Sunday, September 30, 2007

the scorecard

It's my father's fault.
answers to math questions in an instant
Cost accountant, meticulous rows of figures

kept score for the family card games
columns of names and numbers
tallied for the winners and players

diabetic diary, daily food intake
peanut butter toast, mashed potatoes
dog eared book, calories for each

so I'm at the festival
scribbling who spoke in order
what poem was read

can go back to 2004, 2002 even
words, images, scenes called forth
and the festivals come alive

early morning Rumi, Bly on the mound,
Barks at bat, Paul Winter on deck,
the pitch, and it' s a home run!


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sherku: Hope Solo

she made a mistake, she did
what she said leaves Hope
sadly in the stands, solo


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Saturday, September 29, 2007

sherku: powerlessness

coffee shop sign this morning
sorry, power failure, closed
spreads powerlessness


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Thursday, September 27, 2007

sherku: Budweiser Detritus


draining the last, tossed out
perhaps thinking, a recycler's
dream, this Bud's for you


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sherku: Coke Detritus


carbonated coolness

thirst quenched, the real thing

becomes a recycler's dream



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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Monday, September 24, 2007

sherku: Made to Stick


What's more important, simple or

credible, concrete or emotion,
when it sticks?




What is a sherku?

A short form book review of Made to Stick by Dan and Chip Heath

Their blog and web site can be found here.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

sherku: Dessert

Doesn't matter if the socks
are inside or out, as long
as there is dessert




What is a sherku?

for Dolores, always an inspiration

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Advent VI

This Advent
remember the night
its dream woven
darkness

remind yourself
of the morning
warmth that
follows the light

tell yourself
everyday is a
birth day
and live
that way


December 1982

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Advent V

Dig
Dig again
life the load
of cold crystals
out of our way

Dig again
and again
the shovel alternates
light and heavy
as moisture sinks
running relentlessly
in streams down the road

Dig again
and again
we must work
as least as relentlessly
to prepare the way
this Advent



December 1981

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Advent IV

This Advent
as the burden
seems to increase
we must adjust
make do

Like an injury
it reaffirms the necessity
of humdrum
monotonous chores
that have become
so much a part
of our day
that they are
almost forgotten

Be thankful
for remembering them

Be thankful
for the ability
to act

Be thankful
for shoulders




December 1981

Monday, September 17, 2007

Advent III

This Advent
the world presents us
with many problems
over which we have
so little control

with even the sun
at its furthest point
from us, we must
turn to each other
for warmth, for
help, for love

The little we can
do, will be our
hope, our chance
for salvation



December 1979

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

sherku: Remembering 9/11/2001

remembering nine eleven
where was I? Oh, yea
there, stunned and helpless


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Note: I was commuting into the World Trade Center from NJ at the time of the first incident, a Friday many years ago. The commute home was challenging as I made my way uptown on the crowded subway to take the PATH back to NJ. All that and more came back with the video images of 9/11/2001.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Advent II

This Advent
stretch out
to the roots
of the Jesse tree

limber up
to the symbols
that compel us
like winter's rhapsody
serving snow and wreaths
in candlelight to live




December 1978

Sunday, September 09, 2007

sherku: Shipwreck Casserole

ground beef, onions, shredded cheese
potatoes sliced, ship wrecked
ready to casserole



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Saturday, September 08, 2007

Friday, September 07, 2007

This Advent

pay no attention to the moon
the stars or their position
what is of importance
in our personal scenario
is the surety of the poem
that he reads, looking at us
as if we were the script
and we are in a way
for on this line of sight
is written all that happened
this past twelvemonth

Drawn forward now
they play black and white
producing in time, a melody
a note rising, thematic
as in the cross of two shadows
there lies a darker diamond
as in the depths of desire
there penetrates a light
brighter than the stars
more constant than the moon
holy, inspiring, guiding us
to the road to be traveled



written after participating in a reading by Galway Kinnell
December, 1977

sherku: the Circle of Friends Coffeehouse soundman

soundman cables connections
knowing where the cord goes
without the color code




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For Tony and Mark, the sound crew at the Circle of Friends Coffeehouse.