Free Magic Wands

Dear President Biden, I’ll go back later, when it’s light out, and snap a picture for posterity’s sake but in the mean time here’s a haiku portrait: Lime green bucket oflong-stemmed alliums labeled“Magic Wands – Take One.”* May we all be safe to find and use whatever magic wands might be at hand.May we be …

Here we are

Dear President Biden, I’m not sure I can muster even a decent haiku under the current circumstances, but here goes: Inside my cocoonI feel safe. And powerless.But out is scary. Indeed. The sky is blue, the wind is calm, the traffic is quiet this morning but we are a world of mounting, creeping, lurching, hurtling …

Weevils and worms

Dear President Biden, This morning I started a cup of dried chickpeas soaking in water so I could make falafel for dinner tonight. It was to be a Sunday treat – “was” being the operative word here. After several hours I looked into the bowl to check on the plumping progress and noticed some weird …

Safety haiku

Dear President Biden, This morning our Senior Minister, the Reverend Dr. Kelle Brown, preached on “Entrances and Exits” for Palm Sunday, juxtaposing Jesus’s triumphal entrance into Jerusalem with his horrifying exit from this life via crucifixion. In unpacking her understanding of what happened to Jesus at this crucial juncture she lifted up the idea that …

Grief haiku I

Dear President Biden, Thank you for sharing in our collective grief and mirroring it back to us today as we attempt to wrap our minds, and more importantly, our hearts, around the staggering numbers of US who have died from COVID-19 this past year. I love how you talked about each of those people having …

Gratitude haiku II

Dear President Biden, I’m pretty much out of steam and so tonight I’m sending another gratitude haiku to you because as horrible as our overall COVID numbers are and as sad and infuriating as the weather-related deaths in the South and Southwest are, I’m grateful you’re trying to make things better and not worse. It’s …