Sunday, February 27, 2005

on the coast

thickening mist:
trees across the street disappear
into white shadow


Japanese trellis
overgrown with bamboo shoots;
peeling gray paint

Friday, February 25, 2005

impressions: Vancouver

first cherry blossoms
in late February --
early Vancouver spring


enormous moon
beams through magnolia flowers --
untimely beauty

Wednesday, February 23, 2005


off to Vancouver
on holiday --
miles and years away

Tuesday, February 22, 2005


silent prayer bells
no wind, no ringing;
I hear reverberations


empty space:
nothing there but

Sunday, February 20, 2005

more from the Met

perfection cast in bronze,
vital today because
he'll never age


a pair of shoes
alive from a certain angle;
puddle on the floor

Saturday, February 19, 2005

the falling rain

surprising how
light drizzle
saturates my clothes


raindrops fall
from the restaurant awning;
candlelight flickers


red brick building
streaked by rain;
expectant faces look out

Friday, February 18, 2005

urban setting

hazy winter light,
not sure how bright to become;
ever-changing skies


on park benches,
the only denizens:
wrapped in winter cold

Thursday, February 17, 2005

winter deepens

in the winter garden
green-purple cabbages;
sculpted concrete urns


frozen air
heated by morning light --
granite facades shine

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

random glimpses

yesterday's paper
tumbling down the wind-swept street --
breaking news


gray pearls on the neck
of a beauty nearby --
glinting in the moonlight

Tuesday, February 15, 2005


how sad when
a poorly-made umbrella
outlasts love


giant acorn finial
fallen from its iron perch;
bare oak trees

Monday, February 14, 2005

winter rains

uneven sidewalk,
rainwater pools at one edge;
passersby slog through


winter buds:
raindrops collect along branches,
not yet ready to bloom

Friday, February 11, 2005

on the street one morning

street-cart vendor
shivers as he sells;
ice cubes in the coolers


woman at the corner
stares straight ahead;
what doesn't she want to see?


shards in the street,
broken glass or ice?
dog eyes the pile suspiciously

Thursday, February 10, 2005

winter blues

watching a blue patch
in the distance:


sky overcast,
feeling blue –
under the weather


occasional sun
paints the city’s squares;
patina on the park

Wednesday, February 09, 2005

last weekend at the Met

crackling after a century --
my face in the glass


five uneven strokes, puce,
by a famed master
create a perfect tree

Tuesday, February 08, 2005


sky in the distance
or close at hand?
clouds between my fingers


lone bird
on a telephone wire --
hazy sun sinking

Monday, February 07, 2005

the music fills me

bright light floods the building,
rhythm flows beyond the windows;
Philip Glass


silky richness of one voice;
birds on the sill

Sunday, February 06, 2005


one touch
of beauty or kindness
each day


flash of memory,
cutting to my center:
radius of loss

Friday, February 04, 2005

in the moment

late afternoon,
my friend's face in half-shadow;
smile appears from the dark


each single flake,
reminder of a moment --
time drifting by


photos of loved ones
tacked around the house;
happiest moments captured

Thursday, February 03, 2005

day off

closing the shutters
in mid-afternoon --
my mind drifts


day off from work,
I take a nap;
guilty pleasure

Wednesday, February 02, 2005

at night

moonglow through the skylight --
just enough to see
my hand before my face


checking for snow before sunrise;
halo of flakes
around the streetlight


rumbling of the furnace
grows more frequent in deep freeze

Tuesday, February 01, 2005

animal spirits

flash of blue jays
past the window panes --
sunflower seeds in the snow


dancing soapstone bear,
possessed by the soul
of a life just going home


black cat
white paws
padding in the snow