Category: poetry

Hello, Moon

Hello, Moon
After the time shift, it’s dark by 5 PM now. This takes some getting used to. Yes, artificial lights are helpful, and we have many kinds. There’s glow-in-the-dark running shoes, jackets, dog leashes, bike tires. There are special lights that reproduce the natural light spectrum to help with seasonal depression. There’s screens and phones, and... Read more »

October Sweaters

October Sweaters
When the frost is on the pumpkins and ghosts and monsters give you frights You’re going to need a sweater to keep you warm on spooky nights. Maybe someone made it for you, sweating in July, or you found it in a thrift shop, when you went in days gone by. A bonus if it’s... Read more »

Days of Grass

Days of Grass
It was Saturday, the First of May. Sun and blue sky and green leaves. May 1 is a day sacred in ancient times, the day half way between the spring equinox and the summer solstice. It is a day of celebration. And it seemed many people had the same idea. It was grass-cutting day! Wake... Read more »
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Flowering Season

Flowering Season
“The alphabet of the trees is fading in the song of leaves …” —-William Carlos Williams We do not get the news from poems. But spring is here in Chicago, and we are once again saddened by needless death. Shootings in Indianapolis and Austin, Texas. In Chicago, people marched in the streets for Adam Toledo,... Read more »

April, Beginning Again

April,  Beginning Again
April is National Poetry Month, and I’m thinking of TS Eliot, Geoffrey Chaucer and William Shakespeare, who all wrote poems with April in them. I think of William Carlos Williams, and “the song of leaves” So beautiful, this time of new green leaves, and sparrows and robins in the branches. Dawn chorus, and the solitary... Read more »

Every time we wash our hands

Every time we wash our hands
There is  a new kind of March Madness. These are pandemic and uncertain times.  We are washing our hands obsessively now, and I’m trying not to touch my face. The subways have never been so clean. But amid empty stadiums, school closings, events cancelled or postponed, the madness of toilet paper hoarding, and no peanut butter or... Read more »
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What if there was no moon?

What if there was no moon?
This post was inspired by an article on Astronomy.com. You can read more here. We look up at the moon, and what do we see?  Do we see what poets saw, what astronomers in  Egypt and Persia saw thousands of years ago?  There are human footprints on the moon, now.  The moon is a muse,... Read more »

Seasons of October

Seasons of October
October has many seasons between lingering summer and the first frost of winter. Now come days of sun and blue sky, days of gray and cold  rain. I don’t know if there is a name for this season that falls between the fall equinox in September and the cross–quarter day at the end of October, which we call Halloween.... Read more »

Big Snow Moon

Big Snow Moon
Monday morning started with lake-effect snow, softly falling, covering streets and sidewalks.  There was shoveling and snow-blowing, and the feeling of accomplishment  of clearing a pathway or a parking space. By the afternoon,  the snow had melted on the darker surfaces of streets and sidewalks.  Such is the changing weather, here. If you think it’s been... Read more »
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Sparrows in Winter

Sparrows in Winter
They are the birds of winter, the survivors, the sparrows chirping  on the rooftops. Even in winter, puffed up against the cold, perching on the stems of the sunflowers and autumn grasses. They are bold in their audacity, earth-colored in brown and grey.  They are with us all winter, cheerful company,  even in the cold and snow... Read more »