Gone Quiet

  There's an old episode of the TV series The West Wing called "Gone Quiet" that I love. A submarine has gone missing in North Korean waters. Are they OK? Or have they just gone quiet? Friends, I need to go quiet. Not because I am in … [Read more]

L.L. Barkat’s “Love, Etc.” volume 11

The poem "6 a.m." starts "You know" and I realize immediately that no, I don't know. I don't know what it's like to wake up at 6 a.m., the bed beside me empty, the sun barely risen. If I'm still in bed at 6 a.m., I am sick. I'm my father's … [Read more]

L.L. Barkat’s “Love, Etc.” volume 10

from Planted How many years now? the tree still not in bloom. L.L. Barkat   Oh, I feel the pain in this one! Whether it's a flowering dogwood that never flowered or just some bloomless bush. It should have worked. It was … [Read more]

L.L. Barkat’s “Love, Etc.” volume 9

Embodiment. That's the title. It's two sentences. I think they would catch my eye even if the were written as prose: "No one thinks of it this way, thinks about incarnation being what we do when we say this is the truth of what I am living day … [Read more]

L.L. Barkat’s “Love, Etc.” volume 8

from Combing:   Sometimes   we take them home, thinking we will find a place for them on the window sill, but the light isn’t quite right and the garden has a little spot where the pink begonias grow in … [Read more]

L.L. Barkat’s “Love, Etc.” volume 7

from You are white smoke against a white sky This one is kind of mysterious. The “you” isn’t there. The “I” is alone. Whatever the reason for the distance or how far it is, an open window makes it seem less so. “I open the glass. / To let me … [Read more]

L.L. Barkat’s “Love, Etc.” volume 6

from But, no he cannot remember the verb for me, L.L. Barkat What if every person had a verb that described their character? What if what we do is who we are? Or, as it was so eloquently sung on Grammar Rock, "I put my thing in action! … [Read more]

L.L. Barkat’s “Love, Etc.” volume 5

from Petit à Petit L’Osieau Fait Son Nid I have been making a such a nest, little by little, time after time, I have been dreaming near a garden in threads of memories, ruby red.   Friends, this weekend I entered the stage of … [Read more]

L.L. Barkat’s “Love, Etc.” volume 4

from “Lunch at Grand Central” For some reason, this poem makes me think of “The Fantasticks,” which I saw last night for the first time in decades. I had the original cast album when I was growing up. I still knew all the words. I knew which ones … [Read more]

L.L. Barkat’s “Love, Etc.” volume 3

I promised myself I wasn't going to post whole poems anymore, but this one is so short. I can't help myself. From now on I'll try to select snippets so as to tempt your taste buds. But for now ... Sometimes when I’m alone, I put the tip … [Read more]