Was I snoring?
You bet I was…
awakened mouth was sawdust dry.
Swigging water barely touched
tattered taste buds and air dried teeth.
The nap… yesterday’s dust created a profound
headache with accompanied sinus congestion.
Picking out the chunks of eye crusted grit,
heavy lids still desired to close out the remaining day.
Doorbell rings, of course, hair at odds and pillow
creased face greets the neighbor…
Oh, I woke you again today. I have poor timing….




Rain and morning mist caused his surface

to crust losing its former glory of spit and polish.

Gallons of oil were needed to prevent further

acumination of the rampant red oxide corrosion.

This tree creature sank slowly into the earth;

nothing was left but his rusted metal head…

he watched the seasons; he listed to woodland

creatures and mother nature’s storms.

The last of his kind, he didn’t worry about

the things he could not change…




Junk  Drawer

Scrap paper filled a kitchen drawer;

a rat’s nest of neatly written words

on envelopes and other correspondence.

Once on page, they weren’t important

enough to keep tidy and organized.

They just were…

over flowing, crumpled, left behind.



Two diamond rings locked
in a safety deposit box.

Preferring agate and silver, she
didn’t wear diamonds or gold.
After her mother’s cremation,
her dad slipped her the worn
wedding band and engagement ring.
Couldn’t see destroying them.

After her favorite Aunt passed away,
a package arrived from her favorite uncle.
The engagement ring – another diamond…
both rings worn for over fifty years.
With all that stored emotion,
they’re hard to hold…


Feeling like an intruder,

she slipped quietly through life.

Nothing special, she was a plain

girl grown into a plain woman.

Barely making any noise, she walked

with balanced tread; always in sneakers

made for Ninja stealth movement.

With no reason to shine, time was

faded to invisible; she desired

to be left alone and she was…



Sorting through jewelry boxes, she found
the white and yellow gold love knot ring.
Right out of college – no possibilities and
so depressed wedding after wedding;
friend after friend tying their love knots.

Suicidal thoughts began but no one knew.
Then he came into her picture; sharing
rides to work soon became more than rides.

Sneaking off for rendezvous, a married lover…
she remembered how stupidly proud she had been.
Coming to her senses, she sent him away; swirling
the twisted band, she wondered was he still alive?