Spring begins
New leaves bud
New greens show
No flowers yet
Just many soft shades of green
Awaken my eyes and soul

Fall ends
Old leaves fall
Fall colors fade
Most flowers gone
Green, gold, red, orange, gray, brown
Caress my eyes and soul

The Inconvenient I

She will come, I
to my deathbed
once she knows I
cannot talk

She will cry, hold my
and whisper
once more with feeling
I love you

And she will mean it
she can love the you
just not the I

So she will wait
the inconvenient I

America the Pitiful

(A ditty sung to the tune, of course, of America the Beautiful)

Oh, pitiful for ignorance
For endless waves of doubts
For purple anger’s truculence
And foolish people’s shouts
America! America!
God shed his grace on thee,
And stop the dumb lest we succumb
From sea to shining sea.

Requiescat In Profugus

Curiouser and curiouser, isn’t it
How everywhere we see nature reviving
As we humans abide in restless peace

Decaying bodies rest in trucks
Outside a Brooklyn funeral home
While the air clears of smog
In cities throughout the world

Empty planes rest on tarmac
In nearly abandoned airports
While dolphins and fish swim
In cleaner Venetian canals

Basketball nets rested slack
Throughout this new March madness
While a fox, not of the human variety
Investigates Downing Street

Shopkeepers and schoolchildren rest at home
Perhaps not content, but in something like stillness
While an elk peers in the window
Of a closed shop in Banff

We humans may rest only restlessly
And, for some, resentfully
But much else in the world
Seems to rest in new-found peace.

If only we could learn the secret
If only we did not need death
To teach us how to
Requiescat in pace