The Price We Pay

This week’s form challenge, posed by our friend Peter at dVerse Poets, asks us to write something with a “turn”. Most of us are familiar with this technique in sonnets, but I thought I’d try it with a Terza Rima.


The Price We Pay

The way we choose is often hard and long
but still we choose to go there anyway
and end up where there is no love or song

or love songs–no nice place to be, or stay.
Instead, we make our choice and stand our ground
and face the music, come whatever may.

There must be more than days without a sound.

dVerse Poets
Meeting The Bar
~ Middles and Turns ~


About Vanishment

I’m trying out a new (for me) form here for this week’s P/SU Scribble. Invented by fellow poet Candace Kubinec, It’s called a Waltmarie. I don’t know where the name came from, but the rules are these:

>> 10 lines
>> Even lines are two syllables in length, odd lines are longer (but no specific syllable count)
>> Even lines make their own mini-poem if read separately
>> No other rules for subject or rhymes.


About Vanishment

Everyone you know or will know is
going where you may not follow. They
unaccompanied by friends who care,
We may spy them, standing in the
but they are gone forever. Nothing else

Poets And Storytellers United
Weekly Scribble #58
~ Two Into One Will Go ~

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No Words…

My primary poetic inspiration / guru has died, one month short of his 102nd birthday. You can/should read his full obituary HERE. You’ll note that he was far more than merely a great writer, and that the planet has suffered a tremendous loss, humanitarian-wise.

Lawrence Ferlinghetti is the reason I started writing over a half-century ago.
About 7 tears ago, the (now-defunct0 online journal Clapboard House published my poem entitled “Grace” in which I enumerated all the many things I’m thankful for. (If interested, you can read it HERE). It concludes:

Thanks for the moon reflected in windshield
raindrops, and for midnight mushrooms,
Day-Glo under blacklight, mescaline boogie,
acid rock, and acid. But mostly thank you
for ’68: Danny Riley and his floral necktie
finishing up his student teaching,
smiling and handing me books, saying
Oh man, you should read some Ginsberg, or
Brautigan, maybe. No; here, I got it.
for you, Ferlinghetti.

Next month Jambu Press will be releasing a Ferlinghetti Tribute anthology that’s been in the works for quite a while now, and I’m greatly honored that one of my poems (“Candy”) was selected for inclusion. I‘ll fill you in on all of that later.

Meanwhile, I’m going to go re-read A Coney Island of the Mind for about the millionth time.




It’s Quadrille Monday again at the dVerse Poets Pub; time to create a 44-word poem using the word (or encompassing the concept of) “Gone”.
Thanks to De (aka whimsygizmo) for hosting and getting us started.



I looked out the window
and knew I couldn’t stay

I think she already knew
I thought I was already gone

Sometimes I only think
I know what I think I know

Several short decades later,
same window, same thought

No one’s going anywhere.

dVerse Poets Pub
Quadrille Monday #122
~ Going…Going… ~


Positive Numerology

A year from now will be the perfect 10:
Two, five times: 2.22.22.

But that’s still a year away, and
today, considerably less auspicious,
is only just another Monday.

But on the bright side, at least it’s
the last Monday of the month; the final
Monday of the worst month ever.

Even he can’t see into the future,
but he’s learned a few things from his past
and he knows from bitter experience
that it’s never wise to look forward to
anything, especially to a February.

Still, he’s got a good feeling about
all those twos strung together.

He’s counting the days.


Here’s one from the Works-in-Progress File, revised yet again and ready (I think) to be moved to the Almost-There File…



He wakes up briefly twice and 
both times he’s someone else.

First he’s top-hatted Charlie McCarthy,
the bow-tied and monocled loudmouth,
speedy comebacker to Edgar Bergan’s
rational and baritoned straight lines,
clearly begging for a well-deserved
but always undelivered face slap.

Later, though, he’s older than Edgar
ever thought of being; older than
The Sun King’s scepter, older than
The Sun King or The Sun King’s father;
older, even, than the sun itself, which
does not shine at 4 AM, will not shine
no matter how long he waits in bed.

He goes back to sleep. It’s not quite
four o’clock yet, but suddenly he’s…

Poets And Storytellers United
Writers Pantry #58 

poets and storytell

Some Things, Sometimes

Some things never stop.
Some things, stopped,
never get restarted. I’m
like some of those things.

Sometimes, started, I can’t stop.
Sometimes people yell at me,
“Shut the hell up, willya?”
They don’t know me.

Sometimes I just sit there,
silent, pretending to think.
Pretending. People think I’m
thinking. I don’t think I am.

Some things just repeat
over and over and over,
continue repeating forever.
Some poems never end.

dVerse Poets
Open Link Night #284



Temple Bell Failure

Temple Bell Failure

Whatever happens after the bell’s third chime,
if anything happens after the bell’s third chime,
is almost never what he’d come to expect,
almost never something that comes easily or
flows like it should after the third chime fades.

Whatever it is that used to hurt still hurts.
New hurts arise but old hurts never fade.
Nothing that’s new stays new forever, so
all new pains must do what all new pains
must do: age and fade but never disappear.

Temple wisdom fails. Chime after chime,
page after page after chapter after book,
no new wisdom makes itself known.

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