Saturday, January 2, 2021


The orange I just


in the kitchen 

over the sink

and brought in here 

to my desk on a 

green plate 

under the light now

is more bright 

and gloriously

orange than

the colors on the dust jackets

right next to it or

the colors on the apps 

on the computer screen 

behind it.

Thursday, December 31, 2020



There was some New Year’s 

dance at

the high school in the next 

town over where

my girlfriend went.

I wound up going.

One of those

mirrored balls 

hung from the ceiling 

shining pieces of light

on the gym floor.

Tuesday, December 29, 2020



For Christmas 

I gave the person who

puts the Times

outside my morning door 


I waited inside  

until I heard the paper land.

I hurried into the hallway then

to find 

a short Latinx woman in 

jeans with her red 

beanie pulled down.

We’d never seen each other.

She was likely 

undocumented and shy and 

uncertain when I

came toward her with an envelope.

Sunday, December 27, 2020


In the car 

in Wyoming with

my granddaughters from school

the middle one

8 then

said, Pops, where

did you go to school?

At the Catholic school right across

from my house, I said.

What’s Catholic? she said.