22 March 2018

Putin's bitch

fires his Secretary of State & National Security Adviser
after their anti-Russia statements.

& their replacements will be dangerous dolts.

how much longer before the nation crumbles.

21 March 2018

Putin's bitch

calld the dictator to congratulate him on his fake election.

this idiot cheapens his office & weakens the nation more & more each day.

how much longer do we have to endure?

18 March 2018

reflections on being read

the earliest poem of mine of which I have a copy was written 63 years ago. the first poem to appear in a magazine was in 1962. my first slender chapbook was publishd in 1969.

in other words I've been doing this for a long time. like so many poets I don't get paid for reading or publications. my books don't get reviews or awards. but poets make poems & that is our reward.

this morning I woke to rare notice of my work. several Facebook friends saluted my poetry. the wrinkles around my mouth shot up. small kindnesses like this are large. it means the work isn't just out there but someone's reading it. the making of poetry -- like other arts -- is a solitary endeavor. we who create offer our work to the world. & for the most part the world remains silent.

so to anyone who takes the time to read me let me offer my gratitude. & to those who have brightened my morning my love.

11 March 2018

of late I go in darkness to the spa to unwind. being alone outside in heatd water is a slice of heaven. but then along came the time change. so tonite it was less than black when I sunk into the jacuzzi. I lookd up to discover an El Greco sky. but I'm no tortured saint. I feastd on the dappled sky. no roil there. but such enjoyment that I was calm. & that was my desire for that activity. this good day ends well.

21 February 2018

bless the children

I hope the Parkland students do make a difference. our nation has always been violent but its current darkness makes daily life difficult.

04 February 2018

ties that bind

there's an exhibition at Kent State University Museum which is abt to end. it's "Fashions of the Forties."

Roger Di Paolo postd a photo from it on Facebook which I borrowd. when I saw it the yellow & blue tie on the suit on the right lookd familiar.

among my last activities in Santa Fe before moving was an enormous downsizing. one of many activities in that downsizing was to cull my large collection of ties. I sent these to the fashion museum I was involved in beginning. here they are just before I packaged them up:

it pleases me so to see an old friend have a new life.

24 January 2018

& so another year

it's been busy. 3 visitors in 3 weeks. many laughs. good meals. great conversation.

Lainard Bush returnd to Cleveland today. here's a portrait he took of me in the marshes of Calipatria a few days ago.