National Poetry Month – Day 15

some free-writing… Shot One today was my day, pfinally!rolled up to the COEwith my ID and QR code cones outlined multiple lanesdidn’t take longdidn’t hurt at allsat for pfifteen minutesletting that good Pfizer dosedo its thing pfelt a little tired apfterbut not bad, hope tomorrowdoesn’t lay me out shot one done

National Poetry Month – Day 14

This one came up on Facebook memories from 2014. I remember writing this that night with the full moon glowing outside after watching the San Diego poetry grand slam final where the winners would represent San Diego at the national poetry slam. The year before, the SD team had placed 4th at nationals. They would…

National Poetry Month – Day 12

Haikus for Daunte you should be alivenot just a trending hashtagyour Black life mattered the cop who shot youresigned from the force todayshe could make that choice protests continuepolice need to stop killingBlack people right now this kind of traumareverberates, keeps cominggrief becomes standard not even a yearsince the world watched George Floyd killedin the…

National Poetry Month – Day 11

Here’s one from 2015. I have no recollection of where this one came from, and from the sentiment, that’s probably a good thing. Digging for Air tears came quickly todaythe aftermath heavylike wearing wet woolinto the deep endif you take the plungeyou have to be readyfor the rush water covers your earsso you can’t hear…

National Poetry Month – Day 10

Things feel heavy, so here’s something light. I’ve been copying and pasting poems that I wrote and only posted on Facebook mostly in 2014 and 2015 into Word docs so I have them more permanently housed. Ode to Lilacs from these leafy bushesspring bursts forthin purple huesand intoxicating scents but they also bring back a…

National Poetry Month – Day 9

I think after I posted day 8’s poem, I lost a bit of momentum because that one was so emotional for me and took me a while to write. So there may be some double posts coming up. Here’s one I just wrote for something miraculous that happened on April 9, 2021. Rarities Some things…

National Poetry Month – Day 8

Here’s something new I’ve been working on for a while. I’m in a songwriter book club, and the first book of the year was On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong who is also a poet. I thought the book was an amazing piece of writing. It had very layered storytelling, and it was…

National Poetry Month – Day 7

Here’s another older piece. I wrote it toward the end of 1999, when everyone was freaking out about Y2K. Then I kind of forgot about it until 2002 when I revised it some, then I put it away for another two years. So this is maybe the final version. Meet Me at the End of…

National Poetry Month – Day 6

Here’s something a little different. I went to an open mic jam circle type thing on Zoom a couple weeks ago. The hostess features an artist every week. Folks can play a cover tune or something inspired by the artist or whatever. The artist that week was Leonard Cohen, so I read my poem “The…