Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Survive January

Survive January

We look back, remembering the best,
we try if we can to forget the rest.
We peer ahead hoping for good,
for bright times we wish, as we should.

But now we face bitter winds and biting chill,
warm clothes and heated rooms is our will.
We've seen warmth and colors in the past,
flora with their sweet aromas that didn't last.

Today we endure from day to day,
we take what comes, as they say.
In January's end we place our hope,
through this month we still must cope.

Saturday, December 29, 2018

2019 - Year of the Boar

 Year of the Boar

Boar (inoshishi)

Born 2007, 1983, 1971, 1959, 1947, 1935, 1923, 1911. People born in the year of the Boar are brave. They have tremendous inner strength which no one can overcome. They display great honesty. They are short-tempered, yet hate to quarrel or have arguments. They are affectionate and kind to their loved ones.

Inoshishi or The Boar
The Inoshishi sign relates to people born in 1911 and the twelve year periods thereafter, like 1923, 1935 and so on. Boar people have an enormous inner spirit and are strong and brave individuals, who display a great sense of honesty. They are short tempered and dislike fights and arguments. Boar sign people show a great deal of affection and can be very caring and humble. 

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Quahog Poets

Quahog Poets

There gather some poets who are old,
what they pen is indeed so bold.
They write from their hearts,
their words strike like darts,
hot voices that don't become cold.

The Quahog Poets at the 2018 year end party.  Missing is the beloved Norm who passed away this year.  Also missing are the Snowbirds who will be back in the spring. 

Friday, November 30, 2018

Days after Thanksgiving

Days After Thanksgiving

The turkey dinner was truly fine,
now sit plastic boxes all in a line.

Puritan ethic says we mustn't waste,
so the uneaten foods will be cased.

In the red ones bird meat is packed,
both the white and the dark, in fact.

Stuffing, gravy, yams, spuds, peas,
and carrots, in blue boxes one sees.

Specially saved are pies and cakes,
unique desserts everyone makes.

Sandwiches, chowder, croquettes and hash
will be eaten later, with potatoes mash.

The holiday is wonderful it's true,
as later tasty left-overs are too.
"boxes all in a line"

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Phone-y Vote

Phone-y Vote

The phone rings.
---Sir, may I ask you about the election?
-------No, I don't answer surveys.
Ten days later, the phone rings.
---Sir, may I ask you very few questions about the election?
-------No, I don't answer surveys.
Two weeks later, the phone rings.
---Sir, may I ask you one question about the election?
-------No, I don't answer surveys.

I find the survey results on-line.
There I proudly am.
---”refused” one percent.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Bill and Julia Visit

Bill and Julia Visit

Summer arrives in all its splendor.
Flowers in the fields, myriad of greens
of the uncountable trees, hot days with bright
blue skies and birds from the south
all return as they have for eons.

A delight of the season is the long visit
from Florida of Bill and Julia.
Our former town-mates some years ago
chose the warmer clime. Now we
get to see them during their annual visit.

Bill is a martial artist, accomplished poet
and enlightened friend. Bill's muse Julia,
despite her denials, has the heart of a poet,
artist and creative thinker.

We meet at the improbably towny eatery,
where artists and poets often lunch,
the Chinese buffet. We pass hours
talking. Past memories, current family
happenings, local, national and foreign
events, and health of the old, are all topics.

Meetings friends, who can share life's
pleasures and travails, is a delight of living.

Julia and Bill

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Norm Darling

Norm Darling

Poet, artist, friend, joyous Norm
delighted us with his endearing poems.
Millions of stars radiate on high.
now there's one more, Poet Norm

This photo of Norm was take at the Quahog Poets
party at the end of December 2017.

Sunday, September 30, 2018



Whether a cathedral or chapel there are
special artifacts to aid contemplation,
--- to realize
the spiritual self.
Sculptures, icons, gardens
and glass windows help believers
realize the import of the mystical.

Glass in church assist the worshipers
to feel in the heart a higher meaning.
Mosques are adorned with abstract designs
and with words from the Quran
to teach the pious the Way.
Buddhist gardens, both flora and rock,
furnish a nexus to the devout for heedfulness.

My assemblage of glass and stone
give me a focus point just as
colorful windows, abstract designs,
and rock gardens do.

"My Assemblage"

Saturday, September 15, 2018

After Labor Day

After Labor Day

The parade of people ambling
on our road has slowly changed.
The vacation-look of bathing
suits with flip-flops have become
less while day to day dress and dogs,
which know the area, become more.

Houses, where charcoal grills had cooked
chicken and sausage, now are closed,
empty until spring. Maintenance
workers are busy draining plumbing,
shutting electricity and checking that
the house is secure.

Bevies of laughing, chattering children
appear at appointed times to board
yellow buses. Later in the day they
return carrying their jackets.

The sun is lower in the sky,
rises later and sets earlier. Geese
realize the changing amount and caliber
of the light and start their annual journey.
The hot, humid days are in the past,
the rigors of a New England winter are
yet to come. For a while we are in our own

Friday, August 31, 2018

Ebb and Flow

Ebb and Flow

The tide goes out
the tide comes in.

The moon is new
the moon is full.

I am haughty
I am modest.

The world is tranquil
The world is in turmoil.

The tide ebbs
the tide flows.