I'm grateful to serve as Poet in Residence at herchurch (  Once a month or so, I present an original poem inspired by the liturgy for that service.  I've published two chapbooks of these poems, each with 13 poems and 3 images.  Here are a two poems from LIGHT & DARK:


The time of equal
won't last.  Earth tilts
click-by-click wheel rotates
light will wane.

Just now with sun
directly over head
prepare The Feast
of Getting Ready:

clean house
alight intentions
pick Gravensteins
anoint with honey

put on the root stew
light the candles
for without preparation
there can be no ritual.

She will enact the ancient drama
split open the pomegranate
spilling seeds, garnet & juicy.
Await the dark.

The LONG and the SHORT of IT

Fear not & bless my twin, the dark,
says light.  We are inseparable,
as all from Goddess.

A bit skeptical?  No worries.
No harm in lighting a candle.
No harm in beating the drum.

No harm in singing, in dancing.
No harm in sharing your story
or even a ripe persimmon.

Go head, light that candle,
put on clothes which dazzle,
make a joyous raucous

& celebrate, knowing desire
wears your face and wisdom
is that feather in your heart.

My most recent chapbook Everyday Psalms is available for purchase; please email me,  As a teaser, here's herchurch's Devi Vanni performing my poem,
"Imagine."  Imagine performed by Devi Vanni 

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