' Old Lobster Creek Trail? '
'She lay south of this very porch.
Now if you stand here and look to the end of the briar lands-
That be where she lay.... more »
A Girl Lives Here
I stumbled over a pile of clothes
While walking through my living room.
A girl lives here.... more »
A Light Year
Unknown to me,
Drifted sweetly down from misty heights,
An unknown element bathed my being.... more »
A Season With The Southern Swallows
When I dwelt on the cliff's edge for a season,
I thought myself above the venue of common man.
But I leaned down to watch
The southern swallows build their nests.... more »
At Forty - Eight
My long face-
My long in the tooth face looks frightened.
On this June night you are sixteen.
Seventeen friends will meet in the park
You tell me.... more »
At The Lake's Edge
At the lake's edge where the marsh air hangs
With heavy scents of fall.
I saw him there, about his haunts,
Where blue kingfishers call.... more »
You were bright and clever once it's true,
So here I'll weep a bit for you.
When I recall your cheerful ways
Of reflecting back my loving gaze.... more »
Dandelions scatter their seeds,
Carelessly toss them on the wind,... more »
Four Feet Above My Head
Dammed if I didn’t catch myself
Studying the cat, yet again today...... more »
'I've never seen this back fence before,
No matter.... more »
Often I have seen them in the fall
When filberts lay in husked green rugs,
In patches 'round the orchard floor;
The jays, screaming and scolding,... more »
I Have Ascended With The Winds Of Autumn
As I have ascended with the winds of autumn in spirit
And played her water children upon strings,
Like puppets gone mad.... more »
I Will Not Hang Down My Head
In this summer season,
I will not hang-down my head in the heat... more »
In A Stark Season
In a stark season I went walking
And laid my head against a bare birch tree.
Then clasped my hands around her trunk
And willed her strength a part of me.... more »
In Shadows I Went Watching
In long evening shadows I went watching,
Tiptoeing through teddy bears
And capsized ships and blocks.... more »
Jefferson County Harvest
I know you've made your weary way
Through evening stubble fields
Where brown earth wears a golden crown.
You've steered the combine... more »
Like The Bold Stream
So comes the bold stream.
Over smooth stones and water-heavy logs.
A flashing flow of light
That dances and jumps and leaps,
And catches the dawn in vibrant hue,
Cascades the greens to deepest blue.... more »
I was over-long on the strand today,
Beneath the burning cancer star.
Until my lobster-legs radiate by memory its heat.
I'm over-done by wine and sun.... more »
On The Little Nestucca
We shared the river late in fall.
We three went down to heed the call,
Of he that dresses white and blue,
A fellow fisher through and through.... more »
On The Train To Pusan
On the train to Pusan I saw a hawk
Not much bigger than both my hands put together
Watching her hover and swoop in constant motion
In the haze of the shipyard stacks,... more »
One Lives There Still
We left many things behind
The day we left the farm,
But mostly things were packed away
And neatly wrapped, secured from harm.... more »
Only Love And Family Afloat
All those I love lay safe and asleep in bed,
So I am free to drift back into summer
On the river... more »
Reflections From The Pool
I'm sure I shall sleep.... more »
Riding The River
Riding the river in this cold dawn,
In sorrow's swirling, anguished fog.
There come thoughts that move me to ponder
And remember other times of change.... more »
She Is Home To Me
There is a center found in this place
That binds me firmly heart and root.
Found in the simple dress of men
Who strive to bring the harvest in.... more »