Dream Travel

El Paso, A city I have never seen Until last night In a dream. It welcomed me With swirling light And dancing color And told me I belonged – For here there would be forever love And I hugged and I hugged This city that loved me Sight unseen, It seemed. Then my mother Stood beside …

Old Dog

Old Dog was published in Out Loud: A Year in Review 2017. My daddy said The dog was dead When we hadn’t seen her for days “A dog just knows It’s time to go and aloneness is what it craves.” I could have hugged her And held her close and whispered in her ear “Please don’t …

Message to the Muses

If I brought you the moon as a token Bit by bit, as tiny trinkets of love You’d tape it up – because it was broken And fasten it high for stars up above. If I could conjure the poets of old To sprinkle sweet sonnets into your eyes You would chide Shakespeare for being too …

Tribute

Tribute was published in Out Loud: A Year in Review 2017. Sometime between the October sunlight And the geese overhead at dusk, A little girl sat on the front porch step Fingering the stucco design on the wall. Her father was working on a car in yard, And she marveled that he was her daddy. His …

Tough Love

Love is Being brave enough to tell your own mother That Oriental refers to an object And not a person, It’s also being bold enough say that Just because she didn’t know Doesn’t mean she’s too old to learn, Love is also being that mother Who tells her husband that it’s time he realized that Oriental …