April Poem #2

End of the Day


In the long evening of April through the cool light

         Baille’s two sheep dogs sail down the lane like magpies

for the flock a moment before he appears near the oaks

         a stub of a man rolling as he approaches

smiling and smiling and his dogs are afraid of him

         we stand among the radiant stones looking out across

green lucent wheat and earth combed red under bare walnut limbs

         bees hanging late in cowslips and lingering bird cherry

stumps and brush that had been the grove of hazel trees

         where the land turns above the draped slopes and the valley

with its one sunbeam and we exchange a few questions

         as thought nothing were different but he has bulldozed the upland

pastures and shepherds huts into piles of rubble

         and has his sheep fenced in everyone’s meadows now

smell of box and damp leaves drifts from the woods where a blackbird

          is warning of nightfall and Baille has plans now to demolish

the ancient walls of the lane and level it wide

          so that trucks can go all the way down to where the lambs

with perhaps two weeks to live are waiting for him at the wire

          he hurried toward them as the sun sinks and the hour

turns chill as iron and in the oaks the first nightingales

          of the year kindle their unapproachable voices


By W. S. Merwin 

from “The Vixen”

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April Poem #1

 Calendar Note for a Sunday in April

 Up late for church

Wrote a poem

Made dinner

Walk at dusk:

soft light fading into night

swallows and bats

 shadows swooping


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One Crazy Coot

Just look into the blood red eye and gaze upon that fantastic leafy foot and the brilliant whiteness of its bill. Then there is the sound of squeeze toy seemingly from out of nowhere.

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Images of March after the Snow.

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Snowed In Monday

Take it slowly,

no rush.

The snow will wait.

Work will wait,

Now that I have called.

Eventually I will rouse

myself and face the task

of clearing the lazy snow

from behind my car tires

and crawl toward a day

of other people’s cares.

Meanwhile, I slowly

make progress toward


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Of Water and Fire, Form and Flow

Original Acrylic on Canvas



with Digitallay Inverted Color PalletteIMG_1089.jpg inverted


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Coffee Shop 7 am Last Day of January Just Before the Rain

People talk so much

about the small bits of minutia

as if the details of life matter.

Tomorrow it will be another little thing

to talk about.

I feel like a tired old man

when I talk like that,

but trying to speak of only important

issues is like lifting a heavy

stone up a mountain

and the massive realities

never congeal into the tangible

feeling of a fist full of gravel


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