Sediment and rings

Sediment and rings

I wonder how our rivers will record this volatile year. What stories will they tell in the sediment they leave behind? Does the 2020 moon wax in sympathy, or wane in dismay? Will the stressed roots of this year's trees grow deeper, will their acorns offer hope? Do the tides of 2020 hurry out and [...]

Autumn Love

Autumn Love

Autumn loveThe sun dances merrily in an October skyGiddy with pride at what it has wrought.This is the season of love,Harvest time and the trees rejoiceSwirling ruby red crinolines,tucking golden pocket squares into puffed chestsand straightening tangerine ties.Sing then the glories of God’s magic paintbrushAnd the splendid light it spreads over fields, rivers, vines, orchards, [...]

In honor of real words and their ambassador, Ellen Kort

On Sunday, Molly and I took a moment from our chaotic world of tweets and texts and celebrated real words. Our hosts included some of today's finest poets, because that's the way we roll here in Appleton, home of Wisconsin's first poet laureate Ellen Kort. We sat in on a poetry reading as part of the [...]