2019 Published Poems



This part of my blog includes poems and places in which my work has been published. To make this readable, the newest poems are at the TOP of this page. In some cases there will be a link to a blog page if the poem is already on my blog. If not, then I will post the poem in this section. Your comments are always welcome. I love hearing responses from readers. It’s wonderful knowing people read my work and I enjoy learning about what a poem means to them.


(in reverse chronological order) 



Prune Juice, Journal of Senryu, Kyoka, Haibun & Haiga

Issue #28, July 2019





neighbors mingle

after the storm





our gods

stand between us

total eclipse


failed haikuA Journal of English Senryu

Volume 4, Issue 43

July 2019



abandoned nest

four blue eggs

but no answers




vagrant fog

a distant train

slows the night










Redlights, Volume 15, No. 2, June 2019


a day will come

when we are the faces

in old picture albums

and no one left

to give us names



babcia’s borscht recipe

in faded black ink—

can you smell the beets

bubble and hear her

hum along



Ribbons Spring/Summer 2019: Volume 15, No. 2



PET scan . . .

all the dogs & cats

I ever knew & loved

romp in the tunnel

where I lie in stillness



Ribbons Spring/Summer 2019: Volume 15, No. 2

Tanka Café:  Theme: What Matters [to You]


they say time

moves faster as we age

yet here I am

stealing an hour

to listen to the birds



cattails: The Official Journal of the United Haiku and Tanka Society, April 2019 Issue



late winter

the garden’s breath

shifts once more




one crow

and a clutch of chickadees

at the birdfeeder —

that simple need

to fit in someplace






Frogpond 42.2 * 2019



white blossoms

lighten the darkness






Blithe Spirit 29.2, 2019



evening meditation

fireflies flit here

& there

                           & there




sacred sites

finding myself praying

in another language




the soft rustle

of quivering aspen leaves

over and over

I replay the words

I might have said




a feeling of you

standing behind me …

when I turn around,

only shadow

only silence







Moonbathing 20 Spring/Summer 2019



sea glass

    a distant story

        told in waves

            I long

                to read





The Heron’s Nest, Volume XXI, Number 2: June 2019



a single brass button—

I try to remember

his voice



Eucalypt  Issue 26,  2019



without warning

a leaf rises in the wind

then tumbles—

our need for forgiveness

so unexpected, too


(Eucalypt, The Distinctive Scribblings Awards)






Gusts, Contemporary Tanka  No. 29, Spring/Summer 2019




faint notes

of a harpsichord

playing Bach –

why is it you always wait

for one wrong note




you pour a second cup

of pale moon tea

in a teashop in Prague

. . . I wonder what story

the leaves might tell





walking alone

past the tide’s own

push and pull –

I turn to see my footprints

wash away






Kokako 30, 2019




abbey ruins

voices of evensong

     nowhere                 everywhere





old burying ground

so many grave markers

buried too





in the coffee shop

a glimpse of someone

who looks just like you—

I quickly check my face

in a mirror





dark storm clouds

dissolve in sunlight

and shift again—

your changing moods

just as quick





Blithe Spirit 29.1, 2019



ground fog
even birdsong
is invisible


wood’s edge –
that inescapable pull
of darkness


starlight on
winter branches—
those nagging thoughts
that seem to come
from nowhere


Frogpond 42.1 Winter 2019


war memorial

blue dragonflies

loop in tandem



Red Lights, Volume 15, No. 1, January 2019


racing down
the unknown slalom
course of memory
unaware how faulty
our footing might be



a canopy of leaves
obscures the view
. . . why is it I never
see the good
in him?


Haiku Holiday, NCHS, 2019

“40 Years, 40 Haiku”




more and more invisible

as I grow old



our country’s story

ever evolving

. . . fallen blossoms




Modern Haiku, Volume 50.1, Winter-Spring 2019



that look . . .
a skim coat of ice
in the bird bath



Vines #3, hedgerow, February 2019



Unearthing Beauty

    A Rengay by Mary Kendall (USA) & Kate MacQueen(USA)


poet’s laurel

slowly growing

word by word


violets bloom

in the old oak’s shade


small strands of wool        

and garden string

tucked in a nest


lightly gloved fingers

free the hellebores

from sodden leaves


unearthing beauty

where others see darkness



and frog song

up from the gully


Prune Juice, Journal of Senryu, Kyoka, Haibun & Haiga,
Issue 27, March 2019



voices in my mind . . .

a flurry of snowflakes

erases the world




town by town

field by field

pasture by pasture

my train of thought

outpaces the clouds