I am proud to announce that my poetry book, AFTER BEAUTY, won 1st place in the 20th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards.
One on one
As a group
to make war
Spontaneous As Love
My father, when he was old, after
he’d remarried and become as happy
as I was ever to see him, walked out with me
one morning to poke around the rural
foothill town he and his wife called home.
It was spring. A small stream, choked
with periwinkle, edged his property.
Admiring the blue of the vinca,
I wished aloud for that same color
in my Berkeley garden.
Without a word, Dad waded in,
pulled up armloads–roots and all–sent me home
with the periwinkle you see here; it blooms
as spontaneous in my city garden
as in any pure-running mountain stream.