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  • Age of Shadows
  • Beauregard's Poem
  • Cusp of Autumn
  • Eek! -- Haiku, cinquains, double dactyls and assorted folderol
  • Elegy for my National Geographic Collection
  • Extending Family
  • Gambling
  • I'm a Poet, Don't You Know? -- Reading by Rachel Lindley (Requires Real Player)
  • I Wish I Were a Daffodil -- My first poem (Be afraid; be very afraid.)
  • Litany for a Woman's Hair
  • One Life Short of Nine
  • Pin of Obligation
  • Perhaps in May
  • Point of Reference -- With a synopsis of the revision process
  • Private Enemy
  • Rings
  • Sanctuary
  • Saving Roses
  • So I Asked--A Sonnet
  • The Dog Takes Ownership
  • The Garden of Late
  • This Spring
  • What a Pickle
  • While You've Been Away

      A Birthday Sonnet

      The sun had the audacity to rise
      and scrutinize my squinting eyes; what spite!
      Malicious Sol, you're cruel! I despise
      the glee displayed when you should mourn my plight.

      Conspiracies arise at every turn--
      newspaper fonts are set at New Times one;
      my bathroom scale tells lies and should be burned;
      "New Math" has made the mile a longer run.

      If governors can pardon crimes long past,
      make them to be as though they never were,
      (and since I look quite pale in sack and ash)
      why can't a birthday clemancy procure?

      I'm forty-nine? There's been a huge mistake!
      I'll stay my age and have a slice of cake.

      March, 2001

      "I think we're all bozos on this bus." -- Firesign Theater

      "You may call me a poet if someone writes it on my headstone."

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