Thursday, June 22, 2017

22 June 2017

A threatening sky
Captured by my camera,
Just before sunset


22 June 2017
(Taken at 8:30 today)


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

21 June 2017


The frogs continue
Their all-night concerto
And I try to sleep.
21 June 2017

Saturday, June 17, 2017

17 June 2017

Early this morning,
Under the crabapple tree,
A small brown bunny.

17 June 2017

Thursday, June 15, 2017

16 June 2017

Outside our window,
A young tree losing its leaves
And slowly dying.

15 June 2017

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

14 June 2017

Rain falling in sheets,
Thunder in the distance, and
One very scared dog.

14 June 2017

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

13 June 2017

Lounging in the sun,
I see a splash of color,
Grab my camera.

13 June 2017
(Taken 8 June 2017)



Saturday, June 10, 2017

10 June 2017

Nearly 50 years...
Remembering my first love,
Some things don't end well.

10 June 2017

Friday, June 9, 2017

9 June 2017

A dove on the roof
Cooing its song, waiting for
A dove to answer.

9 June 2017

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

6 June 2017

Feeling old tonight,
Aching, unable to sleep.
But, then, I am old.

6 June 2017

Sunday, June 4, 2017

4 June 2017

Watching the sun set,
Seeing the sky change from gray
To this blaze of light.

4 June 2017
(Photo tonight at about 8:30)



Saturday, June 3, 2017

3 June 2017

Time moves slowly, day
By day.  And yet the years go
So very swiftly.

3 June 2017

Thursday, June 1, 2017

1 June 2017

Three turtles resting
At the pond's edge dive in when

A squirrel gets close.
1 June 2017

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

31 May 2017

Stretching and yawning...
Time to join my wife, to sleep,
To wake at sunrise.

31 May 2017

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

30 May 2017

On a winding road,
Destination uncertain,
I drive warily.

30 May 2017

Sunday, May 28, 2017

28 May 2017

More storms today, and
Years ago, I would have danced
In the pouring rain.

28 May 2017

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

24 May 2017

A song from my past
Plays in my mental jukebox--
"Tangled up in blue."

24 May 2017

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

23 May 2017

Two ducks in the yard,
Chasing each other around
The pond, wings flapping.

23 May 2017

Sunday, May 21, 2017

21 May 2017

If I close my eyes
And shut my ears, I can hope
The world will survive.

21 May 2017

Saturday, May 20, 2017

20 May 2017

Waiting in my car,
I'm listening to the rain's
Insistent rhythm.

20 May 2017

Friday, May 19, 2017

19 May 2017

After last night's storms,
A sunny, windy day and
Ducks in the front yard.

19 May 2017
 


Sunday, May 14, 2017

14 May 2017

Basho's frog splashed in
The pond and was gone.  Mine
Croaks throughout the night.

14 May 2017
(Basho's haiku:
The old pond;
A frog jumps in —
The sound of the water.
Translated by R.H. Blyth)

Friday, May 12, 2017

12 May 2017

A robin splashing
In a puddle, flies away
Singing as it goes.

12 May 2017

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

10 May 2017

No rain for a while,
And the birds are singing when
I walk through the yard.

10 May 2017

Thursday, May 4, 2017

4 May 2017

A lifetime ago,
Walking home, learning of four
Dead in Ohio.

4 May 2017

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

3 May 2017

Time to let things go,
To withdraw into our home,
To try to find peace.

3 May 2017

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

2 May 2017

On a narrow street
Growing against a gray wall
A few  pink roses.

2 May 2017
(The photo was taken in France, in 2000)



Sunday, April 30, 2017

30 April 2017

Gray skies and thunder
And the dog looks for shelter
Hiding near my feet.

30 April 2017

Thursday, April 27, 2017

27 April 2017

And I remember
A flower in a hedgerow
Years ago, in France.

27 April 2017
(Taken in May 2000)
 


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

26 April 2017

Early this morning,
Listening to doves calling,
I slowly wake up.

