October 19, 2014
Becoming A Poet

When you don’t seek the poems and

they find you, even if you’re asleep.

They slip into your dreams. First draft:

90% autobiographical and 10% art, but then

revised, that reverses. Poem and poet emerge.

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October 17, 2014
"Without words, without writing and without books there would be no history, there could be no concept of humanity."

—     Hermann Hesse

October 15, 2014
"There is no rule on how to write. Sometimes it comes easily and perfectly; sometimes it’s like drilling rock and blasting it out with charges."

— Ernest Hemingway

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October 12, 2014
At Hemingway’s House

At Hemingway’s House

We tried to feel his once presence here,

but the life energy had been transformed.

The tour group took pictures without ghosts.

The staff set tables for a wedding.

I saw Kilimanjaro snow on his table.


Hemingway’s writing table in his Key West home.

He acquired the home in 1931 and lived and wrote there until he divorced Pauline in 1940. She got the home in the divorce and continued to live there…

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October 8, 2014
A Palace of Poetry

A Palace of Poetry

Stanza: in Italian, a room, each complete,

constructed and furnished in the master’s style.

That simple, spare haiku room by itself,

elegant as any sprawling many-roomed antique mansion.

This room, in a palace of 365.

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October 1, 2014
The Dome of Pleasure

The Dome of Pleasure


The shadow of the dome of pleasure

is lighter today, floating midway on waves -

or are they particles?  Seek the fountain;

avoid the cave, but follow its sacred river,

to fertile gardens sprung from penciled rills.


Today’s poem alludes to Coleridge’s poem, “Kubla Khan,”
although my thoughts are directed towards writing.


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September 12, 2014
Cloud Poem

The day came and went without poetry.

The pencil wrote “365 reasons to live”

on paper, but they never made it

to the computer. They weren’t uploaded

to a cloud of poems drifting by.

Cloud computing

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August 29, 2014
"The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources." - Albert Einstein

"The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources." - Albert Einstein

August 28, 2014
"There is in writing the constant joy of sudden discovery, of happy accident."

—    H.L. Mencken

August 19, 2014

Clicking manual keys one at a time,

thoughts slow down, words appear more solidly.

The reward of a chime at the end of a line.

Love lines in one black font folded

into the mailbox slot to be hand-delivered.


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August 10, 2014
By Candlelight

Half-eaten acorns dropped on the picnic table

as I write by candlelight tonight outside

in this suburban  darkness and outdoor lighting

from neighboring backyards, and the cool breeze

turns pages of my late summer book.


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August 7, 2014
Fresh Cut

Poetry repairs. Lines cracked with the strain

of too much meaning, brittle with age.

New words, brightly-colored ideas, cutting away decay,

fresh-cut stanzas smelling of the pine air

over my head. A sky full of stars.

pine sky

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August 4, 2014
Poem Begun in Darkness

Poem Begun in Darkness

Writing late at night, alone in darkness

that is more than absence of light,

I drop into asleep at the keyboard -

awakened by sounds of coffee being made,

sunlight, soft breeze, birds and church bells.


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July 30, 2014
Thoughts of Winter in the Middle of Summer

Thoughts of Winter in the Middle of Summer

The past few days my post on Signs in Nature of Winter to Come has been one of the most read articles. That is odd. It’s still summer for almost two more months. Then there is still the wonderful autumn.

Are people already thinking about winter?

Maybe it has been hot where they are sitting at their computer and the thought of a crisp winter day sounds appealing. I will admit that I had that…

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June 30, 2014
"Writing is thought made physical."

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