first exchange


too young to know of

proper courting etiquette,

i offered my girlfriend

a scraggly “bouquet”

of roadside wildflowers–

she was so delighted,

she kissed my cheek!

now, after a life-time

of living together,

I know why the memory

of that day stands out

as such a profoundly

momentous occasion:

it was the first exchange

of true feelings between

our innocent souls,

a bouquet for a kiss.

–photo by me

Lemming Effect


Early one morning,

Without any warning,

They rose from their beds

And got dressed eagerly.

They ran out the door

And met up at the shore,

And then, two by two,

They walked into the sea–

I hope reason finds

What was going thru their minds

As they went to their watery graves,

For nothing explains

Why their only remains

Are the red caps afloat on the waves.

–Photo by me

Nature’s Nature


Capricious Mother Nature

Adds a little bright red to

Her late-summer pastels.

Soon that won’t be enough;

She’ll get carried away

And paint all the forests

With the brightest colors

She has on her palette,

But when she steps back

To admire her painting,

She’ll come to her senses

And quickly erase it all.

–Photo by me