July 15, 2020

I Peel The Garlic

and think of skin

pale and open 

and wanting, like yours. 

Mine the color of cherries

languid and sea-varnished.

Its thin veneer heals

each night like Prometheus,

his eagle greets me again 

at dawn with a talon tear.

I peel the garlic

the static crackle

recalls y...

March 23, 2018

This haibun (revised) was first published in Life In Ten Minutes Blog

     Beatty Woods was a brand new neighborhood in the suburbs of Philadelphia in the early 60’s.  The “suburbs” was a new concept then, and my family had just moved into what my parents thou...

February 9, 2018

 This haibun was first published in Life In 10 Minutes . Photo: Linda Laino

     He often frequented the bar where I worked. It was of the hotel variety, and yet in the small town in Florida where I was living, it operated more as a local favorite. I was 20, a...

December 12, 2017

I wrote this poem at the VCCA Le Moulin à Nef art residency in southern France, summer, 2016. My beautiful, light-filled studio faced the Garonne River.

I sit with the sound of

rain that isn’t

rain its plinky symphony

keeping time with the

rhythm of my pulse

The fish bubble...

December 9, 2017

         This haibun was originally published  in Life In 10 Minutes Blog

     He was known as Dr. Radish, and was something of a minor celebrity in the small college town where I lived. The name was his DJ moniker. He hosted a very popular late nigh...

November 17, 2017

I am told

I have a sad face

it is a fact

even when I don’t feel

particularly so

everyone used to say it

why do you look so sad?

the constant inquiry as a child

Once I was given a bear

I called “Honey”

with the same eyes

the same expression

he is sad like you

said the gifter

I loved...

October 16, 2017

i cringe when i see the fb page

dedicated to his life

father, football coach, pillar of the

community the one i left long ago

in 8th grade he and his friend

grabbed me in the local swimming pool

the country club for crissakes my

pubescent bikini an open invitation in

broad day...

September 30, 2017

 Photo: Linda Laino

This haibun first appeared in Life in 10 Minutes Blog, and was subsequently published in Nine Lives: A Life in 10 Minutes Anthology.

    He was the bad boy of my youth. Every woman had one didn’t she? The boy who exuded a certain sex appeal, who we fe...

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