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Boots By the Side of the Road

Boots by the side of the road,

why are you here?

Here at the severe curve

where every driver must slow

nearly to not-moving.

Did they pause to set you out

for smell of foul feet?

Or bad behavior,

if that is possible for such

durable, salt of the earth

work wear.

Are you the last straw

of a bad day?

The finality of a job

never returned to?

I must think, though,

that you wait here,

doggedly loyal,

sure of your master’s return.

I applaud and admire you.

Good boots!

(Unrevised) Poem of the Day: Marmalade



my old, faithful cat

lies at my feet

curled around herself.

Like a rug

washed too many times,

she is patchy

and frayed

and thinning.

She no longer gives service

for catching mice

or for kittenly entertainment,

but like any good dog,

she is a cat of


and presence

and enduring love.

(Not) A Poem a Day: Swans

photo: Drazen Neske, Unsplash

Because writing time has been at a premium lately, I’m posting a recently written poem. As we here in the Midwest impatiently wait for spring, the gathering of eagles near open water and the flight of swans makes things bearable and gives us hope.


written Friday, March 4, 2022

Two pair of swans,


flying swiftly

to the northeast

as if sprung from a bow

arrow straight.


below them

limited by where the asphalt

could take me

wished to reach up

to fly away with them

free of roads

free of fences

free of my own


(Not) A poem a day: Waiting Rooms

photo credit: Greg Rosenke, Unsplash

Waiting Rooms

–written Wednesday, Mar. 2, 2022

The waiting rooms I’ve sat in–

hours upon hours

upon vinyl

upon cloth

upon pins and needles

to hear words of truth

according to

the bible of medicine

from the disciples of healing.

My future placed

under a cold

metal disc–



for tomorrow.

Poem for today: Snapshots

photo credit: Denise Jans, Unsplash


–written Monday, Feb. 28, 2022

Like a small child,

weaving together a story

simply by looking at the pictures,

I, too, create my life

in pictures.

Full scenes,

simple snapshots,

dim black and whites

roll through my mind

like a shuddering movie projector.

All reminding me

of the pieces

that are me.

(Not) A Poem a Day

Inspired by Jane Yolen's a-poem-a-day writing discipline and butt-in-chair mantra, I'm loosely attempting my own a-few-poems-a-week regimen. These are lightly edited or perhaps not edited at all with the date included to keep me honest. By the way, if you don't know who Jane Yolen is you should. Her writing is delightful. Go find her. Read her stuff. 

February Walk

–Written Monday, February 21, 2022

Yesterday, I timidly stepped

into the end of February

and out of doors.

Tugged by gentle winds

that lifted the cornhusks

like large moths,

I layered on my own warmth

only to find

it was too much.

I tied my sweatshirt around my waist and

waded into the sunshine.

The black asphalt trail,

a snow-melt river,

where cyclists dodged about

liked wheeled water bugs.

–Written Monday, February 21, 202

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