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haiku: 14 September 2022

the deep silence
of infinite landscapes
I grasp my son’s shoulder

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14 September 2022
Butcher’s Hill
Baltimore MD

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haiku: 13 September 2022

raven on the lamppost
vans lined up beneath
testing the wind’s direction

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13 September 2022
State College PA

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haiku: 8 September 2022

there are no poems
left to write
clouds across the moon

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8 September 2022
State College PA

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POEM: The Song Of A Million Insects

The Song Of A Million Insects

I stood in the yard of my former wife’s house
and told you (across an ocean) that I worry
there’s no place for me in this world.

A year later I drive by that same yard
on my way to the trailhead
where I park my minivan in lieu of a life.

A million insects are singing
as the moon flirts with an appearance
from behind the smothering clouds.

There’s another minivan in the small gravel lot.
No lights showing inside, no sound.
Two minivans and a million tiny lives.

It’s a miracle to be here at all, I guess.
I have no good answer for Mary Oliver,
so I let the question hang.

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6 September 2022
State College PA

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VIDEO POEM: Must Love Dogs

Must Love Dogs

you loved dogs so much
it was one of my favorite things about you
to have such compassion and joy
for something so simple
when we’d meet a dog on the street
you’d always stop and ask to pet it
I’d send you photos of dogs
encountered on my travels
even now when I see a dog I think of you
I wish I could hear the pitch of your voice change
I wish I could stand back and smile
and wait for you to slip your warm hand into mine

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3 September 2022
State College PA

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haiku: 4 September 2022

waiting at the airport
the plane touches down
as the rain begins to fall

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4 September 2022
State College PA

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haiku: 2 September 2022

if I knew you were coming
I’d have shoplifted a cake
howdy do howdy do howdy do

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2 September 2022
State College PA

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