Ghazal, with Piano Bar in Winter

This entry is part 11 of 29 in the series Morning Porch Poems: Winter 2012-13

Increase intensity through attention, pressure, weight, or time, to hear the singing in a higher register— The same way a threaded button spins faster, looser or more taut, depending on the varied register of fingers pulling at the edges. I prefer lower, mellow notes to shrill, but there is power too in upper registers— but …

Mid-year Ghazal

This entry is part 9 of 47 in the series Morning Porch Poems: Summer 2012

Streets and parks, surprisingly empty this fourth of July— heat index past the hundreds, humidity. Later in the cool of evening, crowds will watch fireworks at nine o’clock. Nights wrapped in somnolent heat: the mind wanders familiar terrain— Watching those I love in pain is suffering’s keenest dirk. And I can’t turn back the clock. …

Ghazal, Beaded with Rain

This entry is part 6 of 47 in the series Morning Porch Poems: Summer 2012

Forms and strictures, rules. Fill in the blanks, shade in the bubbles, color inside the lines. For instance, use green for this picture of a lizard beaded with rain. Dry and veined, presaging October: maple leaves cover one side of the porch. Dull browns, yellows, reds— a leafy blizzard in June, unbeaded with rain. In …