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This is the archive of my publicly published writing from 2023 — the good, the bad, the active and the retired.  —tg

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reading in my cozy bed, ridiculously late
words begin to slur and rhymes, to blear
my eyelids fight me — like a heavyweight
goodnight, sweet sleepy zzzzzhakespeare

      TITLE:  Zzzzzhakespeare
      DATE:  2023 Jan 13

phoenix monsoon storm
haboob isn't dirty word
it is dusty though

      TITLE:  Writing up a storm
      DATE:  2023 Jul 26
      LOCATION:  PҺoenᎥᶍ ArᎥɀønα
      NOTES:  silly summer senryu

the wisdom of  age
takes root to blossom
in crevices of the brain
emptied by letting go

      TITLE:  Release
      DATE:  2023 Nov 24

pick out your fears
worries, anger, and hate
from the bag of stones you carry
and love, find yourself lifted by
the wings of featherweight faith

      TITLE:  Carrying
      DATE:  2023 Sep 15

bee-buzzed blooms
wilt white into winter —

hellish heavy heat
silently softens to snow —

lovely lustrous leaves
fall freckled in frost —

senescent slanting sun
solstices southward —

the young year yules
dizzily debarks december

      TITLE:  Whirlwind
      DATE:  2023 Dec 4

At 2 pm, doves coo
an afternoon lullaby —

drowsy ticking
drowns out work —

the clock’s face
and leaden hands
fall napping into
the hour’s warm lap —

minutes nod off and
sleepy seconds snore
digesting noon away —

time teeters —
its breathing slows
weighed down by
heavy parts of day —

      TITLE:  Lapse
      DATE:  2023 Dec 11

the world we abuse
roasting us like marshmallows
in a fire we lit

      TITLE:  Inflame
      DATE:  2023 Jul 22
      LOCATION:  PҺoenᎥᶍ ArᎥɀønα
      NOTES:  climate change senryu

our apocalypse
once in ultra slow motion
now on fast forward

      TITLE:  Accelerant
      DATE:  2023 Jul 13
      LOCATION:  PҺoenᎥᶍ ArᎥɀønα
      NOTES:  climate change senryu

watching birds splash in
morning-after rain puddles
cleanses my spirit

      TITLE:  Finally a bath!
      DATE:  2023 Jul 27
      LOCATION:  PҺoenᎥᶍ ArᎥɀønα

shards of memory
broken emotions —

is the fossil
of childhood —

growing up
many things —

      TITLE:  Fractal
      DATE:  2023 Jun 23

the walls of my prison crumble
as the walls of my castle appear

      TITLE:  49–17/20
      DATE:  2023 Sep 2

Birds in the springtime —
daredevilish in their quest
songful in their survival —
weightless wings — heavy risk

      TITLE:  Fell swoop
      DATE:  2023 Mar 25
      LOCATION:  PҺoenᎥᶍ ArᎥɀønα

my willpower has become
a fraction of what it was—
my sweet tooth is now
much greater than my resolve—
and the laboratory reports
that my blood glucose
no longer measures in
milligrams per deciliter—
but in sugar cubes squared

      TITLE:  Sugar shock
      DATE:  2023 Mar 26
      LOCATION:  PҺoenᎥᶍ ArᎥɀønα

how the nighttime looks
during a power outage
is how night should look

      TITLE:  Dark thoughts
      DATE:  2023 Aug 31
      LOCATION:  PҺoenᎥᶍ ArᎥɀønα
      NOTES:  light pollution senryu

freed pubescent girl
finally crawls out of time
into middle age

      TITLE:  Perimenopause
      DATE:  2023 Jul 30
      AGE:  forty-nine
      NOTES:  womanhood senryu

autumn leaves rustle
the tension out of me
on pleasant breezy days
sunlit gentle tree, i am
a ragdoll under your sway

      TITLE:  Entranced
      DATE:  2023 Aug 1
      LOCATION:  PҺoenᎥᶍ ArᎥɀønα

watching over the shoulder of patience
studying how he does his work

      TITLE:  Re-learning at 49
      DATE:  2023 Sep 3

in this day and age
dealing with health insurance
worst disease of all

      TITLE:  $ick
      DATE:  2023 Jan 19
      NOTES:  “All complaints about life today will be ignored unless they are submitted in the format of elegant haiku poetry.” —Dr. SunWolf

God completed my heart
then you finished it —
mortal combat style

      SOURCE:  freewriting typewriter poem
      DATE:  2023 Mar 26

princess lightning reigned
it was a dark and stormy
knight to fall in love

      TITLE:  Storm story
      DATE:  2023 Jul 30
      LOCATION:  PҺoenᎥᶍ ArᎥɀønα
      NOTES:  silly weather senryu

it is raining!
no, not water
from clouds
but dead leaves
from july trees

scorched by
a brutal heat
too sunburnt
to evergreen
falling, fallen
brittle brown
leafy teardrops
raining down
the dry warm
forlorn face of
mother earth

