June 19, 2017

puddles full
of the day’s last light
my father calls me


June 18, 2017

oh, mourning dove
stay for just a moment more
sing your low song


June 17, 2017

still hidden
by the near-to-finished rain — 
a cardinal, singing


June 16, 2017

unwinding ivy
from around the azalea — 
remember to breathe


June 15, 2017

hurling the last word
I catch a glimpse of myself
in the mirror



June 14, 2017

June 13, 2017

looking for you
I find instead a summer moon
as you might see it



June 12, 2017

when I see one finch
I know to look for another —
separation


June 11, 2017

I move an earthworm
from the sidewalk to the grass
summertime rescue


June 10, 2017

late-night walk in June
we take turns exclaiming
over the fireflies


June 09, 2017

we have to look twice
to believe they go together
tiny bird, huge song


June 08, 2017

moonlight and starlight
my hand under the faucet
testing the water


June 07, 2017

little fledgling jay
down here on Earth with me
pining for sky





June 06, 2017

June 05, 2017

a mother somewhere
reminding the moon it’s late
to still be up


June 04, 2017

fallen petals
strewn like a celebration
no need for clean up


June 03, 2017

standing on the bridge
balanced between fireworks
and their reflection


June 02, 2017

something in bloom
slows our steps with its scent
a half-moon hovers


May 31, 2017

night rain so fine
it seems more like a cloud
missing Issa


May 29, 2017

reading old haiku
my son is surprised
I can pick mine out




May 28, 2017

May 26, 2017

head at an angle
the mockingbird listens in
as we say goodnight


May 25, 2017

May 24, 2017

May 23, 2017

May 22, 2017

May 21, 2017

your smile when we talk,
the season’s first firefly
signs of things to come


May 20, 2017

leftover roots
of the tree we cut down
first crush memories


May 19, 2017

hoping for rain
the ways in which only you
can quench this thirst


May 18, 2017

morning commute
a deer picking its way
alongside the road


May 17, 2017

May 16, 2017

nocturnal noises
my thoughts skitter away
down the alley


May 15, 2017

May 14, 2017

vultures in the rain
black wings spread protectively
over their meal


May 13, 2017

rain and more rain
under the backyard table
a single cardinal


May 12, 2017

moon-covering clouds
I wait until you fall asleep
before I leave the bed



May 11, 2017

beginning gardner
second thoughts about the weeds
after she’s pulled them


May 10, 2017

mid-May full moon
all day long the azaleas
preparing to shine


May 09, 2017

cool spring days
in the stroller, a baby’s feet
kicking and kicking


May 08, 2017

late night snack
by the earthworm’s burrow
maple seed wings


May 07, 2017

our delight in spring
expressed in another language
fox in moonlight


May 06, 2017

tall white tulips
favorite of the deer each year
still here, somehow


May 05, 2017

late night rain
so fine it feels more like cloud
which bird will sing first?


May 04, 2017

there and not there
translucent dragonfly wings
the world holds its breath