WILDFIRE SKIES

Once again, in the height of summer mountains shrink behind curtains of haze conjuring the familiar dread of winter’s opaque skies But it’s different, ominous the way the sky brims milk-white replacing the meticulous clear blue of Seattle summer sky Collectively we wonder, the air feeling thicker than usual, if this is our new normalContinue reading “WILDFIRE SKIES”

POULSBO

Come morning, we slid tippy kayaks into the Sound, Poulsbo-bound for breakfast Fearless oars separated families of jellyfish, we mean no harm, just passing through And geoducks – what strange creations, sand-fountains that could dance to Mozart Comfort of land, sun-drenched streets of shops, families, Norwegian oddities, pastries the size of frisbees.

AN AFTERTHOUGHT

With freckled arms I search the floor for affirmation, posing this way and that. In the quiet stillness of Sunday morning yoga, feelings pour from my unquiet mind. Your biggest fear is you, it says. A madness I’ve understood for un-still-able moments, there and gone. That you won’t be who you want you to be,Continue reading “AN AFTERTHOUGHT”

BEING ALIVE IS THE MEANING

We watched the needle fall, miles correlating with the liquid in our tank. We moved ourselves through so many state lines, we forgot time. Highways laced through impeccable fields, indigo ponds nested within tall grass. We counted license plates, saying “You’re far from home!” Our bodies didn’t ask for much, we ate Airheads and Starbursts,Continue reading “BEING ALIVE IS THE MEANING”

AN EDUCATION

(I wrote this poem about two years ago, when I was unemployed after college. Now I’m about to be voluntarily unemployed. How much life can change in so little time. I am learning now what is essential to my happiness, my wholeness. And it absolutely means simplicity.) Our fruit baskets are not empty. My shelfContinue reading “AN EDUCATION”