Thursday, March 31, 2005


note from a friend
"away on assignment"
where will I be then?

Photo by Iván Melenchón, c/o


traveling for a while
I will contemplate here
from there

Wednesday, March 30, 2005

the birds

Photo by Matthew Hull, c/o

two gulls, carried in
tight circles, effortless;
I crane my neck to watch


trilling sparrows
ignore the harsh staccato of
laborers' drilling

Tuesday, March 29, 2005

DC spring

cherry blossoms --

Photo by chris 'iamagoo', c/o


white apple blooms --
shadow in each petal

Monday, March 28, 2005


Photo by Kumar, c/o

birds aflutter
in the still-bare trees:
fickle spring


I know the moon is there,
hidden in the gray;
black tree branches

Friday, March 25, 2005

spring song

Photo by Tony Roberts, c/o

the pianist
repeats and repeats one phrase --
fog dampens the birdsong


rain-stained sheet music
black notes running together:
"De Colores"

Thursday, March 24, 2005

before light

Photo by clarita, c/o

each morning
I try to beat the sun to work --
daylight savings


before coffee
I croon a rousing sea shanty;
he cracks a weak smile

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

unnatural phenomena

anarchist graffiti
appears everywhere -
orchestrated chaos

Photo by LaRae, c/o


half-smoked cigarette
lying in the gutter;
coughing as I pass

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

view from here

Photo by eyecrave - -, c/o

jet climbs
from behind a cloud
lifted by a sunbeam


streetlight silhouette --
lighting fixture casts shade against
a sun-drenched wall

Monday, March 21, 2005


Photo by Jane M Sawyer, c/o

Persian rug, hand-made
with one small flaw:
perfect devotion


awake again at three a.m.,
I can't resist the sound of

Sunday, March 20, 2005

bursting -- first day of spring

leaves on an oak
never fell in autumn;
sprouts of green


mad tittering
of hidden birds:
siren song of pent-up spring

Friday, March 18, 2005

late in the day

sphinxes guard
the Freemasons' temple --
eyes closed, sunbathing


homeless man
in front of the shelter,
enjoying free time in the sun

Thursday, March 17, 2005

late-winter sun

white sun pours down
through an ice-blue sky;
no clouds to hold in the heat


buoyed up by
the morning sun, a gull --

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

practice II

only breathe

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

practice I

inhale pain
exhale peace


raw and overcast;
passing showers leave cloudless blue
in their wake


trilling sparrows
ignore the staccato of
laborers' drilling

Monday, March 14, 2005


Photo by Matthew Hull, c/o

spring one week away:
already, first Canada geese
head home


first time in months,
awakened by birds;
I shrink from the chill

Friday, March 11, 2005

hot and cold

sun-warmed bricks;
a stubborn frost clings
to the mortar


sky ablaze
with yellow-orange flames:
frozen dawn

Thursday, March 10, 2005


through the coffee-steam
a hazy sunrise:
bright day ahead


poinsettia fades
in the coffee-house window;
March sun strengthens

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

March madness

gnarled tree,
bearded by icicles;
frost-encrusted buds


one day warm, one day cold,
patch of ice on the street;
losing my balance

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

what you see

latter-day swami
flogging photos dangling from strings;
joy lights his eyes


hard rain,
driving snow, brilliant sun --
six hours

Monday, March 07, 2005


melting ice --
golden shadows of koi
navigate below


warm day,
flurries forecast for tomorrow --
false spring

Sunday, March 06, 2005

on the way to work

of the moon --
first quarter or last?


orange road sign
blown over onto the sidewalk;
detour ahead

Friday, March 04, 2005

heat and light

without realizing it
I walk
into the light


logs in the hearth
throw off their heat and light;
sun through the window

Thursday, March 03, 2005


Lear's daughters:
three barkless trees
shuddering in the chill


pink-gray plume of smoke
with the winter sun

Wednesday, March 02, 2005

wing and a prayer

gray-white extends to blue;
outside the window-lozenge,
wing cuts the sky


from this vantage
where sky meets sky:
vanishing point

Tuesday, March 01, 2005


beyond time:
art and lore outlive the sounds of
dying languages


First Nations crafts
connect the generations;
coast air wafts inland