Old Tunes

As the waves of perfume, heliotrope, rose, Float in the garden when no wind blows, Come to us, go from us, whence no one knows; So the old tunes ... Read more

On Aging

I was at a wedding Saturday with a lot of women in their 20s and 30s in sexy dresses, their youthful skin aglow. And even though I was 20 or 30 years ... Read more


There must be a day or two in a man's life when he is the precise age for something important. —Franklin Pierce Adams Middle age occurs when ... Read more

An Old Man’s Winter Night

All out-of-doors looked darkly in at him Through the thin frost, almost in separate stars, That gathers on the pane in empty rooms. What kept his ... Read more

A Birthday Gift

She wanted to turn around and walk back to the time she first said yes instead of no, smiled crooked smiles and spoke in opposites so that true ... Read more

An Early Winter

You've survived the dying of a womb and the severance of four cords, cool summers and pale autumns, and now, as I wipe the ravages of ... Read more


I'd often thought of him, no one forgets their first kiss; it leaves a permanent stain on the lips. So when he rang it took only a moment to ... Read more

Slow Down the Years

I barely have time to catch my breath For the years pass by so quickly now. I hardly see changes in seasons As I used to, somehow. Spring ... Read more