Two Dozen African Girls

November 14, 2017

Photo: AFP Two Dozen African Girls Two dozen African girls Found floating in the sea We live in what kind of world That this is on page three? If this happened on the Hudson Or on Long Island Sound No story line above them Cameras all around We hear so much that distance Doesn’t matter … Read More

On This Day – November 15

November 14, 2017

On This Day – September 15 Cutters killed in Kansas, Capote writes in a style never seen before If he wrote today he’d use emojis To say “Hey everyone! Lock your doors!” It is a day that ended discrimination And Gypsies wept to hear the news From Heinrich Himmler (he got an ovation) “They are … Read More

The Life of a Leaf

November 14, 2017

The Life of a Leaf I don’t know why I stopped to stare freezing dusk in November wide white birch nearly bare a lone leaf above untethered   The air lilted it to the ground It landed where I would step I lost my will for homeward bound And stayed to pay final respects   … Read More

A Hillside Bare

November 13, 2017

A Hillside Bare New England November, no longer prey Tourists surrendered overrun by the gray The leaves were lovely and lifted the air But there’s something of comfort in a hillside bare The river’s less wild, an easier ambience Its job for awhile was posing for transients Now it just carries water, no putting on … Read More

The Miracle of Rubber Soul

November 10, 2017

30 Days!! By eleven November, deliver a record The Beatles’ contract tightly drawn Two albums a year In mid-October they came together They were fab but..come on! No pressure here   Thirty days, sixteen songs An album plus a forty-five Plus a Christmas tune for fans Great Britain Thirty days the race was on To … Read More

You are Very Musical

November 9, 2017

Tzipora Jochsberger, Founder of Jewish Arts School 1920-2017 Before action there are words Before words there is thought It won’t happen without a verb And just thinking leads to naught   Words can be the end itself And phrases can be passive But she heard a voice deeply felt And it saved her from the … Read More

Richard Gordon – Astronaut – 1929-2017

November 8, 2017

Richard Gordon – Astronaut – 1929-2017 My life was a blessed one: love glory and grace My life was the best one, well, for me in any case I sailed a rocket ship a chasm safely crossed again earthly bonds slip and I have one final thought: I never walked on the moon It’s just … Read More

November 8 – On This Day

November 7, 2017

  November 8 – On this Day It’s lucky we learned from history That a country can be misled And a man cloaked in mystery Can turn the rivers red Montezuma warmly welcomed The Spaniard Hernan Cortes A God as far as they could tell As he marked the Aztecs  for death And that is … Read More