Category Archives: Poems

Most of these are “cheap poetry,” quick verses that range from haiku to doggerel and commemorate something observed or experienced. Some are longer and more serious; you’ll know them when you see them (I hope).


Cheap poetry, January–March

It was a slow winter for poetry, but here’s the roundup. If you’re new to this, read the Cheap Poetry Manifesto. The decorations are put away in pieces and in bitses but the holiday ain’t over ’til we eat the … Continue reading

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The angry poet lashes out at his solicitors on election day

Damn you, sirs! My vote is not my voice! —He cried in futile fury at his email— As if for quadrennia I silent slumbered And woke to make myself a number! A vote is a mere puny choice Of wan … Continue reading

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Cheap poetry, October 22–31

(Mental note:) To remember, on some soggy distant morn This peering over moss, together bent And an olive tendril in your gentle hand These autumn days flee into the bluing sky Like bubbles from the hands of laughing children, Their … Continue reading

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On fallen leaves

A carpet of decay, as finely woven As any ancient treasure dearly bought, And lovelier for being more ephemeral: All the artisans of Kublai Khan In all the workshops of a mythic continent Could not invent geometry so fair As … Continue reading

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Cheap poetry, October 4–16

Its ruby goblet dry, the summer flies On wings that beat the hastening pace of time But pauses here for one last sip. Remember Well this welcome banquet. Come again. You lie! My thoughts cannot be captured: They prowl the … Continue reading

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Summer is a most untidy guest

Summer is a most untidy guest, A vacation rental every landlord dreads: Crumbs all over the floor, attracting pests, Insects and mice of which we can’t be rid Without some icy extermination. Look At all this filth! This vile disgusting … Continue reading

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Cheap poetry, September 26–October 2

From his hands a melody unfolds That flits like butterflies through hastening crowd Seeking stillness on which to alight. Summer’s fire sags like an overripe peach And bursting on October’s horizon, splatters Cool evening across the sky.

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Cheap poetry, September 19–25

Words tumble over, clumping, clinging, To roasting pans, potato ricers, caught in the nap Of soft carpet, leaving me Speechless. Dawn opens slowly, with fog-cooled ardor: At the hinge of the day, you have to push harder.

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Cheap poetry, September 12-18

Some poems simply will not permit themselves to be shortened sufficiently for Twitter. They’ll go on Facebook (my feed there is public), and I’ll post them here on Tuesdays under a separate heading.

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Cheap poetry, September 4–11

Tomatoes wilt and poplars yellow Yet still the air is hot This isn’t autumn warm and mellow But hell, I think, we’ve got. A second thought occurs, as thoughts will do Hell wouldn’t have this much mildew. Autumn-clad, they gather … Continue reading

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