The Coupling

A man and a woman Alone in the woods The gray trunks of the trees In orchard-like rows The ground covered in Orange and yellow flowers Amid green leaves The man in a black suit and top hat Stands next to the woman Who wears a long green dress and yellow hat Her arm is…

A Few Things I’ve Outgrown

A list of a few things I’ve outgrown: Any insecurity about coming from a small rural Texas town. I had a moment sitting in a meeting of the Beverly Hills PTA Council (that’s all the schools in the district) when I realized that all the people there were just like the people (mostly women) I’d…

My Dad, the Cattleman

My dad was a cattleman He wore a Stetson hat and cowboy boots He owned an auction barn where livestock was sold every Monday He had a nice car but also an old pickup truck He took me out with him to feed our cows He’d have a bale of hay in the pickup truck…

A True Friend

A true friend Lets you pour out your heart Without judgment Without trying to fix what’s wrong Holds you when you cry  Hugs you when you’re happy A true friend Laughs at the same jokes Cries at the same movies Gets mad about the same injustices Shares the same attitudes and values A true friend…

The Irony of Flaws

We all have flaws, yes? Those pesky parts that demonstrate Our humanness The parts that make us Crimson with shame When we realize they have been revealed to others Our thoughtlessness Our ego-driven self-centeredness Our inability to be charitable, kind, considerate, empathetic On a day when we’re overloaded, overwhelmed, Over everything and everybody Who is…

Shifts and Changes

Seems like everyone I know Is facing some shifting right now New jobs, new places to live, new possibilities Exciting and good With one thing in common: change One friend and her husband are considering selling their home Another is looking at a new job possibility A third is contemplating returning to school Is this…

At the Corner of My Mind

At the corner of my mind I see a scrub jay Nipping at cat food In a red plastic bowl Bright blue bird Shining iridescent At the corner of my mind, I hear an old farm truck Whining around curves   On the National Forest Road Red rusty rig Clamoring incessant At the corner of my mind…

Airport Observation

Sitting at the airport Mid-afternoon Watching parents with kids One father four kids in tow settles his gaggle In a nearby row of chairs His littlest son whispers in his ear The father sighs “Come on, everybody” Off they march Like good little soldiers In single file Ten minutes later They return The bathroom mission…

Questions for Mother Mary

I place myself in the loving arms Of Mother Mary A woman who has known Risk, love, and loss I am her child as well Nestled close enough To smell the sweetness of her hair To feel the warmth of her body To hear her gentle breathing, in and out Dear Mother, how afraid you…