July 1, 2017

TRIPS NOT TAKEN

                                                               --Remembering Donald Hall

The thought of b...

SONNET TO AN UNKNOWN LOVER

Your vertical smile is like a symphony:

air vibrating with honeysuckle sound,

piccolo trill lips, coy trumpet harmony,

a refined overture where violins abound.

Your fingers tantalize in curved elegance.

Bow me, tuned cello wrapped in your thighs.

Ve...

Schedule-at-a-glance Government Ethics Conference September 13-15, 2011

Orlando World Center Marriott

“I Didn’t Even Know That an Ethics Situation Was There.”  The Ethics of RIFs:  Dealing With

Ethical Issues Generated by the 112th Congress’ “Right Sizing” of the Fed...

July 1, 2017

MILL TOWN


 

Strong place, queen city, once

the mansions on the hill ruled Water Street,

White and Church. Men with pocket watches

walked to Railroad Square. Now nursing homes slump,

fill with what was once thought upper crust.  Offices

of small-town lawyers sell attics fille...

July 1, 2017

RAGNAROK

From words that follow flow nothing new,

Frailty is human, despite heavenly view?

A fable for futures, a saga now past,

On winds of wonder, a prophecy cast?

The coming and going of the Aesir great,

We heard tales of beginnings and of late.

Glories of Asgard in its f...

July 1, 2017

PERFORMANCE

In days when different rituals

prevailed and howling storms

were on my repertoire to make

bedtime a theatrical event, we

staged worlds that paved the

way to face the real one that

mirrors openness and gaiety

to protect you from its squalls.

Now you are out there, an...

July 1, 2017


UNTITLED


 

Our love is a temple.

I smell your perfume whilst you dress.

Still in bed I see your reflection

And your silhouette passing in the shadows.

You are a dream of a dream

Of a line verse

Forgotten in slumber.

Gregory Arena is 54 and   lives in Bergamo in Northern Ita...

July 1, 2017

Bulletin Board

Each morning on the news

we hear another threat,

currently schools

the victims

of dissatisfied students

eager to pay back

the system that warped them.

We are now acclimatized

to lunatics attacking

malls, the workplace, movie houses,

low or middle-income targets,

wh...

July 1, 2017

THOUGHTS WHILE FILLETING A FISH

As the lake gulps down the sun,

I enter the shadow of my cabin,

carrying my fly rod and creel.

Clematis and rhododendron lay

down their scent in a carpet

that thrills my senses. Warblers

trill from shadows in the shrubs.

The trout on the counter...

July 1, 2017

TANKA

Come up from the Pile.

Decontaminate, shower,

grab a cot, some sleep-

Can’t go home today, tonight.

Have to dig, find my brother.

NOT LIKE ORPHEUS

I made myself stay in the passenger

seat, used my asthma as an excuse,

rolled up the windows when we

got to the Pile, let oth...

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