The sweetness of summer dripped from my chin Juicy mangoes with their golden skin whose fragrance coated the humid air what temptation for a child to bear plump fruits dangling from a neighbor’s tree so worth the neighbor’s chase and my scraped knee.   ~~~~ Summer will always remind me of mangoes whose golden flavorContinue reading “SUMMER TREAT”

BECAUSE … (A Haibun)

“Vanity of vanity. All is vanity,” so says the prophet Qohelet in the Book of Ecclesiastes about  life. It does seem like life is all about chasing the wind. There are days when, saddled with the routine of everyday, I find myself engrossed in an internal conversation about existence. How do I reconcile the repetitiveContinue reading “BECAUSE … (A Haibun)”


Old Queen Anne is closing her doors ball season is almost over Her tutu of faded flowers Sheds petals whenever she twirls The meadow wears a sombre hue Old Queen Anne is closing her doors Pouting at an insistent bee slurping the last bits of nectar. How the reeds pipe a mournful air For guestsContinue reading “END OF SUMMER”


Still I wait For magic to come Knowing not What it is I wonder if it has passed. Was I blind? Dappled light Filters through the leaves Shimmering Long shadows Stretch the trees, shorten the days. Isn’t that magic? Wind carries The song of laughter Echoing Counterpoint To the disquiet within. It falls on deafContinue reading “LOOKING FOR MAGIC”

SUNFLOWERS (An Acrostic)

Sunshine in her eyes Unlock the beauty within Never self-seeking or proud is this Flower of a thousand dreams – Love blooming to perfection Offers all of herself Wanting nothing in return Except for Love Radiating through Shadows in her soul. Frank invites folks to write an Acrostic poem for DVERSE PUB’s Meeting the BarContinue reading “SUNFLOWERS (An Acrostic)”

BLISS (A Quadrille)

There is bliss in the little things of everyday In the unbroken rhythm of sunsets and sunrises of heartbeats and breath. My heart lifts with the sigh of a tranquil sea. I close my eyes and savor the warmth your hands give to mine. It is quadrille Monday at DVerse and Bjorn invites us toContinue reading “BLISS (A Quadrille)”


It was a time of great expectations. I thought summer would be the time when I would finally be able to compile the poems I have written through five years of blogging and group them into themes. I was curious to know if even a half-decent chapbook would come out of my efforts. Alas! OtherContinue reading “WANING SUMMER”


The sun, slanting in the horizon, always gives me pause. In the mornings, the rising sun casts mysterious shadows on the ground. In late afternoons, the glowing sunlight in the backyard casts a golden glow on the grass, the wire fence, and the tiny insects buzzing around. When I can, I head out to theContinue reading “GOLDEN LIGHT (WPC: Ooh, Shiny!)”


a butterfly cavorting in endless summers a deer drinking spring waters soon sprinting away from danger a worm ever struggling in darkness I am in this dream my exile holding on to hope – I will   awake at the appointed hour and  live   eternal life. It is Quadrille Monday in Dverse Poets’ PubContinue reading “MY DREAM”

LOSS (for Jilly’s Half-a-poem challenge and WPC: Elemental)

Moon, lost in orbit looking for its sun, I am a gaping silence devouring your memory an altar of your absence   I am participating in Jilly’s Half-a-poem Challenge by writing the first part of a Somonka.   A somonka is a type of Japanese poetry framed in two tankas. It has love as theContinue reading “LOSS (for Jilly’s Half-a-poem challenge and WPC: Elemental)”