      TITLE:  Ravish
      DATE:  2023 Aug 20
      LOCATION:  PҺoenᎥᶍ ArᎥɀønα

in nature i am
water in the breeze
going with the flow

in society i thrash
every cell halting
resistance grows
i become boulder
thrown off cliffs
accelerating through
no choice of my own
landing hard
splitting open
shattering into
everything wrong

      TITLE:  Rippling
      DATE:  2023 Aug 20
      LOCATION:  PҺoenᎥᶍ ArᎥɀønα

That trusty mockingbird —
you can set your sundial by it.

      TITLE:  Early bird
      DATE:  2023 Sep 29
      TIME:  5:56 a.m.
      LOCATION:  PҺoenᎥᶍ  ArᎥɀønα
      STATUS:  awake

If we don't continually get knocked off balance, how are we going to continue to be good at balancing ourselves?

      TITLE:  Over & again
      DATE:  2023 Nov 29

just like trees
my life is a mix—
seasonal change
and evergreen

      TITLE:  Deciduous
      DATE:  2023 Dec 15

juggling three generations
with my octopus arms
if i drop one, i drop them all

      TITLE:  Midlife feat
      DATE:  2023 Sep 13

estoy haciendo malabares tres generaciones
con mis agotados brazos de pulpo
si dejo caer algo, todo caerá

      TÍTULO:  Actos de equilibrio de la malabarista perimenopáusica
      FECHA:  13 Sept 2023

she was wandering
completely lost —
yet on the path
the whole time

      TITLE:  Wondering
      DATE:  2023 Jan 20
      LOCATION:  PҺoenᎥᶍ ArᎥɀønα

after a lifetime of doing almost nothing
but collecting words, now — here i am
finding that my life has become all about
that which cannot be expressed in words —
after a half-life of a burning desire to write
in order to find myself, suddenly i've found
an even more impassioned desire to write
by leaving that moulten shell behind, and
in this moment i know — silence is poetry
when the poet has nothing more to say

      TITLE:  Silence in the poet
      DATE:  2023 Jan 2

Silence is poetry

when the poet
has nothing more to say

      TITLE:  Silence in the poet
      DATE:  2023 Jan 2

believing my wings were fragile and fractured
in my formidable forties, i abandoned flying—
approaching fifty, i know my wings are strong
they just cannot lift so many heavy anxieties—

      TITLE:  Liftoff
      DATE:  2023 Jul 13

they say I am sensitive
and that I'm not tough —
enough.  but — I made
it this far — ain't I have?
amongst y'all, who are.

      TITLE:  Tough enough
      DATE:  2023 Feb 26

laughed so hard
i healed myself

      TITLE:  Dr Reubens
      SOURCE:  journal
      DATE:  2023 Dec 15

i am growing old —

many leaves of my memory
have yellow'd and fallen —

so that i am beginning to have
many secrets from myself —

      TITLE:  Olvidando
      DATE:  2023 Dec 17
      AGE:  fifty

great horned christmas caroling owl
crooning to a nearly full cold moon—

aromatic firewood smoke dancing
with chill desert air and winter stars—

people holidaying with indoor trees
oblivious to nature’s nighttime party

      TITLE:  Christmas night
      DATE:  2023 Dec 25
      LOCATION:  PҺoenᎥᶍ  ArᎥɀønα

i lost myself
and panicked
like a parent
who lost sight
of their child
— i looked in
all the places
i had been —
looked in all
the corners
of my soul —

it had been
so long since
i had seen
myself that
very nearly
i gave up —

but suddenly
one fall day
on passing
a mirror i saw
in an old face
and realized
i don’t need
that little lost
girl anymore

      TITLE:  Looking back at myself
      SOURCE:  journal
      DATE:  2023 Dec 15
      AGE:  fifty

America —
toxic profit
center of
the world

      TITLE:  $tate$  unIted
      DATE:  2023 Aug 10

do not even need
to write poem about life
title says it all

      TITLE:  Threadbare chaos
      DATE:  2023 Mar 3
      NOTES:  senryu poem

boom rustle tip tap
tippity clink rumble crack
whoosh whish shhh fade black

      TITLE:  Thunderstorm
      DATE:  2023 Jul 26
      LOCATION:  PҺoenᎥᶍ ArᎥɀønα

full moon monsoon clouds
glow pale light through windy trees
parched leaves shadow dance

      TITLE:  It's a dry heat streak
      DATE:  2023 Jul 30
      LOCATION:  PҺoenᎥᶍ ArᎥɀønα

In Phoenix, summer is a heat bomb that explodes in late June.

