garden of fireflies
those bittersweet memories
of life together

spidery girders
reflect the sun’s last rays
the bridge between us


Adoption II

like a sly burglar
the divorced dad stole a glance
at his sleeping girl

they love each other
and their kid building castles
for the greedy waves


as if for always
the baby’s small arms reached out
to her new parents


tiny feet, first steps
her father – inching backwards
both into the unknown

Until Death, After Death

all the lost children
reported by radio
clouds of butterflies

Variations 2

measuring Time
an oak leaf rotates
beneath the cascade


in the Mammoth Cave
my young son saw a black mouse
huddled by his shoe