Saturday, April 25, 2015

Forty One

At forty one
I finally can see a Phillip Levine poem
Sales routes, cosmoline, and all
Playing out on the pages of the book
Like a great old war movie or
A drive across a dusty road out west somewhere
In a 1971 Lincoln Continental
One old motel after the other
Calling out and
Fading away
It may be the plastic daisy shaped magnifying glass or
It may be
That I am finally able to forgive Detroits
It's 1970s excesses and excuses
At forty one

Friday, April 24, 2015

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

April 22... Snow

snow after tax day
is not the sort of refund
folks were hoping for


Parenting is about imagination
It is usually
To trying to convince someone it is spring
Despite snow showers
Not by sitting down with a calendar
But by setting up a sprinkler
Donning a swimsuit and
Sunscreen and
Running about the yard
Screaming really loudly

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

balloons don't break bowls, boys do

He is in his third day of a balloon obsession
All over the house and
I have no doubt that he could keep it going and
All week long and
If the balloon could
But by Friday it will probably be the size of a bb pellet and
I will be able to breathe freely again
Even though I am sure popular wisdom is right that
Balloons don't break bowls, vases, and picture frames
Boys do

Monday, April 20, 2015


sunny and eighty
then windy, wet, and fifty
One step forward and ...

Slipping In

I slip into the bed
Every night
After midnight
Like a soldier
Into the bunker
After a little moonlighting
Doing reconnaissance
Hand reaching out for you and
Eyes always on the horizon
Taking it for granted
That if there are vermin in there with us
I already know them well and
That they will not wake me
Affect tommorow's battle or
Keep me from slipping off my socks before
I slip into bed

I won't be going into appliance repair, but ...

Our refrigerator doesn't keep our food cold enough any more or
At least not for now
Not until the repair guys arrive and
I suppose it could be said that 
While our country isn't functioning properly in a lot of ways
That too is only temporary
For there are lots of folks offering their assistance and
We the People are not among them
Of course
Under no condition should I ever attempt to mess with freon for
Whatever the use
Unlike the country
It works a lot better without my meddling

Friday, April 17, 2015

the future of hydration and snacking hops into mind each unsesonaly warm day

good for water and popcorn
so smile in summer

A Flop is a Flop

She used to flop on to the floor
When both creativity and structure failed her
She plays piano
When  she can think of nothing else to do
Which I guess is better but
Certainly louder
She could have flopperd into the trumpet or
A gig
As an almost 9 year old
Urging other folks
To flop all over the floor

Urban Perspective

Chicago is
One of the most favorable ball parks
For lefties to go to left center and
Righties to go to right center
For home runs
A great place
For vegetarians and
To go to a pizza place
For deep dish pizza

Thursday, April 16, 2015

beneath every blessing there is a curse

my arm is itchy,
red, and looking infected
in the warm Suns glare

Stealthy Attack

Tortilla chip bag
On the table 
In the middle of the four of us
Like a bee carcas
Sans stinger
Sleeping the good sleep
Aware of the virgin queen bees
Awaiting in heaven