Wednesday, December 02, 2020

sherku: advice

When your best
Advice comes
From the face
In the mirror
It's time for 
A new one 

sherku: leave

Pine needles and 
a lonely leaf 
or two survive 
the trails 
blower brigade

sherku: October

Listening to
Runa sing
"Dancing in
the graveyard"
while I plant
my garlic 

sherku: why

certain songs 
fill my eyes
with tears and
my voice trembles 
to find words

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

‘twas the season

the story of her ink circles and lines, my eyes
follow moves, ‘twas the season

tribal lines, lithe, attractive, sensual moves
making music, ‘twas the season

six of one, half the other, so he said
she did not follow, ‘twas the season

railroad set meant for play, link the tracks,
roll the train, not chew chew, ‘twas the season

shadows falling upon ten lawyers
with twenty opinions, ‘twas the season

can they count the tenement steps, not knowing
cellar coal bins, ‘twas the season

side door now fresh painted, easy to do
how didn't Steve know, ‘twas the season 


one of two responses to the challenge for the Franklin Senior Center's writers group. 


‘tis the season

where does your story begin, does it matter
how many turns, ‘tis the season

here to there, there to a new here, by roads less
or more like paths, ‘tis the season

in heart land, hearts will land, or compass spinning
veer off the course, ‘tis the season
the bright autumn leaves now coated wet, white, cold
in New England, ‘tis the season

nightmare or dream, keep breathing beneath, or through
the mask you wear, ‘tis the season

when you see horizontal snow shifting to
gentle falling, ‘tis the season

‘twas or ‘tis, a matter of tense, and with tensions tight
Steve'll choose ‘tis the season 


one of two responses to the challenge for the Franklin Senior Center's writers group.


Sunday, November 01, 2020

sherku: Ronni Bennett 1941-2020

This Halloween
brings her byline
to a close
Portland to
Portland "Time goes by"

#140poets  posted to Twitter

After much correspondence, I was fortunate to spend a glorious time with her in Portland, ME before she moved to Portland, OR. She wrote about our visit in 2009 here   She will be missed.  

Monday, September 28, 2020

sherku: renewal

Renew yourself
listen to the
flower and you
Will not hear
his latest lie 


Monday, September 07, 2020

sherku: autumn dance

Brown autumn
Leaf dances 
Across the
Blacktop early
This morning
As I walk

first shared via Twitter

sherku: virus

leaves rustle
in the breeze
what do the trees
know of the virus
raging down here 

first shared via Twitters

sherku: Labor Day

New England chore 
putting the
window AC
units away
for the season

first shared via Twitter

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

sherku: steps

The future 

maybe cloudy 

But steps to 

make it happen 

are one at a time!

Spruce pond, Franklin, MA
Spruce Pond, Franklin, MA

Saturday, August 15, 2020

sherku: life lesson

Walking barefoot 

In the kitchen

Feeling things


Time to clean the floor



for my love, on our annivarsary

Friday, August 14, 2020

sherku: diet triptych


My kind of diet
Oven fresh
Crusty baked bread
Full of soft holes
With honey


Better than
A see food
Diet where
It's all you can
See you eat
Yum, yum, yum


Still better yet
Make breakfast
Like a king
Lunch like a prince
Sup like a pauper

Wednesday, August 05, 2020

sherku: fear knot

I wake fearful
take a breath
it is a
new day, we
can do this!

for my wife, DS

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

sherku: calculate

If we knew
How much rain
A leaf could
Hold before
It tips to
Let it all go

sherku: one wet

My sweat drips
Road steam rises
Trees shimmer
With weight of
The summer
Rain makes one

sherku: memory cafe

While dancing
stopped to take
his pills and glass
Of milk, then
Right in time

sherku: summer shower

Getting caught
In this way
Rain shower
Walking on a
Summer day

Sunday, April 12, 2020

sherku: pandemic triptych

Pandemic 1

Social distance 
Closes places 
Yet helping hands 
Blossom open 
for neighbors

Pandemic 2

Social distance 
Closes places 
Family time 

Pandemic 3

Twenty three 
Years a table 
Family full 
Til hamstrung this 
Time by virus

sherku: pandemic triptych
sherku: pandemic triptych

Saturday, January 04, 2020

sherku: meaning

Lyra finds that
has a meaning,
if only
we could read it"

A 'foundku', that is a sherku mostly found in other writing. This from @PhilipPullman "Lyra's Oxford"

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