Archives for August 2018

Tweetspeak Poetry: How to Start a Revolution in a Reading Notebook

Published July 19, 2018

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How to Start a Revolution in a Reading Notebook

‘Reinata Caridorada’

Reinata Caridorada


hot sunset steals the gay light

among once-wildflowers dead from drought

where oak and cedar meet — small birds

glean. We grab

phones, snap males sporting black eyeliner

females flashing off-the-shoulder wingbars.


A dozen endangered yellow faces

black throats white bellies

Warblers of charity


Tweetspeak Poetry: By Hand: Sorting

Published July 27, 2018

By Hand: Sorting

‘Crepe Myrtles’

Crepe Myrtles


The technology of these perennials astounds me,

accustomed to trees that never turn and grass that turns

too soon. My blooms lag behind

these sentinels of sidewalk.

If I could resist my mountain nature

I’d stand tall in the summer sun

croon hot pink.

Tweetspeak Poetry: Children’s Book Club: ‘May I Bring A Friend?’

Published July 13, 2018

Children’s Book Club: “May I Bring A Friend?”

the RMNP poems: ‘Twin Sisters’



The lodgepole pines did not

shield. I was too hot, too tired

never made it to either summit

I dream of trying again in September 

(Mom’s month)

when aspens burn 

Next time I will try 

by night.

hike by starlight

arrange for a full moon

‘No Sale’

No Sale


I cannot find the correct vendor

the one that sells the right thing to say

I looked in the restless crowd

looked early in the cave at the edge of the sky

expanded my search through summer

since the desired saying does not seem to be for sale

not today

I take the first train I see

exercise my right to be wrong

say the first word that stands up

says Hi




You could get married, or

you could take a hike–in fact, you should hike

together before you get hitched.

Try a trail before you tie the knot.


Spend the three months before the wedding trekking

El Camino del Santiago (you’ll look fabulous!)

or you could do the steep mile straight up Eagle Cliff

Find out if the fireworks last


Depending on when you go, there could be

drought or snow, sprawling vistas or swamps.

It’s all in the timing. Your feet will be sore, but

you’ll manage. The questions: which suit?

what food? whither favors? Whatever.


Back up at the summit

you’ll know if you have a good catch, and

coming back down, you’ll release it all

even your name.

Tweetspeak Poetry: By Hand: Writing Longhand

Published June 29, 2018

By Hand: Writing Longhand