Childhood Nightmares: A Haiku Chain

Photo by Ty Finck on Unsplash Furnace downstairs hidesthe pointy-nosed bogeymanclimbs out to chase me. Neck hairs stand up straightcement wall Chief’s headdress shadow,no window across. Old witch cackles whilestoking two hot grey ovens,we lay bound waiting. Drums beat, voices chantmoccasin feet start to danceno one hears but me. Paralyzed by fearI open my mouth to screamand nothing … Continue reading Childhood Nightmares: A Haiku Chain

Humanity Lost

Photo by Alex Dukhanov on Unsplash Grief and loss most profound Teeters on shaking ground Molten rivers of tears Erupt from latent fears Mouth silenced by a mask Pressured to take the vaxx Division, hatred, strife Slowly devalues life Media’s shame and blame Stokes embers into flames As depression taunts Loss of freedom haunts  Our dreams. I … Continue reading Humanity Lost

Wildfire

My muse for this poem was the unprecedented number of wildfires raging in the interior of my former province of British Columbia. The smoke from those fires has covered our summer skies for weeks now in Saskatchewan.

Thin Places

Image by Richard Reid from Pixabay A door has shut without recourse,now flung aside I bleed out redmy footing gone, my vision’s fledunseen by those without remorse. Each painful breath inflames my heart,I try to speak but silence mocksas spastic legs and crooked socksdeny my dreams now torn apart. For those who see beyond the night,my worth … Continue reading Thin Places

Land Of The Living Skies

Photo by v2osk on Unsplash Rolling prairie is not barren tundra,devoid of life be it flora or fauna.The vast open grasslands beckoncalling to the wild inside us all. Gopher heads peer out from holes,watching antelope jump and play.Buffalo roam the open countryor hunker in tree-shaded sloughs Vibrant life in golden fields of wheat,echoed in the hawk’s piercing … Continue reading Land Of The Living Skies

Fire Within

Photo by Shoeb Khatib on Unsplash Flames,of orange and redflicker, twist, dip, and bow ina mysteriouscounterpoint dancetiptoeing on edge asmusic orchestratesin staccato fashioncrackles, pops, and snapspunctuate the ancient dancemesmerizing human eyes. Read more... This is my newest poem which explores the literal world and the inner world in two separate stanzas.

Collateral Damage

This is a new poem that I wrote after all the events and fallout of Covid had taken its toll one day last week. I realized that I had an opportunity to speak for every person who battles chronic illnesses and/or disability. The words flowed out into a raw, emotional poem. I put it all … Continue reading Collateral Damage

CHW Anthology, Volume 1: NonFiction And Poetry Is Available Now!

The first volume of Coffee House Writers 2020 Anthology was released yesterday, Dec. 8, 2020. This Anthology features poetry and nonfiction, submitted by twenty four plus authors - all regular contributors on the CHW online publishing platform, which does resemble a magazine. This is a vibrant community of writers dedicated to the pursuit of writing … Continue reading CHW Anthology, Volume 1: NonFiction And Poetry Is Available Now!

Survival: A Poem

Photo by Aaron Doucett on Unsplash This poem was inspired by a little visitorthat appeared outside my office window. It's my way of capturing the beauty ofnature and stories that play out every dayif you have the eyes to see them. Read more...