Tweetspeak Poetry: Reading in the Wild, August’s 2018 Pages

Published September 7, 2018

Reading in the Wild: August’s Pages

‘A Map for Samwell Tarley’

A Map for Samwell Tarley


The hills and rivers remain. That is all the map you need.

The scraps of lands where others have traveled ~ you will journey

Past all that. Bring your pen.

Roots will trip you

Ravens will fail you

You will mislay your bundle looking for light

Forward you face each long mile

When you can’t walk, crawl

When crawling fails, sit, not quite quiet

Fill in more of the map



Tweetspeak Poetry: By Hand: Pets

Published August 31, 2018

By Hand: Pets

Tweetspeak Poetry: ‘A Winter’s Tale’ & ‘Exit, Pursued by a Bear’

Published August 30, 2018

Great Friendship Tales: Shakespeare and ‘Exit, Pursued by a Bear’

Tweetspeak Poetry: The Problem with Laura Ingalls Wilder, part 2

Published August 24, 2018

The Problem with Laura Ingalls Wilder: part 2, Half-Pint


Tweetspeak Poetry: The Problem with Laura Ingalls Wilder, part 1

Published August 17, 2018

The Problem with Laura Ingalls Wilder: part 1, Legacy

Tweetspeak Poetry: Children’s Book Club: ‘Two Friends’

Published August 10, 2018

Children’s Book Club: “Two Friends”



Drought is talented

chooses some streets, cedes others


The sky committee dithers over details

which house gets a proper rainbow


which zone deems dew

a deluge


Count each fleck of moisture

drop huddled to drop seated beside velvet drop


WACOAN: School Safety

Published August 2018

an interview with Dr. Marcus Nelson, Waco ISD superintendent; David Wrzesinski, safety coordinator, Robinson ISD; and Jenipher Janek, crisis response team leader for Education Service Center Region 12.


Over the last six years in Region 12 — which serves over 161,000 students across 12 counties and 77 school districts, plus charter, private and parochial schools — Janek says there have been 70 human losses, mostly of students. Some of those have been medical, some accidental, some vehicular. There was one homicide.

“The majority have been suicides,” Janek said. “It’s the No. 1 reason why we are called to schools, and it accounts for half of the fatalities.”


School Safety



The beautyberry bush blooms just as school
starts. The green berry cluster comes out

about the time the yellow school bus pulls up.
Summer’s green purples, like the bruise

on my middle-left toe, taped to its buddy.
Suddenly purple takes over my yard,

the neighbors’s yard, the doctor’s office,
the post office. Every where we are hurt

can’t hold back, can’t wait for fall.
Behold, our pain!

Berries unripened, astringent beauty