Another Time

Traditionally, more people seem to appreciate posts in which I share a short poem, poems generally bridging the gap between this world and some other place of magic. Therefore…

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Another Time

The hare that darted
into the shadows
tangled in the briars
was started by a gnome
that climbed

from a chipmunk hole
near the new fence,
its wood still white as light,
and although I was sad
to see the rabbit fly

so abruptly,
having forgotten
the gnome’s wit,
I confirmed to speak
with the hare another time.


Now there’s a bit of silliness.


In just a few hours, a powerful winter storm will swallow my pocket of the world, the wooded highlands of New Jersey. All are abuzz: get the milk, the eggs, the bread. Although I need to get some coffee ( a life essential), I look to the storm’s enchantment, which, you may not realize, lives in the space that separates each flake of falling snow. Allow me to explain.

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If you snatch some time,
rip your eyes away
from the waltz
of each descending spec of snow,

keening your sight
against the air
that cushions the space
between the gentle plummet

of winter’s fair
and, if luck prevails,
you may spy January’s sprite,
on dazzled wing,

slicking each frozen shard
with a child’s dream,
a sterling glimmer
of play and laughter and song.

In this Rain

It’s raining here in Vernon, New Jersey, a cold, gray rain. And who doesn’t like ogres?

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In this Rain 

Even the ogre,
his heart as wild as havoc,
as stout as stone,

cowers under the oak limbs,
praying kindly sprites
might lift

a forest shadow
from the dank earth,
drape it over his shoulders.

The air is cold.
Old bones
clack and shiver.

A Wish

If you could enter a fairytale, would you alter its unraveling or simply let it unfold as it has time and time again?

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A Wish

Yes, today, to wrap myself in shadow,
as a shivering child might sink
within a blanket’s cocoon,
to stand as still as lost memories,

a stone beside a forest path,
as an ogre might,
where wolves creep
sniffing for that scent,

a bouquet of innocence,
small ones draped in red cloaks
hefting baskets laden with jams
and warm breads,

to touch an old tale,
to watch that ink drip
from a wrinkled page and delightfully
taint the forest’s floor.

This Muffin (Revision)

Two of my most faithful followers stumbled a bit as they read my last post, suggesting to me that revisions needed to be made. Said revisions are posted here.

Thank you, ladies!! I appreciate your time and eye.

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This Muffin

This muffin,
laced with lines of sugar
as sweet as a child’s smile,
if forsaken, on a picnic, in the pit
of a sleeping elm’s shade,

will crumble,
between the ivory
of hungry fangs,
bruins that will quit
their porridge for such a treat,

the lost crumbs gathered
by a colony of light,
greedy sprites,
on crystal wings,
humming harmonies

to the music
of their own flight.

A Proper Book

National Poetry Month – Day 2

This one, I believe, well follows the poem I posted yesterday.

Dream a bit today. See what you can see. Wonder. Find what you can find.

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A Proper Book

A proper book, if you knock
on its cover as you would the door
to a friendly house, will hum
like a hive. Its pages will swell

with life and all that ink
will find its place.
Goblins will crowd their caves,
peer from that darkness,

yellow eyes clustered as grapes.
Heroes, with polished swords,
will stand on a forest’s edge,
hearts storming as thunder,

prepared to confront death,
beat it back into shadow.
Witches will stir their bubbling pots
and sprites will harvest sunlight

resting as raindrops on the leaves
of an old oak who remembers
how all stories began,
once upon a time.

Last Night’s Snack

This piece was written over the course of two days. It began last night and found its end this morning. Hopefully, the mundae is spiced with a bit of magic. Take a look. What do you think? Ever find your self in a moment, a trivial moment, a moment that, to you, is heavy with importace, an importance that deserves note.

Last Night’s Snack
The scent of bread
and old books,
fresh coffee grounds
kept in a dented can

on a shelf
lined with strips
of paper colored
with purple flowers.

Dust floats in sunlight
beaming through the window
as if heaven existed
just outside,

dust floating as stars float,
as planets and angels
through a galaxy
that only endures

as I now stand quietly
in the kitchen,
the white tile stained
with two splotches

of ketchup,
cursted now,
as dry blood might crust,
my blood, if last night,

I had clashed with dragons
rather than made a sandwhich.

A Lost Fairytale

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A Lost Fairytale

I saw a lost fairytale
tumble across
the cold ground

as a leaf tumbles,
shepherd by autumn’s will.
It hid in a shadow

cooling the air stitched
between stalks of tall grass.
Somewhere, I thought,

where windows are shut
and old toys are stashed in boxes,
a child, who once shared

cakes with dragons,
has forgotten the monsters
beneath his bed still long to play.

With a Broken Wing (National Poetry Month – Day 8)

Just a bit of dreaming, but every word is truth.

With a Broken Wing

I spied a fairy
with a broken wing
knitted to a sparrow’s back

with spider’s silk.
The sparrow spirited
between two white birch

where grackles gather,
shimmering like oil,
to cackle, warning

pine trolls to feast
on other eggs,
to find their breath

in the woodland’s heart
where the air, cool and wet,
soothes even their pocked skin,

perhaps where the sparrow flies
and fairies go to live or die.

Harmonized Second

Perhaps after today’s feast, I’ll get to do this. Again, happy Thanksgiving. God bless.



When time lends its heart to me
and winter’s new chill slinks
through the hills as silence,
I step into the wood where shadows

lie upon shadows and the stern oak
agrees to chaperone my dreams.
There, I stand, still, yet stiller,
until my pulse thunks a harmonized

second to the woven pulse
of earth and air. Quiet and still,
until I am peace
and sparrows pluck hairs from my head

to warm their nests,
gnomes step from the dark
stuffed between rocks,
and a dragon roars from the forest’s deep.

Quickly, it lumbers toward me,
thunder and might.
It needs to know my name.