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

Sutherland Springs, Texas

November 6, 2017

Bryan and Karla Holcombe, a guest preacher and his wife, are gone Their son Marc Daniel Holcombe, gone. Their pregnant daughter-in-law, Crystal Holcombe, gone. And four of their grandchildren — Noah, Emily, Megan and Greg — gone. Sutherland Springs, Texas “This is a mental health issue.” Well……duh “This is not a gun situation.” Wait….huh?   … Read More

That Day by the River

November 6, 2017

Photograph by James L. Snyder That Day by the River That day I fell in love by the river Dusk filtered through cottonwood trees All these years I’ll never forgive her For letting me see how it should be Every marriage by her is measured Every May frays and withers Oh how we lay untaken … Read More

2017 Los Angeles Dodgers – RIP

November 4, 2017

The 2017 Dodgers – RIP No team near where I was raised So you could choose to be loyal To the White Sox, Cubs or Braves Twins or the KC Royals   I was somewhat out of fashion (easy for a farm boy to do) These players did not have the passion Of those who … Read More