26 April 2017

25 April 2017

The bullfrog returns,
Keeping me awake with his
Insistent croaking.
25 April 2017

Thursday, April 20, 2017

20 April 2017

Roadside, there's a goose
Eating dandelion greens
As I'm driving by.

20 April 2017

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

18 April 2017

Just days ago--bare
Branches.  Now, leaves whisper
When a breeze moves them.

18 April 2017

Sunday, April 16, 2017

12 April 2017

Feeling old tonight...
Aching knees, aching shoulder,
Unable to sleep.
12 April 2017
(Somehow this didn't
get published.)

16 April 2017

Late night memories...
Where I was and how I felt
And who was with me.

16 April 2017

Friday, April 14, 2017

14 April 2017

The sun's still shining
As a sudden storm rattles
Our windows today.

14 April 2014

Saturday, April 8, 2017

8 April 2017

A sparrow in flight,
Singing as it passes, and
I want to sing, too.

8 April 2017

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

5 April 2017

The storm grows nearer.
The dog trembles, tries to hide,
Lying at my feet.

5 April 2017

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

4 April 2017

Just a year ago,
Watching the sky and waiting
For the coming storm.

4 April 2017
(Photo from 1 April 2016)
 
 
 

 

Saturday, April 1, 2017

1 April 2017

Growing old, my friends
No longer near, wishing for
Past intimacies.

1 April 2017

Friday, March 31, 2017

31 March 2017

It's nearly midnight;
The rain has ended at last,
But I'm still awake.

31 March 2017

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

29 March 2017

Listening to Getz
Playing Gillespie with soul
And I feel at peace.

29 March 2017
("Con Alma," from the album
Sweet Rain."
"Con alma" is "with soul," in Spanish)

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

28 March 2017

Just a year ago,
Caught in the evening light,
An orchid in bloom.

28 March 2017
 


Monday, March 27, 2017

27 March 2017

Seeing the dog sleep,
Across the room, tightly curled--
And I'm off to bed.

27 March 2017

Sunday, March 26, 2017

26 March 2017

Stacks of books in reach,
Too worn out even to care...
And so the stacks grow.

26 March 2017

Monday, March 20, 2017

20 March 2017

Quiet afternoon,
Then an explosive outburst...
A sudden hailstorm.

20 March 2017
(Photo taken today, about 4:30 PM)
 


Sunday, March 19, 2017

19 March 2017

I remember them,
From years past, as they were then.
And now, they're dying.

19 March 2017

Friday, March 17, 2017

17 March 2017

Can I remember
Who I was then, what I felt?
Sometimes...sometimes, not.

17 March 2017

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

15 March 2017

Just moving around
Has become more difficult
As I've grown older.

15 March 2017

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

14 March 2017

And winter returns...
A bit of snow, bitter cold...

Glad to stay inside.
14 March 2017

Monday, March 13, 2017

13 March 2017

Waking this morning
With snow in the air, falling
On the budding trees.

13 March 2017

Sunday, March 12, 2017

12 March 2017

Looking at pictures
From years past, remembering
Those times and places.

12 March 2017

Saturday, March 11, 2017

11 March 2017

Squirrels leaping from
Ground to tree, from branch to branch,
Playing in the sun.

11 March 2017

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

8 March 2017

The forsythia
Have just begun to blossom...
Harbingers of spring.

8 March 2017

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

7 March 2017

The gray morning--gone.
Sunshine, and white clouds drifting,
Slowly, overhead.

7 March 2017

Sunday, March 5, 2017

5 March 2017

Reading newspapers,
Watching  the Sunday talk shows--
The world's gone crazy.

5 March 2017

Saturday, March 4, 2017

4 March 2017

Trying not to wonder
What comes next, but to find peace
In our private life.

4 March 2017

Thursday, March 2, 2017

2 March 2017

Walking carefully,
Each step an adventure now,
As my knees protest.

2 March 2017

Monday, February 27, 2017

27 February 2017

Reading late into
The night, waking too early...
And now, dozing off...

27 February 2017

Thursday, February 23, 2017

23 February 2017

Walking to my car,
A dove somewhere nearby  calls,
Waits, and calls again.

