Ode to a Boulder


I wish I could just bulge up out of no where

Geez you’re so gutsy

You don’t apologize for existing

Or taking up too much space

Wouldn’t that be nice

 Because I really do think you’re beautiful

With your crags full of resurrection and neon lichen

With your asymmetrical sides – one smooth  – arced  –

One harsh and steep

And I really do like you just the way you are

Found Poetry: In a Tree

It’s a burden to desire
– yet sweet –

to follow the trail of fantasy
– and yearn –

from my depths just pointing me to a shape in the distance
to follow a trail of choices
– and transcend –

an identity I think I know
to trickle past a forest funk
to find the gold and green surprise
to duck past flowers
and creep towards crickets
and float on my merry way
and marvel – confused, unknowing –
and discover my bubbling identity
a source – a spring – deep within
stitched from ambition and smoke
I found it by following the scent deep
into the throat
of the woods


This is a poem made of “found words.” While other writers read poetry aloud, I wandered among them and wrote words that jumped out at me. From the list of random words, this poem was crafted.

Pollen makes my nose run for president

green pollen makes a haze in front of mountains

Photo: Jay Koeppel, cropped to emphasize the powdered green slime invading the valley


Pine Pollen,

You are yellow like mucous

                Insidious like bad ideas loudly stated over and

                        over until people take them as normal.

You sneak and leak into every pore and cranny.

Oh, pine pollen, you are magical

The way you sneak and creep

                 Into the tread of my bike tire

                        Into my bed at night

                                  Between my toes & up my nose

Why won’t you leave me alone?

You cling like a child

               You invade like a Hitchcock movie…what was it’s name …”The Birds?”

You make me cry

                 Make me question my fate

                        You’re worse than a presidential candidate.