Cooking for the Queen

Poetry, Uncategorized

In the kitchen I am always cooking for the queen
She will notice the singe in my butter
She will see the specks of herb among the tomato
And think the beans over cooked –

But she will not know the way the rosemary prickled my palms or the
Sting of that slipped knife under my skin –
The tang of that old
Memory that hovered in the steam
As I stirred
And stirred
My secret smile

I will watch carefully now each of the corners
Of her

Mother’s Milk

Poetry, Uncategorized

It’s in everything I give you – the world.
I quaver, finding the right note
Sliding treble then flat
Voice rising up and grabbing at constellations then falling to the
Midnight zone
Out there beyond the breakers where the water darkens as if it recognizes the night
And toxic stars can’t shed their dust
On you
Singing up
Darkness or that pitch of
On water
Air and fabric
Scape of sound
Frantic over every molecule of you
Just in case what poisoned me
Will poison everything.

These voices I use for you
Might kill you, too.


Poetry, Uncategorized

He won’t believe me,

this boy who saw glass 

melted flame hot 

spun stretched and blown –

from sand.


All those fish that swam over it

lived among it, died with it between their teeth

so we make windows, bottles, lenses 

from opaque time.


Out there, the sea keeps kneading it 

even without earshot

and spreading it out

that sea so clear 

it gifts it name to glass.


For the children, really

– like this unbeliever –

so they can see.

Washing in winter


And sometimes – I will tell you – I sat and waited for the washing to dry

in the last slit of sunlight

before the cold comes cramping down

birds go mad with last calls

the neighborhood is magnified

(a child sings and slams a door and the song stops sudden:

not so the dogs who take the opportunity

to stretch their voices out to moonrise)

and the frost whores all over everything –

leaving thrills of ice like algal bloom on the sheets, on the hedges and fences and flowers

and on the shoes left on our window sill.

All our love, my dear and small footprints in your own morning.

May the birds call out your name and all your dogs come home.