, 2016

17 September 2016

A very long night,
Awake, much stress and worry...
Time to try again.
17 September 2016

Thursday, September 15, 2016

15 September 2016

Heading for  my bed,
Hoping to sleep tonight, but
Not counting on it.

15 September 2016

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

14 September 2016

Some nights, I fear sleep,
And one day I will not wake.
That day draws nearer


14 September 2016

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

13 September 2016

I'm watching the moon
Crawl slowly across the sky

Just before sunset.
13 September 2016

Thursday, September 8, 2016

8 September 2016

Set for anything,
Carrying my umbrella,
But the storms pass by.

8 September 2016

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

7 September 2016

Large weeds in the yard.
So I got my weed-whacker.
And the weeds are gone.

7 September 2016
(Temporarily.)

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

6 September 2016

Hot, and dripping sweat,
I stumble to my car, and
Try find a cool place.

6 September 2016

Sunday, September 4, 2016

4 September 2016

Late night, and fireworks
Are making our dog nervous...
It's a holiday.

4 September 2016

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

31 August 2016

Thinking of old friends,
Many years and great distances...
Will we meet again?

31 August 2016

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

30 August 2016

Walking to my car,
Hoping to get there quickly,
And the storm begins.

30 August 2016

Sunday, August 28, 2016

28 August 2016

After the rain ends,
And just before the sun sets,
A rabbit grazing.


28 August 2016
(Taken about 7:45 PM)
 

Saturday, August 27, 2016

27 August 2016

Early afternoon,
Sitting in the sun room, and
Watching the rain fall. 

27 August 2016

Friday, August 26, 2016

26 August 2016

The rain's so heavy
I can't see the street, and can't
Hear anything else.

26 August 2016

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

24 August 2016

Skies suddenly dark,
Rain like bullets strikes the ground,
And the sky explodes.


24 August 2016

Monday, August 22, 2016

22 August 2016

Watching the dog play,
I wish that we all could be
That spontaneous.

22 August 2016

Saturday, August 20, 2016

20 August 2016

Tiny grasshopper,
In the sun, before the rain,
On our patio.


20 August 2016

Thursday, August 18, 2016

18 August 2016

Needing peace and calm,
I separate myself from
The world for a while.

18 August 2016

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

17 August 2016

Another full moon,
Catching my eye at bedtime,
Happens once a month…


17 August 2016
(Taken about 10:30 tonight)
 
 

Sunday, August 14, 2016

14 August 2016

Strange light at sunset,
Leaves and sky have been transformed
After the storm passed.


14 August 2016
(Taken 8:45 PM, 8/13/16)
 

Saturday, August 13, 2016

13 August 2016

Rain falls steadily,
Making the day seem too long,
Keeping us inside.


13 August 2016

Friday, August 12, 2016

12 August 2016

My wife  and my dog,
Both napping.  And here I am,
Writing and reading.

12 August 2016

Monday, August 8, 2016

8 August 2016

Music makes me whole…
Listening to John Coltrane
On “After the Rain.”


8 August 2016
(On his 1963 LP Impressions)

Sunday, August 7, 2016

7 August 2016

Late afternoon, and
Clouds begin to fill the sky,
The storm is coming.


7 August 2016
(Taken at 2:30 PM)
 

Friday, August 5, 2016

5 August 2016

Driving aimlessly,
Lost in my thoughts...then I see
A field of lilies.

5 August 2016

Thursday, August 4, 2016

4 August 2016

Our yard rabbit is
Getting plumper by the day...
All those crabapples...

4 August 2016

Sunday, July 31, 2016

31 July 2016

A day spent with books,
Browsing, dozing over them,
Reading intently.

31 July 2016

Saturday, July 30, 2016

30 July 2016

A lazy day, and
Our lazy dog has spent her time
Just lying around.

30 July 2016

Friday, July 29, 2016

29 July 2016

A leaf in the dark,
Caught in a stray beam of light,
A burst of color.


29 July 2016
(9:45 PM)
 

Thursday, July 28, 2016

28 July 2016

A ripe crabapple,
A treat, soon to vanish,
Lunch for a squirrel.


28 July 2016
 
 

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

27 July 2016

Crabapples falling,
Rabbits and squirrels eating...
A summertime feast.

27 July 2016

Monday, July 18, 2016

18 July 2016

Feeling  old and tired,
Sleeping in my chair, waking
Only to go to bed.

18 July 2016

Friday, July 15, 2016

14 July 2016

No stars and no moon.
Only the street lights shining
In the lonely night.

14 July 2016

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

13 July 2016

Thunderstorm arrives,
And the dog cowers near me,
Hopes I'll protect her.

13 July 2016

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

12 July 2016

Watching a rabbit
Dining on a crabapple
Just before sunset.


12 July 2016
 
 

11 July 2016

A ghost-like presence
In the night…the crabapples
Glow out of the dark.


11 July 2016
 
 

Saturday, July 9, 2016

9 July 2016

Very late last night,
The return of the bullfrog
Did not make me happy.

9 July 2016

Sunday, July 3, 2016

3 July 2016

Chilly, rainy, and
Dark all day.  The good news is--
No fireworks all day...
3 July 2016

Saturday, July 2, 2016

2 July 2016

Just after night falls,
Distant outbreaks of fireworks...
The dog hides near me.


2 July 2016

Thursday, June 30, 2016

30 June 2016

3 AM.  Sirens
Break into my sleep...accident?
Fire?  I'll never know.

30 June 2016

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

27 June 2016

After the rain ends,
The bullfrog resumes his song.
I am not amused.


27 June 2016

Sunday, June 26, 2016

26 June 2016

After the sun sets,
Clouds cover the moon and stars,
Strong winds bend the trees,
26 June 2016

25 June 2016

When I close my eyes,
Sometimes the world seems to spin.
Something I don’t need.


25 June 2016

Friday, June 24, 2016

23 June 2016

A “flock of fireflies”
Is doubtless not a real thing…
But just look outside.


23 June 2016

Monday, June 20, 2016

Four for the Solstice: 20 June 2016

I. 7:00 PM

The clouds, drifting in
From the West, dark as midnight--
Summer storm warning.

II. 8:30 PM

The sky is clear now,
After the rain and thunder
And my tears have gone.

III. 9:00 PM

The summer solstice…
The sun not yet set, the clouds
Still bathed in light.

IV. 9:30 PM

The fireflies come out
Just after the sun has set,
Mimicking lightning.


20 June 2016

Sunday, June 19, 2016

19 June 2016

The sky a pale blue,
The roads shimmer in the heat.

The dragonflies doze.

19 June 2016