leaves of many colors:
Let us begin now,
while we have the chance,
to build a more perfect union.
Let’s set aside small differences
and when the differences are large,
let’s find a way to bridge them civilly,
remembering each and every one of us
wants to matter and each and every one of us
does matter. May we find the will to make a way.
Woman in a Trump Caravan
catches my friend’s eye,
smiles and gives two thumbs up.
My friend smiles back,
gives two thumbs down.
Back and forth they go,
thumbing and smiling,
til the caravan moves on.
Daily walks with Knox
interrupt my narrow focus,
help me find a broader view.
Knox looks at me
with inquiring eyes, then sits.
Hope for a tasty treat
In his doggy chest.
What will the results show
when all the votes are counted?
Did we the people
have the constitution to
vote “to form a more perfect union.
ensure domestic tranquility,
provide for the common defence,
promote the general welfare,
and secure the blessings of liberty
to ourselves and our posterity”?
We can help create
the new normal by voting
for reason and care.
I wish for Knox
a soft bed to rest,
but he prefers
to chew his nest.
Feeding the birds,
watching them eat,
brings moments of peace
in troubled times.
He invited them to play,
this puppy of mine,
but the cats they
He backed off, then tried once more.
Come on, Ladies, you’ll have fun.
I’ll even show you how it’s done.
But all his efforts were for naught;
hissing and huffing away they ran.
rejecting all the fun he sought.