Wednesday, August 31, 2016


That theoretical moment when
Irresistible meets immovable,
What is supposed to happen then?
Nuclear fusion, or back it all up,
Contrive the collision again...

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Old One Who Senses

The ancient camphor tree,
Knows, feels rather than sees,
Shading, below, the sentient ones,
Listens to the message of the breeze...

DMV Or Dentist's Office

Staring at the coffee-table-book,
Tired, wrinkled magazines,
I sigh, and take another look,
At the plastic clock on the wall,
Of this waiting place, the
Clock hardly moves at all...

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Electric Fireplace

Quiet and empty
There's me
And my companion
The T.V.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Giants Versus Tigers

Humid summer night, trying
To put the bat on the ball,
Swinging, sweating, hitting,
Is the whole point, is the all,
The intention, all the same,
Of the past-time, to kill the
Moments, to win, the game...

Tuesday, August 23, 2016


Future becomes now,
It all happens fast,
And then now,
Slides by, into past,
Pleasure enjoyed,
But doesn't last...

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Secondhand, Thirdhand

Today's hot fashion,
Is what they wore,
Some decades ago...

All been done before

What you may know,
Is a puppet show,
Wisdom's encore,
Reinserted, apropos...

All been done before

Lost Weekend

Where the day went,
I'm really not so sure,
Due to various factors,
Some of them, obscure...

Friday, August 19, 2016

Rio 2016

Drinking, eating
Watching Olympic
Athletes competing

Their muscular
Glory is fleeting

Thursday, August 18, 2016


Heavy, and wet, from a typhoon's pour,
The long summer grass lies flat, and then,
Unnoticed, stands up like it was before...
The long grass, resilient, supple, and strong,
Will turn gold, will get old, before long...

Step On

Get up, get going, do what
It takes, whatever works,
What will happen awaits,
And opportunity lurks...

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Aural Arboreal

In a forest, a tree falls down,
Groaning, cracking, popping
With no human there to hear,
The sounds of its dropping
Nearby the listening deer...

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Float Away

Somewhere incidental
Magical or queer
I must go to the place
Where dreams appear
I must drift away to
Anyplace but here...

Friday, August 12, 2016

Pause Button

There are times when
Inaction is best
Better to wait and see
Better to rest...

Wednesday, August 10, 2016


We fought in Vietnam, and thereafter Iraq,
And Afghanistan, partially out of a sense
Of patriotic duty, the rest being the bond
Of soldiers who kill as a consequence...

Perspective In High August

Hot days, in succession, pass,
We call it a heat wave, sweat,
But it's all the same to the grass...

Saturday, August 6, 2016

And Now A Word From Our Sponsor

So easy to lose track
Of what's important
And you can't get back
Time lost wandering
In a consumer cul de sac

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Florescent Light

The subtle joke having been told,
Some seconds pass before a flicker
Of understanding finally leads
To a smile and a snicker...


When things bog down, and barriers
Rise, progress all ruin and wrack,
Fight on, and wait for the solution,
To come rolling down the track...

(Photo by Geoffrey M. Hamilton, 1955-2011)

Missed Opportunity

It's a deeper, different,
Kind of sad,
Crying over something
You never had...

Omaha, California Bar (Part 3)

Politicians come and go
Elections are a clown's bazaar
I watch all the sound and fury      
And hold down my end of the bar

Global warming underway
But we still wanna drive our car
I see our death-spiral into sweat
And hold down my end of the bar

Young fanatic virgin men
Attacking innocents near and far
I curse the doings of twisted gods
And hold down my end of the bar

Corporate's endless sales pitch for
Fashion, sex, and a good cigar,
I pay for my beer with dollar bills
And hold down my end of the bar

All the media-manipulated drama
Occurs as we orbit a minor star
I recognize the utter meaningless
And hold down my end of the bar