November 30, 2014

my upstairs pillow
and my downstairs pie —
worthy opponents


November 29, 2014

I keep looking for
friends who have gone on ahead —
winter’s chill

November 28, 2014

November 27, 2014

November 26, 2014

November 25, 2014

November 24, 2014

November heat wave
all up and down the street,
birds shocked into song


November 23, 2014

tracing the news -
the lake is safe for skating!
as doors fly open


November 22, 2014

hard-to-reach places
she thinks of her mother
polishing silver



November 21, 2014

late November
our house heat not quite reaching
the tip of my nose



November 20, 2014

bedtime resistance
his last-minute questions
a foot in the door


November 19, 2014

November 18, 2014

last night’s rain
slowly working its way down
how I still miss you!


November 17, 2014

holiday season
I review my notes from
last year’s Thanksgiving


November 16, 2014

sleet changing to rain
the in-laws take careful turns
holding the baby


November 15, 2014

November 14, 2014

the sun in my mind
still bouncing off the lake
long hours later




November 13, 2014

new weather report
faces tilted up to feel
the snow coming down


November 12, 2014

November 11, 2014

hole in the page
where you tried to erase
battle memories



(For all those we have asked to fight on our behalf.)

November 10, 2014

cursing the driver
who brakes to a sudden stop
until I see deer


November 09, 2014

cloud darkened days  

trading stories of divorce 

we shiver a bit


November 08, 2014

how did you know?
we smile, happy to answer
one more time


the one red tree
in a hillside blazing gold
goodnight, Catherine



(for Catherine Perry, member, Princeton Friends Meeting)

November 06, 2014

drawer full of keys,
no idea which lock they’re for —
how we hold on!




November 05, 2014

November 04, 2014

November 03, 2014

wishing his family
could be in the mourners’ line
to hear those stories


(For D.I. and his family)

November 02, 2014

November 01, 2014

her just-swept walk
covered in leaves again
she starts over