Saturday, April 30, 2016

April 30: Jane's azalea

Stealing flowers
from the yard of a neighbor
who won't be coming home. 

Friday, April 29, 2016

April 29: Housewarming

A friend's new house--
sun shining in empty rooms,
walls waiting for paint.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

April 28: Sighting

Shock when the quick fox
started from the roadside,
then just a simple joy.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

April 27: Found object

Spring migration.
The boy takes the dead thrush
to school in a paper bag.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

April 26: Spring snow

Which is more fleeting--
magnolia petals or
late April snowfall?

St. Thomas seems surprised to see snow
falling on the blooming magnolia today

Monday, April 25, 2016

April 25: Home

Pair of nuthatches
checking out the birdhouse
while I fix the back door.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Saturday, April 23, 2016

April 23: Funeral

After the funeral
we sip sweet tea.
She'd have loved that magnolia.

Friday, April 22, 2016

April 22: Pink Moon

A friend lies near death
yet still the full moon rises
still the bloodroot blooms.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

April 20: Magnolia

Walking to the pub
stopped in my tracks by perfume--
flowers overhead.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

April 19: Choices

It takes me an hour
to choose two pots of pansies.
I want all the colors.

April 18: Spring cleaning

Spring cleaning--
lovers' old letters thrown out
with stacks of paid bills.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

April 17: Paul's birthday

Raking last year's leaves
off tender spikes of tulips,
getting my hands dirty.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

April 16: Spring night

At the end of a long drive:
chorus of peepers,
stars bright as flowers.

Friday, April 15, 2016

April 15: Asia in Amsterdam

Got a private tour this morning of the wonderful "Asia in Amsterdam" show at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem. Saw some exquisite works of art, including textiles, books, paintings, ceramics, and decorative housewares, that reflected, in part, the influence of Asian arts and culture on the Netherlands during its Golden Age in the 17th century.
Four centuries later
Persian birds still vivid--
I want to touch them.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

April 14: Driving into spring

It doesn't seem fair.
Just three hours drive south:
flowering magnolias.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

April 13: Osprey returns

First osprey of spring
keening loudly overhead:
I'm back. Remember?

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

April 12: My sister turns 40

A vivid memory:
that big sister excitement
forty years ago.

Monday, April 11, 2016

April 11: Mayflowers

Years later I still hear
my grandmother telling me
not to pick them.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

April 10: Sunday driver

Stuck behind a Sunday driver,
Allmans playing:
Slow down. Enjoy this.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

April 9: Dueling wrens

Two wrens sing back and forth--
hard to hear in such beauty
the aggression.

Friday, April 8, 2016

April 8: April rain

Rain pockmarks the lake
where I once swam as a child.
Tree full of blackbirds.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

April 7: Transport

Crows and shadows of crows
pass through the yard.
Some days I leave this body.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

April 6: Cold morning

below freezing
phoebe flits  where are the flies
how to stop thinking

April 5: National Poetry Month

The Time & Temperature Building in Portland flashes the time, temperature, and then two sets of 4 letters each that vary from day to day. Currently it's flashing POEM and MNTH for National Poetry Month.

above the city
POEM flashing in bright lights
labels the scene

Monday, April 4, 2016

April 4: Drooping snowdrops

After snowfall
the snowdrops look flattened.
Flock of juncos peck the lawn.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

April 3: Spring snow

Just as we began this morning's hike up Mount Battie, the snow started to fall and the wind started to howl. We three women and the dog accumulated snow as we walked quickly to keep warm against the wind. Fortunately the inclement weather didn't quiet the season's first sapsuckers and Winter Wren.

Snow falling faster.
Long trilled song of the wren
from somewhere in the woods.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

April 2: All life's a stage

After the opera
still wiping tears
in the aisles of Home Depot.

Friday, April 1, 2016

April 1: Happy hour

Leaving happy hour
after the rain's stopped.
Clock face glowing in the mist.