A complicated emotion can serve good ends and bad,
reveal the truth of who we are and what
we must have to go on, declare
our refusal to surrender,
even signal our strength, passion
for life, or
it can crowd the space between us
until no one can think straight, only react,
fight back, turning a small thing
into an end-of-the-world scenario.
This poem appears in my new book ROSES IN WINTER.
We’re in a courtyard moment
where the truth is on trial,
as it so often is
when people feel threatened
one way or another, pressured
for or against more quietly held
beliefs, the ones that bring
them peace to be at home
in their own spiritual skin.
This poem is in my new book ROSES IN WINTER.
as time grows short, and shadows long
love must be seen, made plain
to win the day, uphold the banner of God, high
over the field, the grain now waving
at the feet of the coming
harvesters, so late
This poem is in my new book of poems called ROSES IN WINTER.
Kindness is a universal language, but that doesn’t mean
everyone speaks it. Only that we recognize it
when and where we find it.
This poems appears in my new book of poems called ROSES IN WINTER.
He had spent a lifetime, it seemed,
in and out of hospitals, but mostly in. The halls
his normal walking route. The Great Room his Getaway.
The windows opaque, used now as mirrors
for when the nurses came in to change the bandages
and he watched over their shoulder while
lying on his side, thinking for all that might be outside
the window, these walls, the gray Hospital—
it would never be as simple, delineated as his life
as Patient. Did he want to get well?
What a question.
This poem appears in my new book ROSES IN WINTER. Available for sale on Amazon & at my Bookstall.