Mountain West Stair Lift

He was supposed to come at eight

But … he’s late

Wonder what excuse it will be this time

Broken van? Bad directions? Illness all of a sudden?

Now off to Metzger’s to buy himself a hacksaw

Really it’s the last straw

Yesterday his tape measure broke

(Only 20 years old)

If I should be so bold

To say, he did a wonderful job

The lifts carry precious cargo

Up and down

This beautiful home


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Threads of experience 

Interconnected slivers  

Glide and ripple  

Along life’s rivers 

Faith in my loving Creator 

Hope profoundly deep 

Dedication at thirteen 

A promise I strive to keep 

Peaks and valleys  

Punctuated with golds 

Triumphs and disappointments 

Layered, as life unfolds 

Family ties vary greatly  

Some tenacious, some not so strong 

With those with whom we marry  

To those to whom we belong 

Stepdads and moms 

Brothers, sisters, nieces 

Merging together gamely 

But then torn to pieces 

Human relations 

Consistently ranging 

Ruptured then mended 

Invariably messy, ever changing 

Dark emotion buried  

Stiffly knotted, tied ever so tight 

Deep blue in the warp string 

Holding on with all its might 

Bible study sessions 

Foreign language lessons 

Gorgeous shoe obsessions 

Too many possessions 

Lasagna making 

Chicken baking 

Classes taking 

Ground breaking 

Built our house 

Hubby and me 

Horizontal siding 

Purple salvia, green tree 

Stay up too late 

Sleep less than ideal 

Please don’t berate 

How unraveled I feel 

Body image is freckly pale 

Thick, thin, then thicker still 

Volume undulating like ocean waves 

Tides rising against my will 

Teaching, learning 

Reaching, yearning 

Sliver strands brush dishwater blond 

Wrinkles, crinkles, not so fond 

Mostly busy 

Doing two things at once 

Health is slipping  

Not so much bounce 

Some threads are sad and sickly 

Others richly full 

Some parts exciting 

Others exceedingly dull 

Colors vivid 

Colors dark 

Sometimes faded 

Yet has that spark 

Book Readings and Signings

National Poetry Month Celebration at San Mateo Public Library 4-8-22

Book Sale and Signing for National Poetry Month Celebration
Friday, April 8, 2022
Main Library, Oak Room
4:30 PM 

I’ll be reading some of my poems and selling my book, Spring, coming up April 8, 2022.

Please join us for a book sale and signing before the National Poetry Month Celebration. Books by the featured poets will be available starting at 4:30pm on April 8th.

Featured Poets: San Mateo County Poet Laureate Aileen Cassinetto, Terry Adams, Sharon Coleman, Joe Cottonwood, Hilary Cruz, Paul Fericano, Jeannine Gerkman, San Mateo County Poet Laureate Emerita Caroline Goodwin, Jasmeen Karan, Belmont Poet Laureate Monica Korde, Kevin Madrigal, Diane Lee Moomey, Tony Press, Belmont Poet Laureate Emerita Jacki Rigoni & San Mateo County Poet Laureate Emerita Lisa Rosenberg.




Oceans of petals gently lap manicured lawns. Nodding and dancing to an unseen conductor.

Plump blossoms ripple and dip. Deep purple, red and white stripe, foamy pink, blinding yellow, rich tangerine, shy crimson and pearly white.

Soft sunlight catches their opalescence as they shimmer and sway.

Some in pots, some in beds. All waving merrily. Stretching to the sky.



Shimmering color trembles in clear sunlight, bright hands waving vigorously.

Acorns plummet onto littered lawns, attracting greedy squirrels and blue jays.

Sleek flames of crimson, tangerine and lemon leap their fetters; gliding in translucent swirls, sailing free.

Plump persimmons glow on skinny branches, shiny orbs of sweetness.

Spiders spin with increasing rapidity.

Fall is here.


Summer Rain

Red wine in jam jars

Gust of rain surprises

Quick hustle for cover

Barbeque interrupted

Fat drops on slick railings

Porch boards creak, chairs squeak

Sultry has turned chilly

Sundress clings to wet skin

Sudden shivers

Sweaters are found

Children wrapped in towels

Conversations resumed

Hot seeping through paper plates on laps

Youngsters chase and squeal

Lazy drip drip from the eaves

Wet roses give up their scent

As do jasmine and sweet peas

Mingle their perfume with wood smoke

And damp grass

Contented, sated, barely moving

Gentle languor sustained

As sun sets, stars shine

And fireflies take over