1968 in 2013

Today, I completed 1968 in 2013, a 2-part series published on October 25 and November 2.

Indifference (August 2013)

The Universe gave me a mirror
through which to see the dark side of myself:
 
My seeming indifference towards others with whom I connect
Deep love for the One that is all things together

A poem for Sondra (May 2005)

A Firecracker of a human being
threatening to knock out
the lights 
with her hips 
every time she crosses a room
A one-woman laugh machine
processing grist
from cruel, painful, unfair losses
to bake loaves of light-hearted giggling
and wisdom to vault misfortune

Slip, sliding away (February 2004)

My hair 
grows 
increasingly 
gray
 
seconds
slipping

Beyond walls (May 2005)

Travel 
Is a university
of life
in which there is no degree 
 
inexplicable to one 
who is not explored it 

Me in jewelry (September 2008)

I lost a bracelet Rachel gave me
A day after I got it
 
It was a perfect
encapsulation
of me.
 

The agents are coming (April 2009)

Revere rode through the streets
to raise alarm
at threats to our liberty
far less severe than these
 
The crisis does not lie off in the future,

Beyond the Maryland Shore (October 2010)

we are
all water
babbling
our way
down a slope
winding through
escapades

Nihilism (March 2000)

The air hangs thick
like mucous
stuck in my throat

Bottles rattle
blown down the street
chased by newspapers

children cigarette
butts and the last
dying hopes

of a species bent
on its own
self-destruction.

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