This picture was taking during a field trip to the Calvert Marine Museum in Solomon’s Island, Maryland in the 1990s.

Bits of imagery

Captured by a camera




As the window distorted

What was actually there.



Finally—A Bite

It’s been a long time

Since I caught someone’s eye

We don’t exchange glances

As we pass by

Even the mosquitoes

Don’t  touch my arm

Will sipping my blood

Cause them some harm?

But finally last night

Someone felt an attraction

A mosquito bite left

Me an itchy reaction.









National Limerick Day–May 12

Edward Lear 1867Observed annually on May 12, National Limerick Day celebrates the birthday of English artist, illustrator, author and poet Edward Lear (May 12, 1812 – Jan. 29, 1888). Lear is known mostly for his literary nonsense in poetry, prose and limericks.

There once was a girl from Nantucket
Who carried her lunch in a bucket
Her biscuit’s so hard, it bounced more than a yard
And so she decided to chuck it.

Example of Edward Lear’s Limericks.  He is probably best known for the Owl and the Pussycat

There was an Old Man with a beard,
Who said, “It is just as I feared!—
Two Owls and a Hen, four Larks and a Wren,
Have all built their nests in my beard.

I Felt Your Presence

hair spread on a mattress

I felt your presence last night.

The soundwaves of your quiet breath

Lapped at the cove of my ear.

Your hand softly brushed across

the strands of my hair

Fanned  across the pillow.

I feigned sleep

Trying hard to recall a Bosnian proverb

I wanted to include in a poem.

When I awoke this morning,

I realized that there was no  Bosnian proverb.

You were over one hundred miles away.

Only the memory of

Your hand stroking my hair was real.

Poem in Your Pocket Day–April 18

Scanned DocumentPoem in Your Pocket Day 2019 is on April 18 and is part of National Poetry Month. On this day, select a poem, carry it with you, and share it with others at schools, bookstores, libraries, parks, workplaces, street corners, and on social media using the hashtag #pocketpoem.

What kind of poem will you carry?  Will it be something you wrote or a long time favorite?

Last year the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library left small rolled cylinders containing poems for people to in Charlottesville, Albemarle, Nelson, Greene, and Louisa Counties on April 26.   They even left rolls for discovering around the Downtown Mall. This year they are doing it on April 25

Stop by your local library branch and pick out a gift-wrapped poem to carry in your pocket. Unwrap it and read it to yourself, share with someone close, or just tuck it in your pocket for a rainy day.

How will you celebrate the day?