Posted in September 2019, Tanka

“Homeless-Single Mom”

Cardboard sign, “Homeless. Single Mom. Anything helps”

Sitting on concrete,

Her only firm foundation.

Thin white hands held

A small cardboard rectangle,

Instead of two little girls.

Tanka

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Posted in May 2019, Triolet

Spring Cleaning

Figure with push broom sweeping

Distressed?

Oppressed?

Obsessed?

Depressed?

Repressed?

Suppressed?

Get rid of all those stresses

Banish all those presses

Remove all those sesses

Get rid of all those stresses

Add some blesses, progresses,

Impresses, and successes

Get rid of all those stresses

Banish all those presses

Triolet

Posted in May 2019, Triolet

How Many Roads?

Image of Bob Dylan
Happy 78th Birthday to Bob Dylan!

How many roads have you trod

In those earthly shoes?

Though worn and weary yet you’d plod,

How many roads have you trod?

Through city streets or soggy sod,

Doin your best, payin your dues,

How many roads have you trod,

In those earthly shoes?

Triolet

The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind, The answer is blowin’ in the wind.

—Bob Dylan

Happy 78th Birthday today to Bob Dylan!

Posted in January 2019, Syllabic Verse

Someday-One Day

Martin Luther King Jr.

We are still dreaming

We are still rising

We are still trying

To live the creed

Syllabic Verse

“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.’
— Martin Luther King, Jr., “I Have a Dream,” delivered August 28, 1963