a river of stones – January 2012

Pay more attention and fall in love with the world. Why not? Once again, I participated in Fiona and Kaspa’s river of stones project. Learn more. And thanks for checking on my small stones!


January 31, 2012
another winter day
with no snow…
four trumpeter swans


January 30, 2012

this wind . . . the very last sigh


January 29, 2012

purple shirt
the honesty of
her belly


January 28, 2012

two bowls of pho
we discuss his brother
still unmarried…
the laughter of
our own children


January 27, 2012

January streets
wet with melted snow
after her birth
the ancestors’ voices
closer, closer


January 26, 2012

Think I’m gonna unplug from social media tomorrow and see what happens.


January 25, 2012

that will never bind us
incense smoke
threads its way back
to the ancestors’ hearts


January 24, 2012

sport coat
at the last minute
he changes his mind


January 23, 2012

new moon the winter’s first real snow


January 22, 2012

the bamboo stem joint
strong and sturdy
I bow three times
to honor the ancestors


January 21, 2012

bàn thờ
all the memories
I don’t have


January 20, 2012

I have no faith in my words tonight. I think about the Smith’s song, “You Just Haven’t Earned it Yet, Baby”. Despite that, I prep a poetry sub and send it off. I tell my Twitter friends my inner critic is RAGING.

journal editor
whispering as we walk
on eggshells


January 19, 2012

her sweet aria
fills the whole house
I turn off the radio
so I can hear
baby’s every note


January 18, 2012

in my nightmare
he strangles me –
internet blackout
how we feel
with no free speech


January 17, 2012

I try to bribe
the Kitchen God
our cleaning lady
takes intercessions
on my behalf


January 16, 2012

Hubris drove me to try something new. Humility allowed me to learn something new.


January 15, 2012

Sunday night
half-written poems
in my email
is the Muse
on foursquare?


January 14, 2012

prayer flags…
a rainbow of family washcloths hangs
on the shower rod


January 13, 2012

a bit of the moon
on this January night
how lucky
that I crossed paths
with you

[Happy birthday to Claire Everett!]


January 12, 2012

the open crib
pink striped pajamas
on her tummy

[My baby daughter rolled over for the first time by herself tonight!]


January 11, 2012

first poetry reading
the silent crowd
of teddy bears

[In anticipation of a haiku poetry reading I will take part in this April.]


January 10, 2012

the full moon wanes
behind wispy clouds…
I surrender the day
with two cookies
and a glass of wine


January 9, 2012

I gave up sugar in my coffee, but I ain’t givin’ up coffee, sugar.


January 8, 2012

intermittent wind chimes
I pull the plug on
the Christmas lights


January 7, 2012

museum crowd
swells with anticipation
Hokusai’s “Great Wave”

[At the Minneapolis Institute of Arts – Edo Pop]


January 6, 2012

the twirling invitation
of Hungarian Rhapsody
we drop our lunch
and dance


January 5, 2012

waiting for one more


January 4, 2012

don’t know
who are the worse bullies
on Facebook
the children
or the adults


January 3, 2011

fierce headwind
first day back to work
after the holidays


January 2, 2012

Hey Jupiter, when you’re done playing around, please tip the moon back up for us again. Thanks!


January 1, 2011

evening coffee the last of the holiday cream sinks in

2 Responses to “a river of stones – January 2012”

  1. suasn rogers says:

    a river of stones, a current of souls
    every gifted moment lit from within

  2. Beautiful haiku.  I especially enjoy January 29 and January 14th.  You are very talented.  Thank you for sharing your wonderful poetry.

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