Monthly Archives: December 2019

Just When

Just when I thought the game was won
Just when the bills were paid
Just when I thought I’d found my mate
Just when I had it made
Just when the kids were on their own
Just when I got good wheels
Just when I invested in a home
Just when I trusted the nightly news
Just when it was safe to browse the ‘net
Just when we were over racial hate
Just when I finally had the time
Just when I managed to save a dime
Life happens no matter what
And just when I understood that


It goes without saying
ironically introduces the saying’s contents
manipulating the ear of the hearer
the eye of the reader
to take the side of the saying
In the internal struggle for truth
It didn’t have to be said or need to be read.
but now, somewhat unjustly, it’s been
forced, for some reason, into being.
Like you and I, without our prior consents.
Of course … is another one, obviously.
And obviously is … of course.
Obviously, it goes without saying,
this is a poem, ladies and gents.

Orcas ISland

Ode to Orcas Island Sisters

They’ve hiked a long way from a fashion model’s runway stride.
These women in their knit hats, leggings, cotton dress,
mud boots to visit the flip bags at low tide
in Judd Cove. They climb Mount Constitution,
up and down with new baby on their backs, no less.
Hearts full of love, so full it does not hide;
Everyone they see, they smile and bless.
They own the bookstore, gift shop, hotel, rent kayaks bay-side.
Local lambs they call by name as they gently pick field greens;
Dressed to perfection with fresh salmon on the side.
They are living their simple organic paradisiacal dreams.
The amazing women of Orcas Island will abide;
These ladies are. I hereby profess,
Strong examples of being happy with less.

Princess Linn refused to let her Science Officer
Wear a stained Blue Shirt.
Yellow Klingon bird droppings may befit a Red Shirt
They don’t show on the Captain’s officer-class Gold.
Blue stands across from yellow on the wheel of color.
Princess Linn could not let this spot grow old.
Acting quickly, she armed her stain-erasing Phasor,
Set to Sodium Hypochlorite; warp-speed thrusters reverse!
She obliterated the ugly alien dirt,
Leaving behind a faint map of the known Universe.
Illogical? Does not compute?
Is this blue shirt worth all that and more?
Yes, to one who boldly goes
Where no woman has gone before.