Monday, January 31, 2011

31. Signing off

Monthlong writing fling
ends like a dim memory
of Molloy crawling.

Sunday, January 30, 2011


What is it with Dripping Icicles
within reach
that impels their harvesting?

Saturday, January 29, 2011


Free food for volunteers:
        grim coffee, aged muffins,
redeemed by shining young eyes
at science trivia contest.

Friday, January 28, 2011


The Fallacy of the Daily Stone:
exalt the one
unfairly belittle the rest

  Each moment a beach stone
"Pick me!  Pick me!"

Thursday, January 27, 2011


How much thought
goes on behind this wary eye
in 3 milliseconds?

Wednesday, January 26, 2011


Condensation Polymer:
joins  double-male
making chains from fragile links.

see also Condensation Polymers poem by dale
and this video chemistry demonstration

Tuesday, January 25, 2011


Unfaded primary colors
after years of quiet bovine companionship,
Office scenery
as faithful as the Swiss friend
Who once liberated this poster for me.

Monday, January 24, 2011


Archaic interferometer ramp generator
      touchy piezo alignment
      fringe lock stabilization asymmetry
Divergence?  Optical flatness? Photodiode bandwidth?
Good enough for government work?

Sunday, January 23, 2011


Backyard lemons migrate east
No time to evolve thick winter fur 


Three hours vanish, traceless
blended into empty transit time
          substituting for what was once
          (and someday soon may again be)
          the voyage of a lifetime.

Friday, January 21, 2011


Waking itchy, tight skin over rosy cheekbones:
January sunburn in Paradise.


Not exactly an accidental observation, noted by attentive presence in the moment.
At few other places on Earth can one watch and listen to hundreds of northern elephant seals besides
Año Nuevo Point

Birthing, nursing, establishing mating dominance, but mostly conserving energy and lolling around on the beach like fat slugs on winter holidays.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011


Grass-fed pig ears
Corn-fed carrots
Biodynamic sea salt
Disconcerting sunshine
January in Oakland.


Five chairs against the walls turn an X-ray corridor
to a sparse waiting room, offering no more
to read than a single Harley Davidson magazine,
to the mild distress of our momentary companion patient,
evidently no biker.

"Here, try my Walrus,"
We discover another closeted Canadian.

Monday, January 17, 2011


Urban Redwood summit:
Canine micro-wilderness
Land-marked by urine,
Primate stone-scribbles
& Government graffiti.

Sunday, January 16, 2011


Oblivion, not!
Snipped, scattered.
Respectful return to woods
After Christmas cheer.

Saturday, January 15, 2011


Feedlot tree
Happy now, unsuspecting.
But come Christmas 2014
A flash of cheer, then oblivion.

Friday, January 14, 2011


Dunkel Test:
Knowing what went wrong,
{Malt, hops, yeast} palette might be transcended.
Resilient microbiology.

Thursday, January 13, 2011


Eyes squint shut against bitter windy glare,
a chill iodiferous swell
tells my nose where I am.

January beach stones

Small ones floating on quartz sand
enlaced in ice-sand.

Big ones not yet polished round
enfilmed by crystal sea-foam.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011


Enforced day of rest
Working up a sweat
'cleaning' the pristine snow.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011


Quadrature Fourier transform
  radio-frequency lock-in
  fiber laser frequency comb
  with yellow masking tape

Monday, January 10, 2011


Super Monday: back-to-work day,
expecting fires to put out.
Sure enough: even before the coffee's brewed,
insistent strobes and bells announce emergency.

Donning silly vest and hat,
Counting the morning people leaving,
Accounting for those not yet present,
Who won't need to chill outside while false alarm clears.

Coffee is ready, let the real fires begin.

Sunday, January 9, 2011


Six tidy piles of mail
   Decorate an otherwise uncluttered kitchen island,
   Count the days away from postal trivia,
   Evoke a smile for the thoughtful house-sitter.

Saturday, January 8, 2011


Noble moose, backwoods icon.
Beer label   well, ok.
But convict?
Zebra cross-dresser?
Cop jokes.

Friday, January 7, 2011


Deceptively calm and bright,
Chill winter climb alone up unfamiliar mountain trails.
Bootprints before me turn back or aside,
Until only  small-foot mammal tracks precede me to alpine ponds.

"Can't get lost here," I think,
as I retrace the woodland superhighway I had climbed with focus.
Free to wander in my mind now,
Adjust layers, notice the flurries, rejoin familiar footprints descending.
No drama after all.

Thursday, January 6, 2011


Long shadows

Anxious to get home before sundown

Wednesday, January 5, 2011


Beech wind chimes
above the tenor hemlock howl.

Return in silent snow


Monday, January 3, 2011


Valiant to try late what children master with no fear and soft bones.
When no more could go wrong,
   Renewed spirit,
   the Kindness of Strangers,
   and Chocolate align,
And the pizza wedge finally makes sense.

Brava, new skier.

Sunday, January 2, 2011


Expecting deep snow,
instead moist woodland fungus.
Can't ski here, but isn't it lovely?

Saturday, January 1, 2011


Hungry birds, where are you? 
I waited, you never called.
Snow melts, no urgency.

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