Sixteenth Saturday, two days late

Brant geese at pilings
Fattening for the trip north
Speed-eating that moss.

Sharp contrail in sky
Cuts across thin smudgy clouds —
Chalk line on blackboard.

Construction cranes still
Scattered on far shore’s skyline
At resting angles.


Fifteenth Saturday, six days late

Small swells lift water.
No ships disturb smooth surface.
High tide hides pilings.

Gray sky, gray river.
Flat light coaxes colors out.
Red brick, yellow stone.

Cormorant flies off
Leaving fishing ground behind,
Belly full, wings dry.

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Fourteenth Saturday, two days late, from LA

White hillside homes,
Long green columnar cedars,
Sharp in morning sun.

Tiny Tonka cars
Racing west, chasing shadows,
Vanish around curve.

Giant round-mouthed koi
Kaleidoscope through water
Turtle stares from rock.

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The Wizarding World of Harry Potter…

…from my hotel room window at sunrise.


Turtle and giant carp, LA

Just thought you might like to see what’s in the pool at the Hilton.


For the moment, a happy story

After these guys retire, it won’t be so happy, but maybe there’s someone young waiting in the wings to be trained for this job?

Thirteenth Saturday

Seagull circles, lands,
Pecks at food scrap, changes mind,
Floats on rippling waves.

Second gull soars in,
Tries same scrap. Same opinion.
Bobs beside his bud.

Big blackback swoops down.
Others lift off, flap away.
Empty kingdom’s his.

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4 Storytellers/4 Friends redux

In case you needed to know what we looked like. My stage debut! Or as close as I’ll get. I have no problem with the idea of reading my work, or of speaking to a crowd. No problema. But acting? Doing someone else’s words justice? Arrggh. My buddies made it easy, though.


4 Storytellers/4 Friends

Tomorrow night, Tues. the 22nd, at the Center for Fiction, 17 W. 47, NY NY. Joe Goodrich, Honor Molloy, Jonathan Santlofer, me. Free! We’re expecting you.


Twelfth Saturday

Pearl water reflects
Red rim surrounding far clock,
Palest blue of sky.

Looking for breakfast
Geese zig-zag through piling field.
Slow-motion pinball.

In sunlight spotlight
Tanker powers upriver.
Two white gulls follow.