Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Murphy's Tanka #59: Mortgage Blues

A pile of papers,
We signed the contracts for hours
-the attorney said:
There's still one thing I will need.
It was the one thing missing.


Monday, June 29, 2009

The Right Time And Place

Foggy marina,
Man reads the Sunday paper
-waits, sipping coffee.


Sunday, June 28, 2009

The Rain And The Blues

Kneeling at her grave,
I looked up at the clear sky
-then I cried blue rain.

She sat across from me,
Telling me story of their love
-now about to cry:
since break up, no place to go-
memories everywhere!

Neverending rain,
Tourists went elsewhere, cafes closed
-was called Monsoon June.


One Single Impression: Blue Rain

Saturday, June 27, 2009

The Power Of Children

Stormy weather day,
When the children came to play
-the storm clouds drifted.


( grant you, I haven't seen this happen too often!)

Friday, June 26, 2009

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Summer Frost

I thought I knew you,
For years we told our stories
-guess not afterall:
today you walked right by me
like a chill wind in Summer.


Wednesday, June 24, 2009


Rainy summer day,
No children playing in park
-toys sunk in puddles.


Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Monday, June 22, 2009

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Family Tapesrty

At Ellis Island,
Clerk read Franz Rurka's Czech tag
-wrote down Frank Robbins.

Grandpa showed bookshelf,
Where he kept family tree
-we looked at the lines:
Some back to Ellis Island,
Others back to Mayflower!


One Single Impression: Assimilation

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Friday, June 19, 2009

In Honor of Steve Lonergan, R.I.P.

It had been ten years,
Then I learned he passed away
-never said goodbye.


Thursday, June 18, 2009

Wednesday, June 17, 2009


Boy in uniform,
Goes off to war, kills many
-comes back shell of man.


Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Monday, June 15, 2009

Radio Hate Man

The Radio Hate Man frothed and fumed over all the other people.
It was the other people that were ruining the whole damn country!
Something had to be done!-next day, Radio Hate Man's show was cancelled.


The American Sandwich

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Walled In And Out

Sitting in his cell,
He no longer sees the walls
-only lonely past.

In children's park,
Vines weave through the chain link fence
-forming leafy walls:
a cocoon for children's dreams
acted out on playing frames.


One Single Impression: Walls

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Troubled Waters

Mother with baby,
Steps into lifeboat praying
-titanic sinking.


Newspaper Item: Last survivor of Titanic dies-was two months old at the time.

Friday, June 12, 2009

On The Fast Track

Stepping onto train,
picked leaflet from off the floor
-think future career!


Thursday, June 11, 2009

Suffer The Children #2

Child came up to me,
She held out her hand and spoke
-her eyes though, her eyes....


Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Suffer The Children

Child stares out from page,
Sad eyes of the world's starving
-no child left behind?


Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Child's Last Day

You looked up at me,
Holding that big paper bag
-bursting with treasures:
the blue blanket you napped on
and all the artwork you made.


Monday, June 8, 2009

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Last Frontier

Last day tommorrow,
No more pressure for deadlines,
-sail into sunset.


Friday, June 5, 2009

Paradise Lost

For fifty long years,
El jefé built paradise
-many escaped on rafts.


Thursday, June 4, 2009

No Way Out

While xeroxing docs,
She felt boss behind her
-no way to exit.


Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Evil Eye

From newspaper page,
Accused felon glowers out
-appears in nightmares.


Tuesday, June 2, 2009

For The Love Of Life

News Item: abortion provider shot while in church (Boston Globe 6/21/09, p.2)

Bang! psalm reading ends,
Doctor murdered in a church
-life lover's pistol.


Monday, June 1, 2009

Cruel Cuts

Staffer cuts paper,
From wholes, to halves, to quarters
-upstairs, boss cuts jobs.