The Circle of Life


November 16, 2017 The Joy of Parents is preparing their children for Life. The Pain of Children is preparing their parents for Death.   I. These words I wrote three months ago, after helping my mother navigate an uncharacteristic moment of fear: I had accidently let three moths into her house on a steamy August … More The Circle of Life

Night Crawlers


I. I used to be a Night Crawler: one of those people on foot in the dark, going somewhere. Now, I nearly run them down, barely able to see them skittering across the street, in dark clothing, with only the dancing light of their sneakers visible in my headlights— if I’m lucky— as I drive … More Night Crawlers

3 Poems: In Remembrance of My Brother David (10/6/59-3/4/03)


This is an updated re-post from March 4, 2015. Today marks 14 years since my first little brother, David, passed away suddenly. For my Facebook friends, who read a remembrance I posted yesterday, I must confess that there has always been some confusion over David’s death date: March 4th is the official date of death, as it … More 3 Poems: In Remembrance of My Brother David (10/6/59-3/4/03)

3 Poems for My Father On the 9th Anniversary of His Passing


I had hoped that this New Year’s Day would be different—that the specter of Death would not haunt me. But the news of two stars’ deaths—Wayne Rogers, the handsome actor of my father’s generation, and Natalie Cole, the smooth and sassy singer of my generation—have pulled me back in time. The pain of of loss … More 3 Poems for My Father On the 9th Anniversary of His Passing