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 – 18 of 30

New Year’s Eve/New Year’s Day we woke him just before midnight glasses of champagne in hand ready to toast the new year and whatever remaining days or hours we have together with him we helped him sit up swung his legs off the side of the bed so he could join us in our bittersweet…

NPM – 16 of 30

prompt: pick up a book, turn to page 29, select ten words you like, then write a poem using those ten words (slightly changed it up by closing my eyes and randomly selecting words) The Road Home misshapen hackberry tree gives shade in bitter sunlight ponderosa pines line road like rebellious teens facts mixed with…

NPM – 15 of 30

Dream Dictionary Teacup – represents gossip, if the cup is empty you are doing the talking. If it’s full, people are dipping your bag, so to speak. Hammer – represents heartbreak, its final blows to your already damaged love muscle make sure its beating will never be the same. Seagull – represents a co-worker you dislike, the squawking…

NPM – 14 of 30

Break-Up/-Through Haiku two years since the day I worked up the gumption to call the whole thing off (this haiku is about today, April 17, though it is the 14th poem of NPM — surprise, surprise, I’m in catch-up mode again this year!)

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 – 12 of 30

the role of poet I’m never sure how to respond when someone says, “Your poem made me cry.” Thank you? But I get it. I cry myself sometimes in writing certain pieces. Still, it is usually not my intention to make readers cry, but to feel, to make it more than just words on a page. To embody a heart’s screaming beats,…

NPM – 11 of 30

no funeral when Dad first got very sick he and my mother made their arrangements Rose Hills would handle everything cremation, simple details, nothing elaborate when it came time to use these services, it still took time and money, though not much I was uncomfortable in the mortuary office it was pouring down rain and…

NPM – 10 of 30

The Magical Cheeseburger it was the day after Christmas it was Dad’s 5th full day at home this day, a Tuesday, would have been a dialysis day before, but instead it was the second appointment he missed we followed our standard daily procedure he rang his bell or called out to indicate he was ready…

NPM – 9 of 30

Hospice Bubble Haiku bubbles are short-lived are fragile and beautiful they float by quickly