Wednesday, January 27, 2016


The Subject Tonight is Towel

The subject tonight is towel
And from tomorrow night
And days after
Dad has no better topic
For us to discuss
Until we all
Hang up our towel
After showering.


Walls

Some people love walls.
They keep in yelping dogs,
But never cats or birds.
No one sees them talking at night
Yet walls do talk – to each other.
They compare positions, compositions.
Are they stone, cement or brick?
When they need our attention
They crumble for repair.
In winter a storm will blow them over.
Make gaps for geckos and hens.
Can you see the creatures scurrying
Passing two abreast?
Robert Frost loved walls, and said
They make good neighbours
Especially if they talked,
Had one’s garden trimmed,
Kept apple trees to one side
Pine cones to the other.

Do you love walls?

Leaves

There are
So many leaves

Each hangs on a branch
In thousands of different ways
Your eyes will see differences

Infinite shapes: ovoid, needle
Heart-shaped, linear or pencil
You can draw them green in spring
Paint the tree from where they came
Crinkle a gum leaf for its scent

So many leaves
Unfolding and falling
Into your world

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