• Poems from the book Barefoot in the Sanctuary,  Poetry

    #BernieInSacramento

    Bernie in Sacramento Standing sunbaked for hours, achy feet, people in the streets. collecting buttons, lazing in the grass, getting sunburned, hiding cross legged in the shade of the masses, waving signs about revolution and a better future. I think I found the hippie vote. The people who care if you and I can stay a float. I’m in. Bring it. Overheard in the crowd, “The music here is so good. The people are so nice. The hippies are back. All kumbaya. Yeah, songs—that really makes us dangerous!” That felt so much like home that I almost want to say it was a spiritual experience. Gathered in a sea of…

  • Poetry

    My La Familia Epic Poem Contributions

    I wrote these words as part of my contribution to La Familia: Peace will come the day we forget how to drop the bombs or make the guns, When we get along underneath the same old sun, Singing songs in holy unison no matter where we’re from, Yes, peace will come. Peace will come. Pray before the day is done. My friend, Fred Ross-Perry was inspired by them and expanded it into these lyrics, and the song: Peace will come, and it won’t be long When we forget how to drop the bombs When we forget how to make the guns That’s when peace will come Peace will come when…

  • Poems from the book Id Biscuits,  Poetry

    That Voice

    If you wrestle with depression, may this poem for you be a weapon. That Voice You know the one? The one that tells you that you aren’t good enough. The one that insults you when life is already tough. The one that has forgotten about self-love. The one that holds a lifelong self-grudge. The one that would for one mistake have you martyred or murdered. The one that keeps a running list of your supposed flaws. The one that won’t ever let you forget until you feel small. Yeah, that one! Don’t listen to it at all! That voice is a fucking liar! Plug your ears! Don’t answer when it…

  • Poetry

    Vallejo Man March

    Thank you to the Community Life Integration Foundation, and to Ivy Brawner and Maurice Brackett (aka TOS) for the opportunity to perform at the Vallejo Man March yesterday. It was a truly powerful experience to walk down the street surrounded by my fellow citizens, shouting “Silence the Violence! Increase the Peace!” At moments walking felt like dancing, and chanting felt like singing, and to me, both of those feel like praying. (It was Shabbat after all.) The cloudy skies held in the rain as we travelled from Sonoma and Maine to MLK Park, surrounded by a police escort, photographers, and local filmmakers from the movie Campaignin‘. Many other community organizations…

  • Jewish Poems,  Poetry

    My Shul

    My community at Rodef Sholom has become my family, as my blood relations still live in the south, and I live in California. I would largely say that I grew more since moving to California than in any other place. Why? Because I got involved with my synagogue, and they gave me leadership opportunities, put me in situations for growth that I would not have encountered otherwise in life, and as I have had an extremely difficult life, they have been there for me unlike anyone else other than my own family. Sometimes in ways that my family could not be there for me. As a convert, I was spiritually…

  • California Poems,  County Fair Winners,  Peace Poems,  Poems from the book Poet Loiterer,  Poetry

    Headline Antidote

    “Headline Antidote” is my favorite poem that I have ever written, and is published in the book, Poet Loiterer. It is an attempt to answer the question what can regular folks do in a painful world with so many negative headlines except to be a rebel in favor of goodness. It’s one of my favorites to perform, and I have at many places, including at the Vallejo Man March on March 12, 2016, and the 2nd Rodef Sholom Beit Cafe in December 2015. “Headline Antidote” also won 5th place in Any Other Poetry at the 2016 Marin County Fair. Headline Antidote Be a rebel for righteousness, a leader for love,…