Enlightenment (Ode to Sir Thomas Browne)

Six editions, Whilst you lived! A scientist In your day,   (Or, Natural Philosopher,) Condemning Vulgar Errors:   You showed a toad Would eat a spider, Rather than duel In poisons;   You cast doubt On the unicorn, Hermaphroditic Hare;   You coined exotic Words from Latin: Called things What they were.   So modern…

The Seed Leaf (Poem)

Once, a plant in my garden Had your name on it. An ordinary plant, Philodendron or some such. My children grew alongside And tended it. My first even learned its name, Its real name, Its Latin name.   It gradually was crowded out, By roses with spike-thorns, and gingers, By lilies, rain- and toad-, By…

But You (Poem)

Slumming it With you, my friend, Keeping me laughing, Extreme in all things;   Swinging purses, Rocking our blue jeans, Dollar pitchers, Alley door waiting.   Across the parking lot— Slightly slick— We prance with youth, Toward the smoky dive,   When the wind whips by, Snagging our satchels. Mine drifts on the breeze And…

Mayday (to the tune of Baa Baa Black Sheep) (poem)

Ha ha, Florida, What’s that in your pool? Tree limbs, tree limbs, Thirty bags full.   Ten from the windstorm, Ten from the rain, Ten from the flooding— Look how high it came!   Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, too, Blown and washed away, Nothing left for you.   Life without water Or electric lights, Generators…