white shirt,

purple sweats,



you know how you can close your eyes and be transported to someplace calm where problems are just there but more manageable?

there’s a beautiful place in Everett, Washington like that

right in the middle of the city

next to the water is a little park

it’s right by the port & takes a mile of walking/roller skating/riding a bike each way

I would go there with my daughter on sundays when things seemed so bad

then after walk up to the library

so I wrote about it to remember:

if you walk a mile to pigeon creek you can play on the beach

you never see pigeons at pigeon creek
only tumbled rocks below a train
Poseidon’s horses undomestic
off sandy shallows

Hiawatha’s chickens
wingspans six feet

sunset frozen
to clouds
tangerine and flamingo
hiding colors icy in spite

an orca blooms
where ocean falls
and bald eagles roost on t’s

ignoring ferries
they play
weather is of no concern to them

if you visit pigeon creek

be careful where you walk

 (orcas eat seals
 seals eat salmon
 salmon eat ghost shrimp
 ghost shrimp eat sand)

be careful where you walk a
nd swim at your own
risk there is no life
guard on duty

deadlines & goals

hello! today is the 31st

and the deadline for a few

places I want to submit to

yesterday I submitted a poetry

book & this morning am

trying to finish a chapbook

so I can send it into the world

the deadlines sneak up

on me even though I know they are usually the 15th and the end of the month and now I have a new

chapbook idea

so I can’t sleep and am working/on the phone before my daughter takes it over

wish me luck in finishing

the little book & not falling into

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