anticipation

bike strapped on the back of the car
the parking lot was empty when I arrived
my heart quickly slowed
and I exhaled

/ / /

29 June 2022
Musser Gap

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[poem] close eyes exhale

Today

the anxiety sits in my throat 

creeps to my belly 

what I want to do 

and should do

for my health

doesn’t match up with 

what my body and head decides

I can’t shut it off

tomorrow, maybe 

but today will just be one 

of those days where I 

couldn’t do life quite right 

///

July 27, 2022

porch sitting in Bellefonte

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POEM: recon

I want to write you in the ferns
lay down footers in rocky soil
stay in this moment for all eternity
because out there is just too much
but here it’s never enough.

If the bear doesn’t see us
does that mean we were never there?
if he hears us and walks away
if the snake sunbathes in a different spot
if the ferns grow taller in another hollow
if the vernal pond reaches our knees
can they still bear witness to our existence?

Let’s recon this path together
as it descends, decide when to stop
and return home

/ / /

25 June 2022
Central PA

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“I don’t regret not leaving”

I was reminded today / how you tried to convince me that my life was a fraud / that I was playing it safe, too afraid to take a risk / wasn’t it clear to me that everything I was doing was wrong? / you told me I wasn’t brave for leaving it all behind / but today it occurred to me / how brave I was for staying.

17 June 2022

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When the words just don’t form…

I’m supposed to be a poet but damn I can’t ever quite put into words the magic I feel in the forest. So here’s a little sampling of the past month.

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Morning

these headaches / cause me / to miss out

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Haiku: the gap

Up the gap / over rocks / downhill fun

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POEM: how to delete you

How to delete you

open Timehop
travel through time
this day one year ago
two
three
four
five
six

seven – stop
here’s the post
open instagram or facebook
click the little three dots
delete

Are you sure you want to delete this post?

Delete – it goes away forever like it never happened
or
Cancel – you remain, revisited from time to time

Delete


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Haiku: 22 May 2022

// Perfect summer evening hoodie weather //

Bellefonte, PA

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Haiku: May

May
is the smell
of honeysuckle

///

Central Pennsylvania

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