Friday, March 27, 2020


Keep your head above the clouds
Away from the doldrums below
Choosing each day to breathe 

Wednesday, February 5, 2020


Tears right now    
I didn’t know they were there
Thoughts and feelings
Tucked far away
Old sorrows surface
When new sorrows arrive
Yes I can forgive
But the hurt remains
Years upon years
How far back does it go
Adulthood started
With a lack of boundaries
Putting them in place caused
A ruckus
I see what I have done
I taught you my chid
How to make boundaries
To protect yourself as
I placed boundaries to
Protect me
I don’t understand your boundaries and why you won’t let me in.
I pray for understanding and peace.
Tears for healing

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Blue Moon

Blue Moon
Is it love or depression

a canyon of grief
too big to hold

Once in a blue moon
I come to you

You're not there
Oh moon, don't fail me now

First kiss was under the moon 
beneath the Transamerica Pyramid

I lost myself in you

Only to return on my own
Blue Moon

Show me the way 
the way to keep my path straight

the way to release my demons
the way to carry only what I need

A full heart with
the space to welcome a full moon

Full of promises

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Lost Love Dream

Funny, today I had a dream  
You dressed as a woman
Speaking at a women’s symposium
About finances
You know nothing about
I was irked when you skirted a question
I really wanted to hear the answer 

At some point I got close enough to you to say 
I liked your wig
You had the ugliest beige grandma shoes
Mrs. Doubtfire was better than you

Later at a gathering you got my attention 
poking me in the side
Your wig was askew
I couldn’t get far enough away from you

Tuesday, June 4, 2019


Small specks of dust
Illuminate the light 
Of voices unseen 
Forging ahead 
In the darkness 
With memories of
Our ancestors 
And stories of 
our ancestors’ ancestors 
A candle keeps watch 
Amid the faded image 
Of their likeness 
May I walk the earth 
To carry their visage
To make their memory

Tuesday, May 21, 2019


Scanning the downtown skyline
Oakland, California

The Tribune Tower stands tall
marking the blocks where business turns 

Inside the city landscape
the clock marks off time of long ago

What’s below the elegant structure?
Do you see the dirty sidewalks

Illuminated by a full moon
Gutters filled with a river of refuse

escaping to the underground sewer
Sidewalks cracked with uneven payment

A small wind sends a chill
over the bundle huddled

in the entryway of an abandoned storefront
Nearby books are stacked inside safe

No use for the homeless man 
making the streets his home

His silent eyes peer into nothingness 
Another lonely sleepless night


Friday, May 10, 2019

Happier Days

Riding BART home from Berkeley
Writing in my journal
Longing for happier days
Passing by my favorite movie theater
Smelling the delicious buttery popcorn
Remembering time with my most recent lover

Myriad times we made the trip
Into culturally diverse Berkeley
Local independent movies
Visuals beget a new world view
Foreign dialogue music to my ears
Full of unfamiliar voices

Finding I'm on the wrong train
Writing this poem, so engrossed
Yearning for happier days
Loving my lover who went away
Waiting for the right train to take me home