Ask Me Anything

I arrive again To visit you treasured two. You will not readily recall Precisely which face mine is Among the rushing throng Behind your uncertain eyes. You desire devoutly The prompt and willing service Your words were wont to offer To your kindly sentiments, And the smooth conveyance They might furnish To your hazy queries. [...]

Dinner for One

Happiness can abound When a man eats In his apartment alone. Manhattans and hors d’oeuvres In the living room, The stuffed mushrooms from a recipe In Julia Child’s book– A gift from a dear one Who now lives far away. A sumptuous plate in the kitchen– The Cornish hen’s preparation Taught long ago by a [...]

My Godmother

My Aunt Rosemary is my mother’s oldest sister.  She is also my godmother.  I consider myself fortunate in this regard because I was born into the Catholic faith, and while my father was one of the churchgoing faithful throughout my childhood, my mother could only grudgingly bring herself to go along with a Catholic upbringing [...]

Contest

I adore Mozart’s The Magic Flute. Tamino seeks enlightenment; He walks the narrow path. His road inclines steeply; His burden weighs heavy; His wonted mode of thought No longer suits; He turns away from the night. The light embraces him; he it. And as he unites with Pamina, They bravely emerge from their trials, Ennobled [...]

Reclaimed

Nearly a century ago We began our flight From the page to the air, The print yielding to waves That brought us voices and music And later moving images On a glass tube in the parlor. We could buy plastic discs as well And spin melodies out of them. Then the discs became A long [...]

Dad

Three times this date has comeTo notch the turning yearAnd signal then the startOf one more without you.Keep bright the living skyBe still the ray that shines.And linger in the nightTo whisper in our dreams.Though you no more graceThe humble human form,Nor ornament the airWith the music of your voice…No day begins nor endsNo vibrant [...]