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The flowers appear on the earth;
the time of the singing of birds is come,
and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land.
—from “The Song of Solomon”

When I was a child, I yearned to hear the voice of the turtle. Would it warble like a miniature French horn? Would it growl like a tiny tuba?

My mother, who knew something of the Bible, told me the turtle of the poem is actually a turtledove, yet still I wondered whether turtles — always silent (in my presence, at least) — ever make a sound.

daybreak by the pond . . .

Published in Miriam’s Well: Poetry, Land Art, and Beyond (, 8/10/17.

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Three cherita

don’t be mad!

a tentative smile
a shy glance

a tiny golden weed-flower
you offer
between finger and thumb


I was just a kid

I knew a lot less
than I thought I did

about life, and I spurned
love that did not suit me
to my later regret


in the deep of the night

I hear a cat
playing in the hall —

pouncing, pouncing,
and then bouncing down the stairs
a plastic ball

Published in Atlas Poetica (Issue 27), 3/29/17.

Republished in Miriam’s Well: Poetry, Land Art, and Beyond ( for National Poetry Month, 4/5/17

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When I was little, I asked my brother what was in the attic. “Nothing,” he said, and added that you had to keep your feet on the beams or you’d fall through the ceiling.

The only beams I knew of were sunbeams, which filtered through the air vents on each side of the house. I wondered how they enabled you to walk without falling through, and I worried about what would happen if the sun went behind a cloud while you were standing on them.

don’t look down!
this high-wire act
called life

Published in Miriam’s Well: Poetry, Land Art, and Beyond (, 1/25/17.

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