My goal this summer is to do a chapbook of a hiking trip to Cathedral Park in Canada.  I will be doing it in letterpress so brevity will be of great concern.  It will be about twelve pages on quality paper, hand sewn binding and a mix of haiku and other short forms.  Not sure of the print types that will be available to me yet.  Frank at dVerse has asked us to consider brevity so I am starting my project.  Each poem would be on its own page.


top of Stone City

glacier carved granite garden

alpine fir and larch


white cloud

castes shadow below

on mountain lake


distant mountains


across horizon


kwash kwash kwash

my steps grind the stones

of Stone City



White Pelican

The first white pelican I saw was in Florida.  My husband and I were driving past a pond and there it was resting on the water.  I shout white pelican, white pelican.  (We were sometimes birders.). Go around the block.  He won’t do it.  He keeps going.  There is only so much pain I can wear on my face.  I kept it there for days.

Now in Texas he says – did I tell you there were white pelicans on the lake yesterday?  White pelican, white pelican.  We walk to the lake seeing them from a distance.  We keep walking to the shore and there they are, about a hundred more.

find white pelican

migration flight in winter

wipes the pain away

White Pelican

Florida Freeze

Today it is cold in Florida

there is ice on the wires

frost on pine and palmetto

mittens are sold out at Walmart

everybody has something to say

about the weather

waiting for a change of tide

a new moon or south winds

today that north northwest

brings down a chill

threatens snow in Florida

Winter on the Gulf Coast

isn’t always tropical breezes

blowing in from Belize

expect a hard freeze tonight

the northwesterly delivers

a harsh blow of minus below

picked up in Iowa

swept across plains

and plantations of Alabama

and Georgia

onto the fronds of palms in Florida

Accept the unexpected

everyone trying to stay warm

and make a buck

cover everything up

don’t let your pipes freeze

as the temp goes 25 degrees

cold sunshine of Florida

be ready to lose heat

prepare for more sleet

is climate change real?

it’s 20 degrees in Florida!

a real Florida freeze


camping in Florida in the cold and dVerse prompt to use areas of silence in the structure of the poem

Florida Freeze

Night Shelling

Under a super moon

Even the tides were on our side

Going out with the starlit

Moonlight change to dawn

Crunch return path

Under the belt of Orion

Trees that have always marked the way

Look different now

Their silhouette on the horizon




dVverse quadrille prompt to use the word crunch – the sound of feet crunching the shells on a beach walk

Night Shelling

Plan to Letterpress

The process of letterpress is my plan for how to publish. Pressing words or an image into paper, sending the ink into the surface a little deeper and partaking in printing antiquity are reasons that encourage me to action.

The poems have already been chosen, a series of haiku written many years ago while hiking in Cathedral Park in Canada. The poems will cut sharp as scree on the mountainside into the paper.

Press ink on paper

Tell of Stone City and larch

In a season past


dVerse prompt on plan for writing and how in the springtime I plan to learn letterpress and do a chapbook of haiku

Plan to Letterpress

Change A’Comin

you change a diaper to get the shit out

obviously change is good

yet why is it resisted

unless you need to change a tire

without it you cannot roll

last minute change to your airline ticket

will cost you some more dough

if you change the ingredients in a recipe

it won’t taste as good as told

you’re hot you change the temperature

when you see it coming

don’t resist your change

or think it is just for others

after buying something with a dollar

you expect to get your change



dVerse prompt on change

Change A’Comin

Mountain Bear Woman

Fire was on the other side of the ridge bringing the bears to the hillside of Two Medicine Lake.    I watched them from a distance as they foraged in the short brush.  That afternoon on a tour boat cruising  the length of the lake,  a huge grizzly bear was seen on the shore.


On the return trip, the grizzly had moved from the shoreline to a mound of black huckleberries.  On the other side of the bushes, a woman was picking the berries, oblivious to the bear.


Mountain Bear Woman

Joined in kindred spirit at

Two Medicine Lake




dVerse animal prompt – this was the first time I ever saw a grizzly at Glacier National Park

Mountain Bear Woman