23 February 2017

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

22 February 2017

A single flower,
Caught in the sun, long ago,
And I know not where.

22 February 2017

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

21 February 2017

Remembering Rome...
A flower cart in a street
Near the Spanish Steps.

21 February 2017
 


Sunday, February 19, 2017

19 February 2017

A dove on the roof
Rouses me from sleep, softly
Cooing this morning.

19 February 2017

Friday, February 17, 2017

17 February 2017

Sunshine, gentle breeze--
A lovely spring day--except
It's February,

17 February 2017

Thursday, February 16, 2017

16 February 2017

Outside our window,
Cardinal hops branch to branch,
And then flies away.

16 February 2017

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

14 February 2017

On Valentine's Day,
At home with my wife and dog,
Nothing can go wrong.

14 February 2017

Monday, February 13, 2017

13 February 2017

I am growing old;
I look to the past more, now,
Than to the future.

13 February 2017

Saturday, February 11, 2017

11 February 2017

A squadron of geese
Overhead, flying about
And squawking loudly.

11 February 2017

Monday, February 6, 2017

6 February 2017

It seems a dream now...
Long ago and far away...
I still remember.

6 February 2017

Sunday, February 5, 2017

5 February 2017

Watching the sun set...
A blaze of red in the west,

Then, sudden darkness.
5 February 2017

Saturday, February 4, 2017

4 February 2017

Sixty-nine years gone...
Beyond all expectations,
I keep on ticking.

4 February 2017

Friday, February 3, 2017

3 February 2017

Sitting at my desk,
The world at my fingertips...
And I turn away...

3 February 2017

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

31 January 2017

Ducks on the canal
Floating almost aimlessly
Seem not to be cold


31 January 2017

Sunday, January 29, 2017

29 January 2017

We are refugees,
All of us without a home,
Until something changes.

29 January 2017

Saturday, January 28, 2017

28 January 2017

Walls are not always
Physical.  Often, they are
Built around our hearts.
28 January 2017

Friday, January 27, 2017

27 January 2017

A cold wind blowing
From behind--making me run
For the nearest door.

27 January 2017
 

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

25 January 2017

Everyone shouts
And no one listens. In these times,
Do we know what's true?
25 January 2017

Saturday, January 21, 2017

21 January 2017

Tired and short of sleep...
A bad combination for
The whole family.

21 January 2017

Thursday, January 19, 2017

19 January 2017

Late at night, trying
To sleep, but remembering
Her hand on my cheek.

19 January 2017

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

18 January 2017

Pictures from the past,
My memories awakened.
And emotions, too
18 January 2017
(Rome, 2002)

Sunday, January 15, 2017

15 January 2017

Around the table,
Our family together,
And telling stories.

15 January 2017

Saturday, January 14, 2017

14 January 2017

Watching the sunset
At the end of the old year.
And waiting for dawn

14 January 2017
(Taken 31 December 2016, at sunset)




Wednesday, January 11, 2017

11 January 2017

At home, listening
To the rain and to the wind.
Glad to be inside.

11 January 2017

Monday, January 9, 2017

9 January 2017

Napping in my chair,
Waking with stiff knees and neck,
When the dog wants out.

9 January 2017

Sunday, January 8, 2017

8 January 2017

Just yesterday?  No,
More than fourteen years ago...
An Italian day,

8 January 2017

Saturday, January 7, 2017

7 January 2017

Our dog goes out, and
Dances in the snow. Or so
It appears to us.

7 January 2017

Friday, January 6, 2017

6 January 2017

So cold that the air's
Like a knife when I inhale--
Each breath's a stab wound.

6 January 2017

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

4 January 2017

Half-moon high above,
Shrouded by thin, wispy clouds,
On a dark canvas.

4 January 2017

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

3 January 2017

Briefly, the clouds part
And the sun brightens the day.
Then the rain returns.

3 January 2017

Sunday, January 1, 2017

1 January 2017

Thinking of my past,
Reminded of one I loved,
And remembering...

1 January 2017