      DATE:  2023 Jun 26
      LOCATION:  PҺoenᎥᶍ ArᎥɀønα

we can see the air
praying monk choking in orange
begging for clean breaths

      TITLE:  Phoenix skies
      DATE:  2023 Jun 23
      LOCATION:  PҺoenᎥᶍ ArᎥɀønα
      NOTES:  pollution senryu

but the science bears out
my catastrophic thinking

      TITLE:  CBT
      DATE:  2023 Jul 13
      LOCATION:  PҺoenᎥᶍ ArᎥɀønα


currently i am about halfway through
doing the list of things i swore before
i would  never  ever  do when i got old

      TITLE:  Don’t-do-it list
      DATE:  2023 Sep 25
      AGE:  forty-nine

monsoon winds tell tales
lightning dances thunder sings
rain is main event

      TITLE:  Opening night
      DATE:  2023 Jul 26
      LOCATION:  PҺoenᎥᶍ ArᎥɀønα

for the harsh heat wave
wet apologetic gift
from clouds to tree roots

      TITLE:  Monsoon love
      DATE:  2023 Jul 31
      LOCATION:  PҺoenᎥᶍ ArᎥɀønα

Middle age is a heap of abandoned ideals.

      TITLE:  Lighten your load
      DATE:  2023 Mar 26
      AGE:  forty-freaking-nine

lobotomy by sparrow beak
brain pecked full of dread
brimful society syrupy sweet
carelessness killing us dead
memoryvines creeping through
sockets of wasteland dreams

a humming vibration of stasis
stuck lid on boiling progress
jammed gears of regression—
a spinning orbiting rotation
would be movement at least

incessant click click click
of the going nowhere echoes
like fading robotic heartbeats
a constant why? why? why?
the most important question
that never even mattered
answerless, unanswerable

speedbumps of psychological
queries emerging like stones
in the body — stuck motion
mind eternally trying, failing
to write its story, click clack

bones, ligaments, thoughts
stutter sputter twitch to death
choking on ink overflowing
poems destined for somewhere
turned inward flooding nowhere

release my brain to infancy
for it is smothered with age

      TITLE:  Fixate
      DATE:  2023 Jul 11
      AGE:  forty-nine

a glance out into the night
you think you see a star
you get excited —
just another police helicopter
in the distance

      TITLE:  Big bright city
      DATE:  2023 Jul 29
      LOCATION:  PҺoenᎥᶍ ArᎥɀønα

oh my gosh is that a star
in bright city sky?
nope! police helicopter

      TITLE:  City night
      DATE:  2023 Jul 29
      LOCATION:  PҺoenᎥᶍ ArᎥɀønα
      NOTES:  light pollution senryu

sunset casts shadows
yet we see only colors
and glorious light

      TITLE:  Westerly
      DATE:  2023 Aug 20
      AGE:  forty-nine
      LOCATION:  PҺoenᎥᶍ ArᎥɀønα
      NOTES:  middle-age senryu

i am naked and spinning
unmasked and repenting
wasn’t i just fourteen
mere unwound hours ago
i breathed, i sang
a lyric or two, loudly
in my quiet voice —
cycled through colors
found beautiful hues
my butterfly wings
cripplingly morphed
to chrysalis again
— reflect retread —
growing wisdom in my head
thrust out the blonde hair
and that all the new
is gray matters not —
focus is a summit reached
rock bottom at the top
perimenopausal paradox —
if someone would listen
if anyone would care
from up here or down there
the invisible i have become
could unhide everted —
but what has burned out
is not the heart soul
bones mind or gut but
only the brittle shell
of youth — falling apart
shedding and crumbling
finally wasting far away
leaving a glowing
blossom unsplayed —

      TITLE:  Fading in
      DATE:  2023 Sep 15
      AGE:  forty-nine

syl·​la·​bles in my life
i cannot utter anymore
with the grace of youth
i stutter with freedom
and slur in wild love
words that once made
sense now are blind
faith doesn’t see and
hope rarely speaks
i’ve never needed you
to spell it out for me
the echo of emptiness
calls out like the sea
ebbing flowing waving
crashing shoring up
a million tear drops
whisper gently into
the gossamer of years
winds blow away our
comforts of home in
a smoke of memories
lost childhood remains
both here and gone
audible and sadly silent
echoes of those poems
voice words that sound
exactly the same but mean
something entirely different

      TITLE:  Fading out
      DATE:  2023 Sep 15

a poet’s job is to hurt
to feel — everything;
to suffer and bleed —
to hold it in; not heal
’til ink touches paper

      TITLE:  Angst-written
      DATE:  2023 Sep 27

october nineteenth
one hundred and three degrees
climate change is hoax

      TITLE:  Forecast
      DATE:  2023 Oct 16
      LOCATION:  PҺoenᎥᶍ ArᎥɀønα

ninety-three degrees
november the sixth
summer-autumn in phoenix

      TITLE:  Nov. 6th
      DATE:  2023 Nov 4
      LOCATION:  PҺoenᎥᶍ ArᎥɀønα
      NOTES:  climate change senryu

dear gods of weather —
will it ever rain again
in bone-dry phoenix?

