Category Archives: Poems

Not in Words

Have you ever been angry with someone and held the grudge long enough so that when at last you were reconciled you were ashamed of your stubborness and grateful for forgiveness and, above all, relieved? These songs appear in an album released in 1993; Annie Herring’s All That I Am. I haven’t had it the whole time, but it’s been Read More

Dreaming Approximately

I was told to walk to the edge of the road, where the stripe was painted. I knew if I did they would shoot me, but I also knew that if I refused to obey they would shoot me. My time had come. I felt a powerful certainty. I walked without looking back. They shot me in the head and Read More

What ocean are we in now?

I’m bad at poetry. I bought Lissa Schneckenburger’s CD of the same name and began playing it frequently. One of the songs, “The Irish Girl,” has the chorus Let the wind blow high and low my boys let the seas run mountains high It is the seamen’s duty the helm to stand by After a month or two–maybe three–I realized Read More

The death of a prophet

O Father! Darkness all around Unrevealing night, And a tumult of orange fire A mother holds her children. This too will pass—but when? The man on a white horse Rides into the night. He must go first. Will he return? How long? O Father! The chariots of Israel And their horsemen! 11/1/2007