The Heart of Winter

polar vortex in the news
I browse novels
set in the tropics

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snow dust on the hood of the car cat tracks

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kitchen warmth
I trade in December’s red
for February roses

 

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On Couches


couch cruising
through
old bookmarks--
a casual narrative
of past pleasures.






 

Martini Metaphors

Found Poem from The New York Times Book Review; Sunday, November 18, 2018

New York Ladies: PARKER, Selected Stories By Dorothy Parker.
Reviewed by Sadie Stein 

Two New York broads of urban legend
known as martini metaphors, too often 

reduced to a quip on a coffee mug;
chroniclers of contemporary New York

flapper highs and breadline lows.
Downtown speakeasies rocked by 

a hard-boiled world and legendary
cabaret shows. They struggled with 

alcoholism pairing whiskey tenors and
yearning hearts. Always lurking in female 

characters—justice, sympathy and
poignancy. Take it gladly—straight up. 

 

A New Pair of Boots

There’s always an upside to what is perceived to be a major downer. We are waiting the arrival of a storm that potentially may turn into a nasty snow/rain/sleet/ice event–all in all– a disruption from our regular routines and sometimes special events. “Harper” may very well pass us by or turn mostly into a rain storm just a few miles south of here. In any case, I am at the ready with a new pair of boots called “Ice Grippers.” They have retractable cleats built into the soles that can be flipped into action with a special red key made for this purpose only. It is a creative and brilliant alternative to having to stretch tight rubber cleats onto a another pair of shoes or boots or whatever and save one from swearing while attempting to keep fingers intact and wiggle into the cleated shoes that are now a half-size smaller. Ice Grippers are warm boots and cleats all in one package. No more carrying an extra pair of rubbers or shoes to change into on non-icy indoor surfaces. These boots are Canadian designed and manufactured in Europe, and I am happy to put them into action. The only problem may be in not losing or forgetting the key to open and close them.

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one fix gives way to another pickle yet to be determined

 

Hospital Review

overheard:
one elder nurse to a younger one–
I always drank
out of hoses,
and I still look good

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pre surgery therapy:
light massage touch
and gossip

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soothing nature scenes on the monitor lower blood pressure readings

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crescent necklace under the surgeon’s scrubs her bare hands

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post surgery pain relief:
homemade chocolate chip cookies
instead of Percocet