Red and orange embers sputtered as I put the campfire out. Autumn was already asleep in our dune-top canvas castle, with a mile or more of sandy beach all to ourselves. I folded up the rumpled blanket. We’d sleep under the stars again but for the lake’s cool misty morning awakening; we were going to … Continue reading Afterglow


She was smart, world wise and tired of games but wanting to fall in love all the same. You may guess her name; I met her after a hot hectic summer of fresh beginnings, at a reception for some cause or another. Not that the cause wasn’t important to me, at the time, but that … Continue reading Autumn

Old Friend

By the pond’s edgean acorn fallsrippling my reflectionbut we are meetingfor the first timeI say aloudwho was that strangerI say to nobodymy reflection returnswith something morethan I had beforean awareness of impermanenceawe of greater forcein a little acornthat can make medisappear and appear again. For Reena’s Xploration!!! Continue reading Old Friend

Midnight Rippling

Happiness is a momentary lack of concrete misfortune.Before a cafe’ table hours passed talking laughing.Remember a swirling black and white satiny dress.Mixed drinks over mysteries, our yet to be.Next I was awake at dark midnight starkness.An urgent panicked call from across the night.We were braver before each, or more ignorant.Homage due for earned moments off … Continue reading Midnight Rippling