Tuesday, August 06, 2013


Are we caught up in a summer shower
Or is the small whitewater of Penn’s Creek
Creating this sense of mindfulness

Over the years, Penn’s creek will jump its bank
Storms will harvest trees, yet we think
Of Weikert with one sense of mindfulness

The fisherman casts his line hoping for
Trout to find the hook, making
His day a complete sense of mindfulness

At night fireflies find the tree tops
Over the bridge the view of fireflies
Blends with the stars a scene of mindfulness

Visit to the shale pit, fill the potholes
Those who travel the road the most
Don’t do this work of mindfulness

He stood before the remains of the laurel
And freed the three trapped bears with a chainsaw
The act was truly one of mindfulness

composed in Weikert, July 2013

Sunday, July 28, 2013

really hot

Fresh brewed coffee is poured
And then heated in the microwave
She always likes it really hot

Climate change or not
July is really summertime
And it should be hot

The sudden withdrawal of
Her hand once realizing
That the surface was really hot

His vest was soaked through
From dancing as the band was good
And the ballroom was really hot

Water drawn deep from the well
So cold it took time for the body
To adjust it was really hot

Standing at the sink washing dishes
I was soon as wet as they
It was really hot

Saturday, July 27, 2013

this too shall pass

Leaf shadows paint the moss
Kaleidoscope of green
This too shall pass

Missing the curb she fell
Bruising her knee and palm
This too shall pass

Family day and meals planned
Around the child centered schedule
This too shall pass

Limbs on several trees bent oddly
What caused the that change years ago
This too shall pass

Ratchet set on the nut
Vise gripes on the bolt
This too shall pass

Wisps of smoke from
Fire circle embers between meals
This too shall pass

Friday, July 26, 2013

Twenty questions

One thing I know to be true
Before cleaning the floor it is
Better to complete dusting the table

How many food courses will be
Served determines the need for
Silverware when setting the table

Her twenty questions were expected
The best poker hand was no match
When Helene was holding the table

It was hard to be patient when
He wanted desert before the
Dinner dishes had cleared the table

Don’t kick, be gentle, get
Help, many hands make
Light work folding the table

Sadness hangs like wet laundry
In the living room where there
Would be conversation leaving the table

For Helene D Geoffroy

Thursday, July 25, 2013

all is good

Darkness creeps away as dawn’s
Light arrives, the birds start
Their song, all is good

The story he wove kept me
Turning the pages, art, health
Suspense, twists, all is good

Turning the faucet to let the
Water run gets it deep
From the well, all is good

In his eagerness, he put the ring on
Before saying his lines
He turned grinning, all is good

The two year old learns that joy
Can come from the sprinkler
She turns grinning, all is good

I don’t know what it will be
Like when my time comes but
I also will turn grinning, all is good

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

A good experience

This new form is longer
Each section can stand alone
Recreating a good experience

There is a call and response from the
Frog colony by the water side while
Fireflies blink creating a good experience

Pete the Cat started with one
Story about his new shoes
Changing colors for a good experience

I found myself crawled forward
Off the sleeping mats in my
Dreams looking for a good experience

Penn’s Creek runs high covering
Most of the rocks, little white
Water sounds like a good experience

The joy of the puppy in rabbit chase
Later straining on his leash
He pointed to a good experience

Composed while off the grid in Weikert, PA

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

sherku: accessible

What is it
About drink
That leads him
To think
She would be so

Monday, May 27, 2013

sherku: tree frog chorus

Leaving behind
Fall asleep with
Tree frog chorus

Composed during August 2012 and recently rediscovered sitting in draft

Sunday, May 26, 2013

sherku: Peake's Wharf 2

Standing in line
For ice cream
The pots and pans
Outlet is empty
On Peake’s Wharf

Composed during our vacation on PEI in August 2012
recently rediscovered still in draft form

Saturday, May 25, 2013

sherku: Peake's Wharf

Woe oh oh
Up she rises
Fiddle, guitar
Irish drum keeps
Beat on Peake's Wharf

Composed during vacation trip to PEI in August 2012
recently rediscovered in draft

Friday, May 24, 2013

sherku: PEI

We left the fog
Behind in Saint John
To watch the
Sea birds diving
At West Point

Composed during the vacation trip to Prince Edward Island in August 2012
recently rediscovered sitting in draft

Thursday, May 23, 2013

sherku: pausing

You step over
a sidewalk crack
without thinking
do you speak
without pausing

Composed during the recent Dodge Poetry Festival, October 2012
recently found neglected in draft form

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

sherku: questions

are not inane
simple, stupid
they come from learners
the questions are

Composed during the last Dodge Poetry Festival, October 2012
recently found neglected in draft form

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

sherku: fingers

He may have
A stud body
I have my
Fingers with
A gentle
And kind touch

Catching up on some created earlier and found in various states of draft

Monday, May 20, 2013

sherku: divide

to Man
the other
Is just present
Until we bridge
The divide

Composed after listening to Krista Tippett's On Being podcast

Sunday, May 19, 2013

sherku: sunrise

Called to the
Kitchen, not to
Reach or open
But see the
Splendid sunrise

catching up to some of what I had written previously and found in various forms of draft

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

sherku: exercise

Pants propped
Right leg last
Stepped out of
Would I had
Been there to help

What is a sherku?   

Coming up to the bedroom, I saw this article of clothing in a little pile and my imagination ran with it

exercise pants

Sunday, March 03, 2013

sherku: Irish 5K

Irish 5k
Learning to
Gain power
From memories
Here in Pawtucket

What is a sherku?   

I grew up in Pawtucket and going back to run this Irish 5K race I find an emotional roller coaster ride.

Saturday, March 02, 2013

sherku: new world view

The end of one
Day brings the
Beginning of
Another fresh start
New world view

What is a sherku?   

Found in my Evernotes (from Dec 2012) and apparently not published here

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Sherku: crisscrossed

Crusty snow glistens
Brown leaves dancing
With crisscrossed
Shadows playing
In the breeze

sherku inspiration

What is a sherku?   

Thursday, February 14, 2013

sherku: Valentine

Robin bounces
Along bare dogwood branch
Red breast, white snow
I love the contrast

What is a sherku?   

For Dolores - Valentine's Day 2013