Poetry Month In The Year 2022


For the past year (longer, if I'm truthful here) 

I've been mostly just scribbling, not much poetry, 

lots of anger, lots of anxiety, lots of swearing, 

lots of exclamation points, lots of hearts (for those 

I use many colors of pens), lots of loving and pride, 

lots of hate to be honest, lots of confusion, lots 

and lots and lots of stress (I mean lots), lots 

of writing down other people's poems, lots of headlines 

from the news, lots of garbled up trash (have you ever 

seen my handwriting?), lots that amounts to not much 

in lots of notebooks but it's April which is poetry month 

so here you have my confessional, carry on


HOME: A Virtual Exhibit


Hard to express the wonderfulness 

of this virtual exhibit on the topic of HOME 

& how happy I am to be a part of it with two poems,

“Maple & Moon” and “Generations.” 

Thank you, Forbes Library,

right around the corner from our new home. 

    HOME: A Virtual Exhibit 

by western Massachusetts artists and writers


Found Poem for 2022: Everyone Has An Opinion


I just know

people are tired

and the scarlet letter

    of this pandemic

                is the mask.

It may be painless,

it may be easy,

    but it’s inconvenient,

        it’s annoying,

        and it reminds us

        that we’re in 

    the middle of

  a pandemic.

*Quoting Rochelle Walensky, Director,

 US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,

 In the Bubble With Andy Slavitt podcast 2/21/22


P.S. Has she read The Scarlet Letter