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

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

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

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

December 14, 2019

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

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

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

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

November 17, 2019

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

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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

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

November 01, 2019

October 31, 2019

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