True Life Ghost Stories Our Sea Saga about sailing around the world Memoir of a Marriage in Poetry
13 Ways of Looking at Dying, Just Before, and the Moment After – Story Published in Cobalt Review
Us Ancient – Story Published in Drunk Monkeys
When Things Go Missing – Story Published in Unchartered Frontiers
Looking For Bobby – Story Published in Bareback Lit
Night Crossing, Sea of Cortez
The sea appears so simple
With a dark, indulgent face,
The stars there twice reflected
Like a world spun out of space.
Our sloop shoots through the cosmos,
Through a mute and moonless night,
Our wake a fiery comet
Streaming effervescent light.
With all the universe inert
We slip from star to star,
Then reach across the Milky Way
Toward galaxies afar.
Eons swirl, light-years unfurl
And none can still our flight,
Leaping toward the infinite to
Apprehend the light.
This poem was set to music by composer Troy Armstrong. The choral arrangement is hauntingly beautiful. He calls it “Swimming Among the Stars”. You can listen HERE
Read the blog post where Troy found the poem: Swimming Among the Stars
On a Bus to Papeete
Wind through the window
Streaming through my hair
I in my stillness
Hurtling through the air
Trees and grasses and roads bending
Faces with flowers and houses blending
Objects like petals on a dark stream, streaming
through me, leave me, clean
and empty as a hollow reed, still
faintly ringing with the rhapsody of being
Read about what inspired this poem: Into the Flow, Mountain Top and Market Place Experiences
Garden in Moorea
Walking among flowers,
drowning in scent,
petals assault me,
cool and bent.
Pistils are pounding,
stun and grab.
Walking among flowers,
I die a sweet death.
Bloodied and trampled,
borne by my last breath,
I lay like a light
on the garden wall,
then swooping, swallow
flowers and all.
Read more about this poem, what inspired me here: Walking Among Flowers
Isle of Pines (Vanuatu)
Like Flowers Falling Everywhere, A Morning Prayer
Everywhere I look I see you,
I see us. This fragile hand,
this blue pen, this yellow pad.
These fingers gently folded,
Embracing the eagerness of
your movements across the page.
This tender paper accepting
All we write. These words that
rise up and lay down, so simple.
You are what I feel. This beating heart,
this circling breath, this wide sphere of
silence that enfolds us. Your soft sigh.
The day waits. It pours out of us whole
and clear, unending. How kind you are.
Kindness like flowers falling everywhere.
Once Upon a Time, A Poem
In an eon, will Trumpism portend another Troy, a Trojan horse whose armies eviscerated a City of light?
Will we be the stuff of legends, our tropes and memes edging pages of ancient texts on crumbling shelves?
Will waves gently lap against the skirts of Liberty and docile doves nestle in her hair?
Will salmon swim upstream through city streets, and coral reefs grow in our gardens?
Will the long roots of forests thrum with our stories etched in rings around their trunks?
Will the mocking bird remember our voices? Or the songbirds our songs?
Will crickets by moonlight rub their feet together filling the night with memories of our violins?
Will tiny children perched in trees suckle strange fruit, while the bent backs of their elders forage below?
Will the skies with bows of beauty still bend round us? Will the stars cast spears of light upon our heads?
Will the Eagle with its soaring eye see us? Will we see it? And remember how
The long, slow, widening arc of its wings drew round us, once up a time, so long ago.