Gossip Session: Cousin Had a Love Baby

our son

frightens me

with his smiles

with his silences

i can’t bear

his lipsmacking

voluptuous mouth


let us flee

over the sea to singing

circling schoolchildren playing

Don’t Touch (!)

the Old Woman


it is a cavernous


it is a lipsmacking

voluptuous mouth

it is a bowlegged hunchback

teasing a toddler turning

to me with the same




Spring Sap Heralds Lord of Hosts

50 cubits

from root to bloom

from mole to myrtle

from bright-eyed bride

to smiling groom

from iblis to Isaiah


visit the recovering

and the radiant child of man

to hear all the trees exalting