Just published, Book III

SEA GLASS SOUL - Invisible Colors, Poems and Paintings

My poetry and Pat Morgan's art - available at,
The Sea Glass Poetry Trilogy is now complete.

Monday, March 28, 2011


It came to me
In the middle of the night,
I would save them.
At morning light
I’d run along the water’s edge
Frightening the gulls away.
Each time they’d land,
I’d charge at them again.
They’d shriek about
The injustice of it, but
I’d be deaf to their grievance.

The clams and crabs
Washed up on the beach this morning
Will not become bird breakfast.
They’ll live one more day
Because of me.
If I save hundreds of them,
It’d be like giving one of them
Another year to live.

The plan was perfect,
Magnificent even.
My soul was smiling
As I waited for dawn.
Lying awake for hours
At 5 a.m. my eyes closed.

I was drowning in daylight
As I awoke.  I’d be too late
To save them.
My dream soured,
My soul no longer smiling,
I hope they forgive me.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011


I could not stop                                                           
Spring turning to summer,
Shirts came off
She was exposed,
An island souvenir
From my winter escape
I refused to explain.                                                          
I took her north
Over my heart,
A small gesture
Considering her
A tawny beauty
At home on the sand,
A mystery to me.
My only regret,
I dare not return.

Sunday, March 13, 2011


Is life so sour
Or solitude so sweet,
That I’d sit in the shower
And stare at my feet.

We were woefully wrong
From the damp day we met.
I shouldn’t have gone along
Could have saved rivers of regret.

Today I went fishing
Seeking relief for an hour,
Now I am wishing
I had stayed in the shower.

Sunday, March 6, 2011


What would you do
If God told a joke
Lose all respect
Give your priest a poke?

What would you say
If God liked to laugh
Double your doubts
Cut your faith in half?

What  would you think
If God played hide and seek
Decide he’s for children,
The sick and the weak?

What will you confess
If at heaven’s door,
“Oh God, I messed up,
Should have laughed and played more.”