Expectation packaged in an envelope

Letters are expectation packaged in an envelope. -Shana Alexander (1925 – 2005) I've written before about my special poetry partnership with Sangeetha and how she has brought more color into my world. Recently, I wrote a poem inspired by an envelope that I received from Sangeetha in the mail, but I didn't write anything about… Continue reading Expectation packaged in an envelope

Jehangir, or: Sangeetha

Blank Verse Handwriting so neat it could have been typed; envelope worn from international journey through the clouds; J. R. D. Tata, the first licensed pilot in India, features on six stamps in the upper left corner, but he's upside-down; I wonder if his flight was turbulent, or whether he rolled, pitched, and yawed for… Continue reading Jehangir, or: Sangeetha

New Year’s, or: Novy God

A haibun My wife, having grown up in Russia, is very attached to celebrating Novy God (the Gregorian New Year). Every year, she prepares several Russian-style salads, purchases gifts for our daughter, and hangs lights around the apartment. I'm not opposed to any of this, but I don't identify with it. Still, the food is… Continue reading New Year’s, or: Novy God

Guns, or: Roses

A sijo good friends, wine, conversation, roses; a lovely gathering; forgoing birthday presents, she'd asked for donations to Ukraine; her sad smile hinted at heartache; her mind away at war Sijo? A Korean verse form related to haiku and tanka and comprised of three lines of 14-16 syllables each, for a total of 44-46 syllables. Each line contains a… Continue reading Guns, or: Roses

Flavors, or: Fingertips

EPIGRAPH: Alex-A few moments ofreading pleasure in returnfor an evening of sensualdelights. Dennis October Bacchanalia1994 -A book inscription on 'The Physiology of Taste' A Sedōka flavors of moonlight our last candlelit evening drips of hot glistening wax fingertips quiver tracing the curves of your quill pulsing flush spreads over me Sedōka? Composed of two sets of 5-7-7… Continue reading Flavors, or: Fingertips

From an anonymous sender

d’Verse prosery "I used to love gardening... small, branching lavender shrubs; heavy, pink peonies; trumpet-shaped lilies... Oh, and I’d like, too, to plant the sweet alyssum that smells like honey and peace, my Dearest. That would be truly, truly divine." "Grandma?" "Yes, Darling?" "Could you tell me again about The Peace Times? Tell me about… Continue reading From an anonymous sender

Action, or: Reaction

A 'Reversed Etheree' think; plot; call; travel; park; enter; browse; find; lift; turn; look; decide; walk; stand; wait; hand; pay; wrap; carry; return; check; sneak; place; hide; eat; chat; act; undress; lie; slumber; dream; waken; rise; dress; remove; bring; lay; rouse; grin; shrug; follow; watch; enjoy; hug Etheree The poetry form, Etheree, consists of 10… Continue reading Action, or: Reaction

The round display case

d’Verse prosery "Mom!" "Hey, Kiddo! I missed you!" The wiry middle-aged woman tousled the stocky boy's hair, gave him a tight hug, and unstrapped her pack, swinging it off her shoulders. "Look, Luke, I got you something!" Barbara unzipped a side pocket and reached inside, rummaging through various personal effects until her fingers grazed the… Continue reading The round display case