Commentary

04/25/2017 - 12:00am
The image of a young girl                 emerges out of the casket… Up, out of the ground                 into—onto— The divine dancefloor,                 there to be approached By her young admirer         ... >>more
04/24/2017 - 12:32pm
A girl of all the beauty that he could see, Dancing with another,                 alone and waiting— It seemed—                 just for him. Twirling and turning to turn his head…. A rare, rare thing is first love —true love— And, should it come to you, it is your duty to live it! That’s what the smile in her... >>more
04/04/2017 - 3:40pm
So,why do I love you?         You're really not like me! You look different—you are different—         as anyone can see: Your skin's a different shade,         or your hair's in a different braid, Or your eyes and your face show that         you were born in a different place. We don't talk the same: We use different  ... >>more
03/19/2017 - 12:29pm
Death's not the victor, after all;           the equinox comes as a scold;  Life cracks the ground in shades of green,           throws off the lethargy of cold, And wakesand grows from fertile seeds,           aroused from dormant winter's night When dark was tantamount to death           and hope lay... >>more
02/13/2017 - 3:12pm
Living on the boarder between         Valentine Day and despair, Looking back, then on ahead,         always to find you there. Back to those old memories             too fond for me to lose, On to daily fantasies,         too many from which to choose. But here, still on the border,         I... >>more
12/13/2016 - 3:51pm
Dear father, please forgive the way    I’ve cursed and defied you, And that I have lacked the courage    to tell you what was true. The brutal way you taught us each,    your children, to be good, And why you seemed to hate us all,    we never understood. I’m speaking now about the pain    of welts that striped my back And all the times you slapped my face    when I was talking back; The promises you made to us…... >>more
12/13/2016 - 3:48pm
If man, as a species,    rises to the occasion And takes the heavens    by storm— If we triumph over every element    and elemental force That reality has contrived—    that endless universes Have sprawled beyond our    infinitesimal species’ consciousness— If then, in some eternal tomorrow,    and after we’ve learned All that there is to know,    we should turn, at last, Our spectacular... >>more
11/29/2016 - 2:29pm
It's morning, my grandchildren aren't up, yet,     and my daughter is bagging their lunch. How familiar is this pattern from generation     to generation of mothers in the crunch. I tear at those clear and painful memories     of my single mom struggling through. Twelve years of making brown-bag lunch     to save the cost and, somehow, make do. So much love in peanut butter and jelly     and apple slices,... >>more
11/01/2016 - 4:17pm
In 2012, I was initially invited by my neighbor, Bill Schultheiss — who went around the neighborhood dropping flyers in our mailboxes — to preview an early version of the proposed plan to Maryland Avenue. There were several neighbors at this initial meeting, and we were asked to uses stickers (red or green) to mark where we may have concerns with respect to the proposed changes. Needless to say, I ran out of red stickers. By the time of I learned of the latest redesign plan for the... >>more