May 23, 2019


Happy as a clam
very very happy happy
happy together
more happy alone
a happy medium, a happy seance, a troubled spirit
spirits always seem to be troubled for some reason
many happy returns
happy beginnings happy endings
sadly, life has few of those
happy to meet you—now get lost
happy days are here again
the skies above are clear again
as the old song goes
happy housewife happy as a lark
happy hippie in the park
the happy warrior loves war I do love it so he says
the happy camper in the happy hunting ground
hitting the happy juice
more than happy to share
happy new year too drunk to care
meet the new year—same as the old year
just take your happy pill
Hey Mr. Happy Go Lucky
who calls no man happy until the day he dies

May 21, 2019

Northern Lights of Norway

all the voices in my head
were telling me different things
I didn't know which one to listen to
they all whispered in my ear
their side of the story
I couldn’t quite grasp the language
but the colors around me…
I understood them perfectly
red, blue, green
more green, yellow, red again…
a spectacular spectrum
painters palette high above
peaceful reflection
sensory overload in a good way
streaks of color into my brain
watercolors left out in the rain
running in the sky
dripping on my soul
northern lights
northern nights
I’m up here in my twilight
with my cognac resting on some pine needles
under a big ol’ Norwegian pine

May 19, 2019

Sand Hill Crane

the other day I was headed to 

work when I saw a sand hill crane

hooting and hollering by the side of the road

in the road was its dead partner

that some dumb bastard had hit

sand hill cranes are fiercely loyal to their mate

and it made me truly sad this one had lost

its mate for life—laying dead in the road

I didn't stop to help because there

wasn't anything I could do anyway

and I didn't dare be two seconds late

to my piece of crap job

or they'd write me up (again)

maybe he or she went to and found somebody else

maybe I should try it

the only women I meet

have more baggage than United Airlines

or have been through the proverbial ringer

or are just plain crazy

or a combination of all three