Found Treasures

Look downFor found treasures:The fallen featherThe melee of mushroomsA stone unturnedA leaf –Tiny tokens of a bigger worldThat carry voices of the growling earthAnd the high pitched hum of skyThe keening of the clouds and theSingsong chatter of grass The greatest gifts are almost hiddenGrounded in earth tones and symbiotic notesInviting us to  listenTo the purest of …

Russian Dressing

Russian dressing topped our salads During the same years We hid under school desks, Arms protecting our heads, Tensing until the blaring alarm subsided, During the same years we took cover from low-flying planes Unsure if they were dropping bombs Or mosquito repellent— Or just buzzing the corn fields because it was fun. Tangy and dark …

Message in a Bottle

First a note: A sestina has six, usually unrhymed, stanzas followed by a stanza of three lines. It’s has the same end words, or form of the words, throughout, in a specific order for each stanza. The last stanza contains all six words, again in a specific order. In this case the words are waste, bottles, …

Apologist

Modest Munich By virtue of geography and a madman, The wrong place at the wrong time, Is apologetic and ashamed So much so that past symbols are verboten And attempts to rectify wrongs Are offered with the recognition That it will be despised and mistrusted Again and again. So it revels in Bavarian traditions And countrified …

Emergency Room

Date: 10/11/08 Doctor: Host Nurse: Smith Tech: Richard We are concerned about you. Thank you for choosing us For your care; The only hospital in a 40 mile radius With the only room where Smith can Steal glimpses at the Georgia vs. Tennessee game on TV, Where the Holy Host can roll her eyes When the …