Monday, August 27, 2012


When a man a stick of incense burned
and his wife became incensed
did the man thereby a lesson learn?
has a fragrant way commenced?

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

A question of twaddle & puddle

The duck by her nature must waddle
the twit by his nature must twaddle
the singing-frog cannot but sing
& jump with a splash in the puddle

The nature of each is declared
by what from its voicebox is aired
who raise then the punishing paddle
are they truly free of all muddle?

Sunday, August 19, 2012

A Sonoma ditty for Rachel Dacus

Some poems of soma
are so like Sonoma
some gnomes of Samoa
are somewhere nigh Roma
the poem's aroma
was wafting by Goa
the hummingbird's so
a delight in Sonoma

Thursday, August 16, 2012

August [sonnet]

[pseudo-archaic sonnet riff with August rhymes]

The blinking blogger bloggest
his blues whate'er they be
but in the month of August
what news hath poetry?

where grace of shade hath vanished
might breezes yet arise?
atrocities of August
accost our baffled eyes

if lemonade be laughter
pray pour it in mine ear
each August ever after
they'll circulate dark beer

through searing heat thou sloggest?
the month mine sweet were August


Occasioned by this:
“Novel” by Arthur Rimbaud

Sunday, August 12, 2012

"Karma" [rubai]

Karma never sleeps
dharma rarely weeps
all things have a purpose
in the misty deeps

Friday, August 3, 2012

"Slumbering on the BART" [sonnet]

Sometimes Daly City
sometimes Bay Point comes
Freemont? such a pity!
Richmond rather numbs
waking up's an art
if the dream is deep
slumbering on the BART
transported by sleep
stations pass unseen
passengers unnoted
gone! know what I mean?
like a pol out-voted
when BART-doors shut tight
bid world-woes goodnight


For Yonatan Pinkas

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

"Impossible beloveds" [rubai]

1.  "Impossible beloveds"

What if unrequited love's the standard script?
yet what numbskull such a pattern would encrypt?
when you doggedly seek impossible beloveds

by what doggone agony you're often gripped!

July 31

(Verse rumination dashed off on a mobile
amidst a nocturnal dag-walking saunter.)


2.  "The dog walkers"

Are the dog walkers   a breed apart?
their astrology's   not hard to chart
a trined dog star bolsters friendliness
in a dog-eat-dog world   have a heart!

Aug. 1

(This is more a Sirius poem than a serious poem.)