In search of story


September 5.19

There is yearning

in the looking up.

The unattainable,

marbled with secrets,


The gulls

in swooping arabesque

mock me with their indifference.

But still I reach.

There is that dream —

you know the one? —


I soar,

scared and joyful,

lifted not by wings


(I think)

 by self.



Thanks to photographer S.W. Berg for this beautiful capture.

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Connections: March 29

Vernon Hill - 12 - 2015-10The keeping room

old-fashioned place

where all were held

in homey embrace.

Gathering, warming

by hearth and by heart

not valued for size

but as cozy rampart.

Predictable, safe

filled with the known —

it’s in my head now;

I go there alone.

It isn’t this tidy


but rather like dreams


those who are now

and those who have been

and things that have rusted

and cracked and worn thin.

Things that I touched

with little girl fingers

kitchens and people

whose cinnamon lingers.

My keeping room holds them

for how long I can’t say

but I hold tight and hope

they won’t fade away.

Thanks again to the S.W. Berg Photo Archives

and its Vernon Hill Gallery.



Connections: January 6

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERA“Little Christmas” it’s called.

Epiphany, if you’d rather.

The star-studded story

that some would call blather.

Three men with gifts

on an uncertain road,

signs and dreams

their end and goad.

I recall it today

‘mid this tonnage of trammel

and I think next year

I will need my own camel.