NPM – 19 of 30

Teddy I reach for him almost every night a relic from my childhood he’s never left my side with an unimaginative name and nothing really cuddly about him he is still my comfort when I was little and had amassed a menagerie of stuffed animals a coven of dolls my mother thought of an idea…

NPM – 13 of 30

Lost Ideas droplets seeds dust flakes grains cells pinpoints petals blades shards scraps bits slivers morsels crumbs specks splinters atoms dabs touches blink and they’re gone

NPM – 2 of 30

Lung Point I discovered a bruise about a month ago when I pulled my shirt off at the end of the day I was surprised when I saw it by its darkness, by its shape – a narrow horizontal oval on my upper left bicep I touched it, but there was no pain I thought back…

NPM – 30 of 30

So I’ll admit that I’m fudging a little bit here. I wrote something new last night, and I thought I would post it here. But I’m not quite ready to have it be seen. So I’m going to post this other piece I wrote in New Mexico. It’s an ‘identity’ poem where you consider memories…

NPM – 29 of 30

So, I only have 3 more days to post 1 more poem (after this one) for my 2017 national poetry month poems, and then it starts all over again on April 1 for 2018. I had forgotten that I wrote this silly little piece in New Mexico. It was based on an improv exercise we did….

My Night with Janis Joplin

The dinner I had before the show was fabulous. . . . . . . . I had seen a version of this show, “A Night with Janis Joplin,” many years ago, but it was called “Love, Janis” after the book Janis’s sister, Laura, had written. I saw it in the small Lyceum Theatre, and…

NPM – 26 of 30

I wrote this poem in October during the full moon. I thought with tomorrow’s early morning lunar spectacular (blue moon/super moon/blood moon/lunar eclipse), this poem was appropriate. Oh yeah, and also the president’s first SOTU. ~~ Moon Shine Last night I kept the blinds open, unconcerned about who might see into my bedroom, spy the…

I was challenged by…

Today’s reflection is “I was challenged by…” I gotta say this one is tough for me, not because I didn’t have challenges, but nothing that defined my year, which is a good thing. But I did think of a couple things, one personal and one more global. My job These last 6 months or so…

Circles

When I saw the reflection for today was “circles,” I wasn’t quite sure what to do with that. But as I left my apartment, suddenly the shape was everywhere. Doorbell, peephole, elevator buttons. Then in the parking garage, I saw wheels which then threw me into two songs I know called “Wheels,” both great songs….

Early

Turns out I’m an early-bird. I don’t think I would have ever predicted that. As a kid and in high school, I was known to sleep until noon on weekends. But as I’ve gotten older, I’ve come to find that I can get up and get going pretty good in the mornings. Even on Sunday,…

downtown life

So far I’ve had a pretty great day. I woke up around 7:45 am and went down to my favorite little French cafe (Cafe de L’Opera) around 8:30 am. The doors were closed, and I was sad that they might be closed, but then the owner saw me and opened the door for me. She…

no man’s land

I wrote a poem once about how 3 am is a no man’s land. It’s too late to still be up partying or whatever you’d like to do, and it’s too early to be up for the day. But here I am, for a couple reasons. I went to bed around 10 pm, after watching…