30poemsinNovember

Poems

When They Said He Won

When they said he won, they meant release the prisoner––you––from her cage. You can gaze at the trees again. Look at them glow in the November sun––the leaves on the…

30poemsinNovember

Poems

America the Beautiful Nov.2020 addition

In November 2016, I started writing new lyrics to Katharine Lee Bates’s beautiful hymn. Throughout the last four years, I have added verses. Today, I wrote this. O beautiful DemocracyWhere…

30poemsinNovember

Poems

I Didn’t Know I Wasn’t Supposed to Love

Another thing I didn’t know I wasn’t supposed to love until college was squirrels. My babysitter in New York would take me to the park, and when I’d point my…

30poemsinNovember

Poems

Waiting for What I Want

Blessed are the meekFor they haveLearned to softenlike the clay at the bottomOf a riverAnd so they move,ProteanDiffusiveAmphibianNever attachedNever dryNever crackedNever broken becauseChoosing porousnessThey know nothing is wholly theirsWhich means…

30poemsinNovember

Poems

November 8, 2016

Remember the Trump signs that appeared like mushrooms overnight, shocking in their foreignness, isolated on the traffic island, and how they could not shake your faith? Remember the pungent blue…

30poemsinNovember

Poems

Last Kisses, 2020

These are re-written lyrics to the 1998 Nields song “Last Kisses.” David Nields, who wrote the song, has given me permission to revision this for 2020. My poem #2. We…

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Poems

I Remember that Other November

I remember that other November. Eight blessed days of itUntouched by what it would become;The extra hour a sweet gift After one last revelry:We wore Hillary as hopeHillary as superheroThe…

Journal

Sermon: “Back at the Fruit Tree,” with Scripture by Louise Glück

A Myth of Devotion Louise Glück – 1943- When Hades decided he loved this girlhe built for her a duplicate of earth,everything the same, down to the meadow,but with a bed…

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When You Can’t Fantasize About Emigrating Because There Is No Where To Go

“Did we just witness the end of our democracy?” I asked Tom at some point during the horror movie that was the first Presidential Debate––which was neither presidential nor a…