I Spy Yellow

I Spy Yellow

all colors and descriptions from A Is for Azure by L.L. Barkat, illustrated by Donna Z. Falcone

you are a Brass-petaled field

a Jasmine coil

a Xanthic mix

sometimes I hear your Yellow hello

you are tucked in a Red bed for gold

you hide in plain sight in Kiwi 

and Vermillion 

and Umber

and Silver

even White 

in the corners of Purple

along a Navy trail

on the far edge of an Iceberg stream

you are nowhere to be found in Fuchsia

I spy you

in a Cranberry twirl

and a Denim blue sea

perhaps that is you on the margins of an Orange flame

in the back of a Midnight terrain — a bulb blooming bright

until morning’s Tangerine sun

An Easy Way to Write Poetry–Journal!

Published January 18, 2019



is juvenile

sic ’em with a poem

get the last word

in rhyme, attempt ragtime

say it slant

leave love

‘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


‘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.

‘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

‘The solution is always’



Basic planks

like, Do you need

 a sandwich? a nap?



Paying attention

Gratitude and grit


Routine and serendipity

Holding yourself in an upright push-up

for a solid minute


then pushing back into a child’s pose

for the next

I believe, help my unbelief


This morning is 9 degrees cooler

than yesterday and the redbud

sprouts leaves

‘I’m Afraid My Raincoat Was Out Dancing All Night’

The inspiration for this poem is Lianne Mercer, who described with great delight her new red raincoat from Lands’ End.


I’m Afraid My Raincoat Was Out Dancing All Night


(the moon was full).

If it had been a sensible brown or black or gray or even navy, no one

would have noticed. But it was red,

the fire engine red of a children’s storybook.

My red raincoat danced

against the creeping drought,

flapped like flopping raindrops, twirled like swirling thunderstorms.


This has happened before.


I’ve had to retrieve my raincoat from many the scene of a dancing

crime. Our relationship is fraught. I want

it to wait quietly in the closet. It wants

to scare up some precipitation.

Neither approach increases atmospheric moisture.


But today


when I went outside before dawn to get the paper, it was wet

with dew. I left the news dripping in the driveway

put on my red raincoat

and together we danced out the door.

‘Morning Swim’

It’s been a while since I’ve shared a poem. I have been writing them, usually when I go to the Thursday morning poetry group, but I don’t always go. This one has been kicking around for over a year. I started it when I taught  The Joyful Partnership of Poetry & Memoir workshop for Tweetspeak. I recently shared it with another poetry class, and they seemed to think it was done. So it’s all yours, world.


Morning Swim

thank you, Maxine Kumin, for the title


Drove to the pool in the dark

like usual

started laps like usual but

the swim team that splashes beside me

makes waves into my miniscule laps

wasn’t in the lane wasn’t

even in the pool hadn’t jumped yet

was still on deck still in Speedos

hugging, crying

even the boys


The coach said

We don’t know why things happen.

            We think we know a person but we never do.

So let’s get in the pool. Swim our 300.


Nineteen teenagers jumped

splashed forward

made waves