Tuesday, September 24, 2013


  This is very loosely inspired by Walden Pond, near Concord, Massachusetts. The place created here for reflection and as a metaphor for th......

Wednesday, September 4, 2013


  Two of my wife’s uncles have recently passed away. The first after suffering a series of debilitating strokes, the first of which occurre......

Tuesday, August 20, 2013


  Imagery and metaphor do not express ideas and emotion; they evoke ideas and emotion. What's interesting about this is that those who ......
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Thursday, August 8, 2013


  There is a women's Christian group that meets at 7pm on Tuesdays at one of the coffeehouses I hang out at. They usually gather round ......

Sunday, July 21, 2013


  This one is for a kid who is remarkably lazy and unmotivated. Some people seem to believe that "promise" means "promised&q......
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Monday, July 15, 2013


  My favorite metaphors are the ones that don't tell you what they are. I know what this metaphor is, but would it really help you to a......
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Saturday, July 6, 2013


  I'm realizing that writing free verse is an integral part of my writing structured verse. In fact, I'm noticing that when I fail ......
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Thursday, June 20, 2013


  I once came across a poem by Robert Service titled "A Hero" that really struck me. While in that poem the subject resolves to k......
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Wednesday, June 5, 2013


  They won't always inspire confidence when it comes time to send them out into the community, but you have to hope for the best and wi......

Wednesday, May 15, 2013


  I would say that my serious interest in poetry as a writer began in July of 2001. For this is when I embarked upon putting together a sev......
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Tuesday, May 7, 2013


  This is written for someone who stumbled some years ago. The fall was severe enough that there was the very real possibility of never bei......
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Friday, April 26, 2013


  When I play with a poetic form that I want get to know for its own sake and hopefully gain some insights from, I'll often first explo......

Wednesday, April 17, 2013


  Hermenegilda Cabrera, lovingly called Tiya Emmy by nearly everyone who knew her, passed away during the first week of March this year. Sh......

Saturday, March 30, 2013


  Last year during advent I joined my wife at mass several mornings in a row at Saint Thomas Aquinas Cathedral—downtown Reno—before taking ......
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Thursday, March 21, 2013


  My "shift partner", as they're called where I now work, is an avid boulder climber. Now, these aren't the boulders that......
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Thursday, February 21, 2013


  One more in time for the second anniversary of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan. There's not much more to say. Aftermath ......
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Thursday, February 7, 2013


  The first four lines came to me in a flash the same day I learned of the terrible destruction and loss of life wrought in Japan on March ......

Wednesday, January 23, 2013


  This, my fifth synthetic ode, has proven itself a difficult thing to write. I'm not really sure why. I think maybe it has to do with ......

Sunday, January 20, 2013


  This somewhat tells the story of a poem I started in December of 2010, which may now be close to completion. I was only able to get movi......
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