In the Spring of Life

lovers arrive with petals in bloom soon depart as flowers wilt stars fall when perfumed nights fade Summer a carousel of delight ends, too finished with tarnished trinkets of ephemeral love she learns in winter to accept the hand holding only a warm heart Image: Ilya Repin – “What freedom!” 1903


push and pull of ocean tidesrestores her tired limbsevening strolls in old-growth forestssoothes her grieving heartdappled dew on wildflower bloomsunfurls her tangled thoughtsthen on her journey’s endshe whispers to the windthe love you give so freelysaves me yet again Image: “Wheat Field with Cypresses,” Van Gogh, 1889

Enchanted Garden Haiku Journal

So happy talented haikuist and editor Steliana Cristina Voicu included one of my poems in Enchanted Garden’s inaugural issue. You can find it here and submissions for the third issue open July 1st!

Haiku Dialogue

Delighted that my haiku was included in Haiku Dialogue- Under the March Moon—Half Moon of the Haiku Foundation. Thank you to guest editor Carole MacRury for selecting it.

Cold Moon Journal

Many thanks to editor Roberta Beach Jacobson for publishing my haiku. The first three months of the year were filled with tests and procedures, ending in a lumpectomy and a biopsy of clear surrounding tissue. I know how fortunate I am, and I’m grateful. Read the excellent journal here:

Drifting Sands—A Journal of Haibun and Tanka Prose

My brother died on his thirty-second birthday. Overdosed. I wished he had chosen his thirty-third. Then his death might have made more sense. Not that I’m religious. Our family never was. I suppose, like he, we sought our own gods. I chose love. Still, the religious say I’m a skeptic. But I have faith and […]