December 31, 2019

branches without leaves
against a cloud-shrouded sky —
nothing starts today

December 30, 2019

year’s end snow drifts —
imagining the sweet hollow
where your neck begins

December 29, 2019

winter song circle —
by the last verse
we all know the tune

December 28, 2019

in the owl’s shadow
a rabbit runs for cover —
late December

December 27, 2019

past the edge of town
out where the stars are brighter —
come and find me

December 26, 2019

splashes of wine
on the new cookbook —
my sister’s kitchen

December 25, 2019

low-angle sunlight
glancing off the gelid lake —
the wheeling stars wait

December 24, 2019

Christmas Eve —
untangling the tree lights
just in time

December 23, 2019

forgetting again
who this present is for —
Christmas Eve eve

December 22, 2019

after the Solstice —
our far-from-home Christmas tree
lets down its boughs

December 21, 2019

trying not to break
the frozen grass underfoot —
thoughts of my father

December 20, 2019

old friends
their arms around each other —
winter holiday

December 19, 2019

teaching my heart
(now that the flowers are gone)
to open in the cold

December 18, 2019

ice at the lake’s edge —
I wonder if the geese
are already gone

December 17, 2019

darker every day —
we stand still until
our eyes adjust

December 16, 2019

clouds over clouds —
so many snow day dreams
tucked under the eaves

clouds over clouds —
so many snow day dreams
tucked under the eaves

December 15, 2019

Christmas cards —
more of them now with
one signature

December 14, 2019

new diagnosis —
the ground goes soft
in an all-day rain

December 13, 2019

the never-gone stars
of a cloud-crowded sky —
missing grandparents

December 12, 2019

under the ice
the brook still tumbling down —
words just out of reach

December 11, 2019

cold winter night —
we can’t seem to stop talking 
about the moon

December 10, 2019

the stars are the same
it must be we who have changed —
new constellations

December 09, 2019

all day rain —
the step down to the dock
so much shorter now

December 08, 2019

end of day sigh —
the dog uses my leg
for a pillow

December 07, 2019

Christmas wreath —
a small insistent forest
between the doors

December 06, 2019

my father’s name —
flickering back to life
whenever I sign mine

December 05, 2019

gentle insistence —
mourning doves calling again
for what they want

December 04, 2019

last night’s dreams —
the feeling of snowflakes
melting on my face

December 03, 2019

my heart
beating fast for you —
birds bursting skyward

December 02, 2019

glowing eyes and shadows —
we and the fox go home
to tell our families

December 01, 2019

rain turning to sleet —
every surface becoming
the drum it dreamed of

rain turning to sleet —
every surface becoming
the drum it dreamed of

November 30, 2019

fallen leaves
returned whirling to the sky —
when she calls me back

November 29, 2019

a happy space
in place of the alarm —
holiday weekend

November 28, 2019

November 27, 2019

November 26, 2019

noisy guardians —
geese grudgingly allow us
out on their lake

November 25, 2019

a hole in the earth
where the roots used to be —
the father who walked out

November 24, 2019

the sound in the fire
as a burning log shifts —
her name in my mind

November 23, 2019

cold snap —
fields' worth of flower stalks
giving up at last

November 22, 2019

preparing the feast —
I hear my kitchen notes
in my mother’s voice

November 21, 2019

watching for meteors
to the left of Orion —
keep rolling, clouds!

November 20, 2019

fallen leaves
curled into each other —
my hand finds her waist

November 19, 2019

the sound
of the birds I startled
carried through my day

November 18, 2019

November 17, 2019

a hitch in my voice
just before I say “wife” —
braving the cold

the slightest pause
just before I say “wife” —
braving the cold

November 16, 2019

the sun trips up
over the edge of the world —
spilled color everywhere

November 15, 2019

mid-November —
trying to warm my hands
too far from the fire

November 14, 2019

the sound of a stag
crashing through the brush —
my heart racing after

November 13, 2019

the measure of Chopin
our son has been working on —
accompanying me

November 12, 2019

flurried snowflakes
too quick to tongue-catch —
the full moon looks on

November 11, 2019

one night shy of full
the moon encircles herself
with an icy ring

November 10, 2019

almost a full moon —
horses with their winter coats
starting to come in

November 09, 2019

a still small body —
even the trees look away
from the roadside ditch

November 08, 2019

leaves piled high
patiently awaiting
jumping children

November 07, 2019

we make a deal
to tuck each other in —
night folds itself too

November 06, 2019

in your embrace
I feel my clenched heart relax —
acorns on the earth

November 05, 2019

leaves sparkling with frost —
we listen for the sweet sound
of no mosquitos

November 04, 2019

tonight’s alchemy —
a boy with a book in bed
sounding out the words

November 03, 2019

almost a half moon —
how hasty change feels to me
mired in my grief

November 02, 2019

wisteria vine —
still holding on
through longer nights

November 01, 2019

October 31, 2019

listening for the wind
as we count our candy —
tornado warning