Manna

Originally written May 12, 2019. #108. The ducks that nest and swim upon the pond Don’t think about the source of daily bread. They hunt and peck and search the ground instead. They do not think of what goes on

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Produce Aisle

Today’s poem is ancient—by which I mean, I wrote it around 2002 or 2003—but I still have a certain fondness for it. The thing about grocery stores is that sometimes you can wind up inadvertently following someone around the store

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Miles, Priscilla, John

At one point, I toyed with the idea of writing a reflective poem on everything I read. That idea lasted precisely long enough to read The Courtship of Miles Standish and resulted in this poem. At the risk of spoiling a

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The Haunted Mill in Dundee, Michigan

One sunny November Sunday, as I was driving back from a weekend with friends, I made the spontaneous decision to stop at a historical park on my route. Specifically, I was looking for the site of a battle from the

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Sonnet Sunday 104: Reflections from a Dock in Jacksonville, Florida

(Wow, two years of these!) Today’s sonnet is pretty self-explanatory, and the title explains pretty much everything you need to know about the context. The only thing I’ll add is that the lump referenced was neither alligator nor rock. I

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Sonnet Sunday 103: Customer Service

By the time this is published, I should be back from a lovely vacation… so what better poem to publish than one about job stress? Not my own job stress, fortunately. I haven’t had to be on the phone with

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Sonnet Sunday 102: Days of the Weak

Today’s sonnet was in response to a November Poem a Day prompt on “Days of the Week.” More than that, though, it’s a reflection of watching friends on social media deal with invisible illnesses and stereotypes. Days of the Weak

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Sonnet Sunday 101: Fortune Favors the Bold (Part 2)

This is the thematic sequel to last week’s sonnet. I wrote it two years later, for the November poetry prompt “Brave.” As such, it wasn’t written for any specific incident, but it is a reflection of how I’ve become a bit

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Sonnet Sunday 100: Fear of Consequence (Part 1)

I’m publishing this as “Part 1” of a thematic two-parter. They weren’t written to go together; in fact, there were almost two full years between them. But thematically they seem to work well together. According to the definitive authorities of

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Sonnet Sunday 99: Psalm 127

Before I get to today’s sonnet, a quick announcement: I’m in an online poetry group, and we just produced our first chapbook! You can download it for free on Noisetrade. (Any monetary donations will be given to the Rabbit Room.)

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