• Poems from the book Barefoot in the Sanctuary,  Poetry

    The Freedom to Love

    I joined the Stonewall Democratic Club of Solano County, marching and dancing across Vallejo for the 4th of July parade. This is the poem it inspired. The Freedom to Love Dancing downtown, amid a proud parade of people and partisans, arising in a righteous rainbow, a revolution of love filled these streets for the first time, this Fourth of July, declaring freedom from hatred as bubbles floated in the air alongside joyful songs, cheering townsfolk, and flags waving, red white blue, this year a few more colors, too, me and you, feeling a bit more patriotic when all are included and free to be truly who rings true soul deep…

  • County Fair Winners,  Poetry

    Generation Awake!

    In 2015, the Solano County Fair awarded this poem 2nd place in its Published Poetry category. So, for a throwback in the spirit of county fair season, I decided to share. Generation Awake! Generation awake! Open your glazed eyes.   March towards peace. Work towards love. Feed your brothers. Shelter your sisters.   No more bullets raining down. No more madmen shrieking infamy. No more pain and confusion. No more lives died early in vain.   Step away from the screen. Do you even remember the green? The chlorophyll in youthful nostrils Now replaced by formalin soaked suits.   Feet once barefoot chasing nature, Chase after a different green. Tell…

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

    From Unity to Community

    Thank you, Marin County Fair, for awarding this poem 3rd place in Any Other Poetry! (My favorite poem I’ve ever written, “Headline Antidote” also received 5th place in this category!) From Unity To Community In a twirling rainbow of humanity, love surrounded hate’s insanity.   Working together for utopia now. Can’t wait any longer, anyhow.   Mind’s eye filled with vision.   Feet springing into action, dancing toward tomorrow, with songs of joyous unison.   Plant the seeds of peace in holy soils ripe for flowers.

  • County Fair Winners,  Poems from the book Id Biscuits,  Poetry

    Marin Is…

    Thank you, Marin County Fair, for awarding this poem 3rd place in Marvelous Marin Poetry! Marin is…   Marin is the stuff of childhood art. Green hills. Blue skies. Cotton candy clouds. Little red farm houses. Happy black and white cows.   Marin is the wilderness. The ocean crashing, salty. Seagulls, seals, pelicans. A breath of mountain air. Palm trees. Pines. Redwoods. The inner peace you find out there.   Marin is the stuff of dreamers. Hippies. Glorious hippies. Artists. Folkies. Poets. Lefties. Zen. Yoga. Organic foodie perfection. Startups and mom and pops. Lovely families in every direction.   Marin is Traffic jams. Business suits. Coffee. Bikers dodging. Hikers escaping.…

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

    Fair

    Thank you, Marin County Fair for awarding this poem 2nd place in Fair Themed Poetry!   Fair   I spent hours hiking to renew my soul, seeking freedom from traffic jams. Tonight I did not perform, but I don’t feel forlorn.   I wandered the county fair, rode the wheel up in the air as a microcosm of America in Spanish and English, smiling at each other—what fun!   Flying high in a gondola, in the sweet summer sun. Viewing the pathways to joy, admiring local art awards, hiding from the scorching heat, I saw the sign of my future on a passing shirt.   It said: “No mistakes. Just…

  • Peace Poems,  Poems from the book Barefoot in the Sanctuary,  Poetry

    Souls Aflame #wearorange

    I joined a group of about 20 menschy folks from my synagogue as part of the #wearorange march across the Golden Gate Bridge, protesting against gun violence. This is the poem that it inspired. Souls Aflame It is good to march. To keep your spirit charged. And so here we are. We pursuers of peace with our souls on fire for the kinder world we desire. A sea of orange drifting across our Golden Gate unified marching against violence and hate. A passionate parade of protesting people gliding across the bay galvanized against the glorification of guns. Chanting clad in electric orange men, women and children who fight and who…