feliz navidad

Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas!!

(and linking to Carpe Diem Haiku Kai‘s countdown)



birth of baby boy

God’s love in every language

lies crying on straw



Merry Christmas!



another absent father

whether unwed, divorced,

or imprisoned.


family needs stability, child lacks security


boy without manly model,

abandoned heart.

educational system poor fit,

disillusioned mind.

socialization by bullies,

tormented soul.


when slow burning anger eventually flares into violent rage,


why are we surprised?



An open letter in quadrille form, linking to d’Verse Poets.

off-beat circadian rhythm


waking teenage boy

in morning proves real challenge

he’s wired to sleep sound

after three alarms buzz on

you will find him still snoozing


“What time did you go to bed?”  is my first question 🙂  Join Elsie’s weekly tanka challenge at Ramblings of a Writer.

purity (boy or girl?)

Anticipating new grandchild and contemplating “purity” theme at CDHK.

photo by Ladd

photo by Ladd

promise of new life

a singular affection

robins’ nest treasure

bathe with sea water

birth in gritty suffering

shell’s precious jewel

dreamstime image

dreamstime image

lil’ lincoln logger


energetic blond boy invades our home
it’s so much fun the second time around
he dumps out all the legos on the floor
then drives his toy backhoe across the couch
he brings grandma another book to read
next climbs in grandpa’s lap to eat popcorn
his uncles he adores; follows footsteps
pulls on his boots (wrong feet) to go outdoors
he likes to chase the cats or moo at cows
he’s happy when he’s playing in the dirt
by day’s end we’re all ready for our beds
he reaches out to hug our necks goodnight!



*”blank verse” (no rhyme) written in iambic pentameter (see MTB with Tony at d’Verse)