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

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

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

November 4 – On This Day

November 3, 2017

November 4 – On This Day Allende elected free and fair Marx makes a mark in Latin America The CIA gets him out of there Democracy can embarrass us   The start of the hostage crisis   The logical conclusion We back the Shah and the price is Radical retribution   One year later, Reagan’s … Read More

Cinnamon Rolls and Butter

November 2, 2017

Cinnamon Rolls and Butter I am here to extol my sinful lover: Cinnamon rolls with a little bit of butter I know “a little bit” is a relative term But I just can’t quit because I’ve learned That if you had a mother somewhat withholding And you wished for another a little less scolding Accept … Read More

September 22 – On This Day

September 22, 2017

September 22 – On This Day The sun shines directly on the equator A balance of dark and light The inexorable slide to the nadir Begins in earnest tonight Every evening light retreats As dark seeks to rule the day And then on the very brink of defeat The sun shifts back our way We … Read More

September 21 – On This Day

September 21, 2017

September 21 – On This Day Benedict Arnold committed treason (that was wrong back in the day) He felt he had a pretty good reason: “Theater” shouldn’t be spelled that way Burgundy changes sides in the “Hundred Years’ War”: “It’s been eighty years, let’s try a new plan!” Some must have forgotten what they were … Read More

September 15 – On This Day

September 15, 2017

September 15 – On This Day It’s the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows Mary’s sacred day for Christians But since the morning when the Czar rose Our Lady is Hillary Clinton The first public school is founded in Europe Society starts a new chapter Unexpected expenses are bound to turn up; the first bake … Read More