Poetry Per Diem
- June 21
- I am a freelance writer embedded in Small Town, Ohio. I have decided to write a poem every day as a discipline, and like a good potter, I intend to set aside a few as keepers. While I do the sorting and pruning, I'll post them all here.
MY RECENT POSTS
- Penguin Sweaters
March 09, 2014 07:54AM
- The Cannibals
March 08, 2014 08:32AM
- The Cook As Artist
March 07, 2014 03:43PM
- Spring Birds Part 2
March 06, 2014 08:05AM
- Spring Birds
March 05, 2014 06:53PM
MY RECENT COMMENTS
- “I thought the last time
around it would be a disaster
he were to win the
March 07, 2014 04:39PM
- “I find comfort in your
essay, Lauren. I was raised
similarly and went to a
January 04, 2012 01:29PM
- “I can relate here. My
sisters and mother have met
Christmas every year
December 05, 2011 12:22PM
- “Kate, when writing my
column, I considered including
November 09, 2011 06:18AM
- “Thank you. What a
September 24, 2011 08:00AM
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With bamboo needles
and yarn skeins unraveling into knots,
I have knitted more scarves than
I could wrap around my sagging neck.
Enough baby hats, too, to outfit
every baby born
on any given day.
I am seduced by the yarn store
with cubbies packed with alpaca
and pattern books of
impeccable… Read full post »
I dreamed my children were
whose names I didn’t know.
They worked together
to catch me
and eat me
piece by piece.
from the shadows of
a darkened warehouse
with flaking walls
and leaky pipes
dripping into slick pools
onto buckling cement.
Don’t worry, they said
in vo… Read full post »
Lining up the groceries,
the salmon, the spinach, the tomatoes,
pulling the right wooden spoon
and that certain spatula
from the drawer,
readying the palate
for a painting perched on the kitchen easel.
The salmon roasts.
The tomatoes simmer in the pot
with the vodka and brown sugar
for the jam.
The spinach sizz… Read full post »
Finches' feathers hum
Jays and robins call for mates
Spring birds rattle trees.
That honking and crass
I’ve heard all winter
being shrieked by the yankee birds,
those geese and the black ones
that have forgotten to migrate,
is sweetened by seasonal harmonies.
The spring birds are back,
the robins and the jays,
joining the choir
from their loft in the tall oaks.
The finches an… Read full post »
I wear this bracelet every
It’s nearly an appendage
or at least an attachment
like the hair on my head
or the nails on my fingers.
It hangs heavy from my wrist
with metallic links inscribed with words
meant to remind me
I control my future.
A gift from a friend who worried,
it bestows verbs and resp… Read full post »
I woke up this morning at nearly 8:00
way later than I usually allow for waking
and the vivid dream I had been watching
evaporated the minute my feet hit the floor,
or maybe seconds earlier when I rotated my ankles
to prevent that arthritic hobble I'm sure you know about
I tried to recapture the… Read full post »
It’s mid-day already and
already I am behind
on my short list of things to do today when the clock is ticking.
I have accomplished nothing but making my lunch
and sharing an apple with the dog who wants to lick the bowl.
I let him out when he scratches at the door and I… Read full post »
When I sit at the
and open the pages of La Cathédrale Engloutie
the copy my teacher gave me when I was 16
and head over heels for Debussy,
I make the sea rise
over the Island of Ys
with the devil himself
urging the king to sacrifice
the brutal unscrupulous girl,
to the raging sea.
And… Read full post »
It doesn't happen every year, of course, but this year Martin Luther King, Jr. Day coincides with my deceased father's birthday. In my father’s mind, this occasional lining up of commorative days felt more like intentional collisions than coincidental overlapping. Being a product of the segre… Read full post »
It never fails that one good idea spawns copycats. Some creative person introduces a new book series or electronic gadget or website; and within months of its initial success, someone who wished they’d thought of it first introduces something a lot like it only different.
This has… Read full post »
There are films that hold your attention at least until the credits roll, and there are films that leave a more lasting impression, and you decide to add them to your private collection. And then there are films that will forever be embedded in your psyche; and whether you own them… Read full post »
Today is International Women’s Day, celebrated with hundreds of events around the world designed to call attention to the state of being female in the year 2012.
For example, a music store will host a concert in Portland, Ore. highlighting women composers, and S… Read full post »
As if I didn’t already spend enough time on the Internet, I have fallen prey to another site and have added Pinterest.com to my daily rounds. I had heard about the site months ago but dismissed it. Then, I dipped in for a few minutes and was hooked,… Read full post »
February is Dog Training Education Month, so it seems fitting we would be in the process of training our dog. I notice, though, the designation suggests more than just teaching the dog a few new tricks—it’s clear the dog owners must learn to teach before offering eve… Read full post »
For the most part, we are Earthbound, we work-a-day humans who keep our noses to the ground, focusing on our daily tasks and sticking to what we know. But NASA has done us a service by giving us cause to look up once in a while and to remember what we… Read full post »
I was on a long flight recently, the over-night type where you’re never quite sure what time it is, and you don’t know how long you’ve been sleeping, but you know for sure you won’t be going back to sleep anytime soon. So, I rifled through the seat pocket in front… Read full post »
LEGO brand toys recently introduced a new line of products marketed strictly to girls. The line is called Friends, and it includes sets to create things like a café, a beauty shop, a house and a dog show arena, along with accessories like a convertible and a swimming pool. The blocks… Read full post »
This week, we acknowledged the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a national holiday. The civil rights leader remains an icon decades after his death because of his ability to lead people, not to incite them but to move them and unify them as an outspoken and courageous man… Read full post »
Monday was National Clean Off Your Desk day, apparently part of Get Organized Month as it’s based on the premise that a clean desk is a sign of good organizational skills. Organization-touting websites and magazines all promote well-groomed spaces as the cure-all for a happy and productive… Read full post »
Microsoft has developed a wearable camera, and I’m hanging my hopes on its success.
The device, called SenseCam, is about the size of your palm, hangs from a neck strap like a medallion and automatically snaps photos throughout the day according to your activities. For example, it can… Read full post »
On December 26, 1982, Time Magazine broke from its tradition of naming a human being as Man of the Year and gave the honor to the personal computer. The machine was becoming more accessible to the average user, and as the magazine article said, “…the entire world will never be the… Read full post »
The countdown clock for Santa’s big ride is now ticking off fewer than five days, and just who is keeping track of this clock and this fantastic journey? NORAD, North American Aerospace Defense Command,… Read full post »
It isn’t often this happens, but I recently had the opportunity to participate in a community event. Like most people, I spend the majority of my time apart from the greater population, so being more than an observer of such a thing as a Christmas parade is out… Read full post »
or "I'm Opting Out."
My family spent Thanksgiving with the extended clan, 40 people spanning four generations around the table. We were around several tables, actually, and we all thought it was one of our best gatherings yet, with fantastic food at every meal and interesting conversations in each ro… Read full post »