I remember a time ago remarking to my father about the destruction of trees in exchange for new (and we decided, cheap) houses I said: the mud holes, cement and sand seem terrible when there are houses rotting down the street And he replied, but new houses represent growth in the market; a sign ofContinue reading “IS THIS PROGRESS?”


There was a time in school when we made little bridges entirely of toothpicks and glue Some kind of rite of passage, the rudimentary sketching out of engineering, new senses of space and time With a week’s worth of shifted focus, here comes my new contribution to the soundness of my own structured life HowContinue reading “POEM ON FATIGUE”

In All This Rain

This is a beloved poem from physician-poet John Stone. A few months ago, I lost a dog that was my pet since age 12 and lived with me during part of my adult life. John Stone really captures just how painful losing an animal is with this piece. Especially the last line: “Next dog, IContinue reading “In All This Rain”


Once Thought is a poem I wrote during my first year in the corporate world. I would hide out in the coffee shop across the street from work during my lunch break to write poems — coming back to life for those precious 30 minutes. I always imagined myself doing something magnificent for work, butContinue reading “ONCE THOUGHT”

An actual definite someone

An accidental poem taken from the prose of Jonathan Franzen. This wasn’t the person he’d thought he was, or would have chosen to be if he’d been free to choose, but there was something comforting + liberating about being an actual definite someone, rather than a collection of contradictory potential someones.