Straits, or: Expanses

A 'Cascade' poem I struggle every day to make ends meetAnxieties pummel me into broken gravel Worn ragged, it's a stretch to say I'm freePressure grinds rough at soul skinned rawBuses; clocks; jobs; child; chores; back|forthI struggle every day to make ends meetPump me full of alcohol, caffeine, courageLiquid channels wind through foggy stuporAnxieties pummel… Continue reading Straits, or: Expanses

W3 Prompt #16: Wea’ve Written Weekly

Intro Dear friends, Welcome to our W3 Poetry Prompt, which goes live on Wednesdays at The Skeptic's Kaddish. You may click here for a fuller explanation of W3; but here's the 'tldr' version: Part I The main ingredient of W3 is a weekly poem written by a Poet of the Week (PoW), which participants respond… Continue reading W3 Prompt #16: Wea’ve Written Weekly

Jerusalem, or: Haifa

I cheated on Jerusalem with Haifa of the free; free; free of strife, of tension, not to mention: of hostility; Floating in Haifa, 'pon the sea, squinting at the sun, one with wave breaks, done playing brave; beaming, having fun; I cheated on Jerusalem with Haifa for a time, time, time; heart charting its smooth… Continue reading Jerusalem, or: Haifa

A mishmash of thoughts on Ukraine

Showing solidarity with Ukraine Earlier today, I noticed a Ukrainian flag graphic on WildChild47's (Pat's) blog, and, liking the idea, I added a flag to the right-side column of my own blog with the words (borrowed from Pat): in solidarity with Ukraine - на солідарність з Україною Well, I suppose that now everyone can be… Continue reading A mishmash of thoughts on Ukraine

To be, or: Not to be

My 2nd Duodora EPIGRAPH: To be, or not to be, that is the question:Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to sufferThe slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,Or to take arms against a sea of troublesAnd by opposing end them.(from Hamlet, spoken by Hamlet) Sitting, thinking about rhythms and rhymes; syllables and forms; lines and enjambments;… Continue reading To be, or: Not to be

Give me freedom, or: Give me death

My 1st oddquain Free- dom requires resources, unless 1 refers to the right 2 die Murisopsis' Scavenger Hunt Muri is running a poetry scavenger hunt this month and an oddquain about poverty is #6 on her list. This is also the first in a series of seven oddquains that I'm writing for my #APoemADay challenge,… Continue reading Give me freedom, or: Give me death

Freedom, or: Limitations

EPIGRAPH: The enemy of art is the absence of limitations.- Orson Welles (1915-85) Deceptive freedom Everywhere | boundaries Awareness sets free Shabbat & Pesach (Passover) Dear friends, I am offline for two days until sunset on Sunday so I will be unable to respond to your comments until then. I'll miss you 🙂

Power concedes nothing without a demand

Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or… Continue reading Power concedes nothing without a demand