      TITLE:  Withered
      DATE:  2023 Nov 5
      NOTES:  Arizona senryu. It finally rained later in November. From March 23rd until November 15th, Phoenix had a total of only 0.13" of rainfall. It was the driest monsoon season on record.

November fourteenth
high:  eighty-eight F degrees
that’s not Fahrenheit

      TITLE:  Nearly 90º
      DATE:  2023 Nov 14
      LOCATION:  PҺoenᎥᶍ ArᎥɀønα
      NOTES:  snarky senryu

i begged & pleaded
for rain but now bemoaning
winter mosquitoes

      TITLE:  Whining
      DATE:  2023 Nov 18
      LOCATION:  PҺoenᎥᶍ ArᎥɀønα
      NOTES:  senryu poem

december the sixth
high of eighty-two degrees
oh no you didn't

      TITLE:  Could be worse
      DATE:  2023 Nov 30
      LOCATION:  PҺoenᎥᶍ  ArᎥɀønα
      NOTES:  climate change senryu

on midwinter day
seventy-seven degrees
a sunburned solstice

      TITLE:  WINO
      DATE:  2023 Dec 21
      LOCATION:  PҺoenᎥᶍ  ArᎥɀønα
      NOTES:  climate change senryu

fifty hit me
a ton of bricks
insult to injury
for some body
still on the floor
under the anvil
of forty-nine

      TITLE:  Reeling
      DATE:  2023 Nov 21

the world may see dried-up and irrelevant —
they may not even see me at all —
LOOK!  i've re-blossomed with beautiful new petals —
strength, focus, perspective, poetry, silver wisdom —
i am roaring out all that i have held in,
taken on, and put up with — for all my life —
i roar for myself and for all women
i roar at the top of my lungs with all my midlife rage —
LISTEN!  no longer can i do it all nor do i want to —
i may be getting old, but also i am brand new —

      TITLE:  See me, hear me, I am fifty.
      DATE:  2023 Nov 12

good luck to you, leo grande
emma thompson — you
are my new hero

      TITLE:  Movie review
      DATE:  2023 Nov 13
      NOTES:  kudos Katy Brand, Sophie Hyde, & Daryl McCormack!

January sundown —
I go out hoping for
spectacular colors
as we Arizonans are
accustomed to —

but tonight there is
just beautiful clear
simplicity of pale blue
sky with a streak of
soft alabaster clouds

it's okay, though —
I could never be
disappointed, with
this crisp cool air
and winter quiet —

I watch the edges
of tall palms wave
ever so gently —
and all else is still
save my beating heart

      TITLE:  Be still
      DATE:  2023 Jan 8
      LOCATION:  PҺoenᎥᶍ ArᎥɀønα

squeeze tight, dollars drip
lay off loyalty, tears drop
squeeze tighter, cents bleed

      TITLE:  Servicing shareholders
      DATE:  2023 Sep 21
      NOTES:  corporate senryu

age split a cherry
midlife is the pit
sweet and ripe surround

      TITLE:  Sweet life
      DATE:  2023 Sep 16

i feel like the real me
is in a bottle of beer
the beer inside is me
and inside i am beer

      TITLE:  Huzzah.
      SOURCE:  freewriting typewriter poem
      DATE:  2023 Jun 15
      STATUS:  tipsy

Don't judge this online book by its cover
Despite a retro look and tiny typography
It has better quotations than any other
And that's not a brag, it's true—literarily.

      TITLE:  The Quote Garden, 2023
      DATE:  2023 Aug 22

now almonds are not vegan?
humans are deadly—
bee abuse must stop!
we are killing ourselves too.

      TITLE:  Sickening
      DATE:  2023 Jul 31

Please don't let the heat
      melt all your hopes

Do not allow the world
      to enflame your anger

Keep a cool head and
      warmhearted spirit

Extinguish that cold-blooded
      scorched-earth temper

      TITLE:  Burned-out
      DATE:  2023 Jul 19
      LOCATION:  PҺoenᎥᶍ ArᎥɀønα
      NOTES:  overnight low 97° F

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