• Ekphrastic Poetry,  Poems from the book Resting on my Laurels,  Poetry

    Elegant Stag

    Inspired by “Elegant Stag” by Tracy Cullen Written and performed for Arts Benicia “Art of a Community” on February 24, 2018 Elegant Stag I once was a deer. Now it appears, I’m part chandelier. How, oh, how did I ever get here? Two lifetimes ago, I enjoyed the finer things: crystal goblets overflowing with wine, tailored suits and soft silk ties, the greatest operas of my time. How I loved to hear them sing! When I was a mere lad of twenty-one, I fell for a young lady with, oh, such a voice! Her spirit just overcame me. My heart, it had no choice. One evening as I strolled downtown…

  • Ekphrastic Poetry,  Poems from the book Resting on my Laurels,  Poetry

    Players

    Inspired by the painting “Players” by Marcy Orendorff Written and performed for the Arts Benicia “Art of a Community” on February 24, 2018 Players The rest of the world seemed to fade away, as the room elevated into the heavens. Upon their melodies they would float, two soulmates bound by art. With each gentle note, her fingers struck chords upon his heart. As his fingers caressed the ivory keys, her soul, it felt so free. They could play endlessly into the night. Time became a mystery. It was a love that only artists can know, singing in a language only hearts understand. A love that only shows itself between the…

  • Unbound Coal Shed
    Ekphrastic Poetry,  Poems from the book Resting on my Laurels,  Poetry

    Unbound – Coal Shed Studios Book Arts

    It was my pleasure to write this poem for the Coal Shed Studios Book Arts Show. I read it there on 9.9.17. Watch the video. “Unbound” Ignoring the binding that once anchored them into cold, rational paragraphs, the books were now free to become art, to evolve beyond the intentions of their writer into objects of dreamlike beauty at the hands of those whose ideas knew no such limits as word counts or chapters. Like butterflies on their first flight, their pages were no longer confined to the shapes they once inhabited. Solidified in sculpture, sketch, and paint they sang out messages of peace, love and justice that rang out…

  • Dreaming of better days
    Ekphrastic Poetry,  Poems from the book Resting on my Laurels,  Poetry

    Dreaming of Better Days

    Ekphrastic poetry inspired by Kathy Oja’s painting “Dreaming of Better Days.” Dreaming of Better Days On the day her true love came to stay, it was just like any other spring day. The flowers bloomed in their rainbow, as the birds put on a choral show. On her way to school down many a road, as her shoes kissed cobblestone streets, she came upon a young boy so sweet, who offered to carry her heavy load. He used to bring her flowers so very bright. They’d stay up chatting all through the night. As they grew from boy to man and girl to lady, they spent many years walking in…

  • Ekphrastic Poetry,  Poems from the book Resting on my Laurels,  Poetry

    Little Watercraft

    Little Watercraft She’s not a mighty aircraft carrier, nor the giant train ferry of old, but she’s a fine little boat who sails these waters cold. She ain’t a spiffy luxury yacht, nor energetic motor boat, but she’ll give it all she’s got, so joyously we shall float. She’ll never fight in a war, nor deliver heavy freight. She’s just a little watercraft, and boy, I think she’s great! By day we become adventurers wandering into the great blue bay, going fishing and making friends, for our work feels just like play. Each night she rests beside the dock, safely nestled in the boatyard. She dreams of traveling this wide…