2021 Published Poems


This part of my blog includes poems and places in which my work has been published in 2021. To make this readable, the newest poems are at the TOP of this page. 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 each reader.

(Entries are in reverse chronological order) 

Kokako Winter 2021

snow drifts ~
the wild wind’s
last brief fling


woodland colours
now grow pale
winter light

arranging zinnias
in an old milk jug,
this pandemic silence
urges me to notice
the simplest things

Tanka Café @ Ribbons Winter 2021: Volume 17, Number 1    [theme: Escapes]

it isn’t a matter
of distance for me –
I learned by age five
how to slip deep inside
that passing cloud

GUSTS: Contemporary Tanka 33 (Tanka Canada)


a gathering basket
filled with rosehips & hazels –
why is it so hard
to put back all the bits
and pieces you left behind?

GUSTS: Contemporary Tanka 33 (Tanka Canada)

tongue tripping
in the Provençal patisserie
I shyly order my first
macarons au marrons
in French

GUSTS: Contemporary Tanka 33 (Tanka Canada)

life as we knew it
vanished in quarantine,
yet tiny helicopters
of maple seeds will twirl
& spin again one day

Frogpond, Vol. 44.1 Winter 2021

the vast galaxy
of a child’s imagination

Blithe Spirit 31.1 2021

sleet storm –
a nagging thought
just won’t let go


Blithe Spirit 31.1 2021

bleakness –
the lingering taste
of a bad dream


Blithe Spirit 31.1 2021

cutting back roses
before winter sets in …
why must it sometimes
hurt so much
in order to grow?


Eucalypt 29 Winter 2020


rough edges worn down
on well-trodden paths,
each cobblestone
a reminder of how far
we’ve travelled

Redlights, Volume 17, No. 1, January 2021

a red-bellied woodpecker
flaunts his drumming skills—
below his tree I pause
to feel his thunder,
to hear his words


whirlwinds of scarlet
and ochre leaves
flit across the square –
days of self-isolation spent
learning to slow down