Great Horned Hoot Haiku


Great Horned Hoot Haiku 

He wants to play fetch.
I want to do my writing – 
write a bit, throw ball…..
write a bit, throw ball….. 
Ollie’s morning exercise: 
more fun than my pen!
Boo Radley jumps in 
bully playmate for Ollie 
…write a bit, throw ball….
Ollie spies my straw- 
a protein shake conduit-
takes off to chew it….
Sneaky Schnoodle thief!
Fitz observes, licking his paws 
from his pillow perch 
I often wonder 
where they would be now if we 
hadn’t rescued them. 
The Great Horned Owl hoots 
from the tall pines just outside. 🦉  
I shutter to think. 

🔥 Hot Flash Hell Haiku 🔥


🔥  Hot Flash Hell Haiku 🔥 

Hormonal headache 

Flaring up at 4 a.m.

Taunting the Synthroid
Puddle of head sweat 
Dripping onto soggy sheets
MoRnInG HoT fLaSh HeLL 🔥  
Underwear binding
Evil, disloyal traitors
Unforgiving fiends 
Leg pillow, ice fan
Trusted friends of menopause
Welcome, mid-fifties! 

Nature Watching


Woodpecker pecking

Dog barking

Crickets chirping
Yellow butterfly flitting 
Plane passing 
Cicadas trilling
Bee buzzing 
Squirrel skittering
Bird scolding
Feather floating 
Nature watching 

Start the Fun!

Start the Fun! 

If we Christmas shop

for two a month starting now,

the fun lasts longer! 
four boys and a girl
our grandsons and granddaughter –
what joy they bring us! 
the excitement in 
their eyes when they open gifts 
melts our Christmas hearts! 




walking three leashed dogs 

in this cool, crisp morning air 

they’re weaving a web 

Autumn Pantoum 🍂

Autumn Pantoum 🍂 

pumpkin bread with spiced latte 
burning leaves on chilling breeze 
drive the weight of stress away 
snuggle season, sure to please 
burning leaves on chilling breeze 
woolen scarves top sherpa throws snuggle season, sure to please 
holding hands by fireside toes 
woolen scarves top sherpa throws 
chili pots, football scoreboards 
holding hands by fireside toes 
potted mums in twisted gourds 
chili pots, football scoreboards 
blessed season, won’t you stay? 
potted mums in twisted gourds 
pumpkin bread with spiced latte




the first day of fall

arrived late last night after

washing summer out 

Deep Clean Exhaustion

Deep Clean Exhaustion 

Windex the windows 
   Inside, out 
Tilex tiles
   including grout 
Murphy’s the baseboards
   and the doors 
   the wooden floors
Webster ceilings, walls
and fans
Load dishwasher
Scrub the pans
Vacuum rugs
   downstairs and up 
Change the sheets 
   make pillows fluff
Sweep the porches 
   front and back 
Scour the toilets 
   take out trash 
Shine the counters 
   Dust the chests 
Then sit down 
   and take a rest! 

The Best Reason


The Best Reason

you are the one 
whose picture I keep pinned 
above my desk 
for days that I wonder
why I do this 

you were my best reason
for teaching  
1999: new student
bruised arms, far too thin
you stood 
in my classroom doorway 
with your grandmother 
holding her hand 

after she left school
you had a complete meltdown
began breaking pencils 
in triads with your bare hands 

so many broken pencils
scattered across the floor 

your speech was slurred 
you had tell-tale tics
I wondered 
about your story 
learned your grandmother 
was your angel 
a savior who stepped 
in and saved your life 
because daddy was gone and
mama had beaten your ears 
so severely with shoes 
that you could barely hear 

when I spoke 
you tilted your head 
at a sideways angle 
to put your one able ear 
in position to listen 

you took most of your lunch 
to your backpack 
to share with your siblings 
there wasn’t much 
with six of you 

I knew you were sharing 
even hungry yourself
I started slipping in extras 
for you to find later 

you were a child 
ahead of your years 
knew things your peers did not 
were the smartest student 
in the class 
Principal’s Honor Roll 
the kid in Coke bottle glasses 
who couldn’t hear 
whose smile brought tears 

and still does
when I look at that picture
of you and your grandma
smiling in the cafeteria
on Math Night 

you are the best reason 
that I kept teaching