Gated Community

From the April 2015 Print Edition

The buyer signed the contract smugly sure The guarded walls he’d bought would keep away The street-game children, noisy in their play; The beggars, hungry, hideous, and poor; The Bible salesmen coming door to door; Annoying relatives, who’d overstay; Do-gooder activists, with things to say. . . . . Continue Reading »


From the October 2013 Print Edition

You’re with us still, your names engraved in stone, ?Inscribed in bronze, recited every May. ?Fresh flowers”mums, carnations, roses”say ?The pain’s still fresh: our grieving’s never done. ?Your serried graveyard markers”though you’re gone” ?Compel . . . . Continue Reading »


From the January 2012 Print Edition

The women knew their effort was in vain: No box of unguent, myrrh, or aloes could Prevent the corpse from rotting; muscles would ”with bones and sinews”turn to dust again. The body, pierced and bruised, had two nights lain Entombed behind a massive stone that stood Between these women . . . . Continue Reading »

Ultimate Grammar

From the December 2010 Print Edition

Our is , our are , our am ”all melt away To was and were , the markers of a grave. The sweet infinitives we hope to save” To sing , to cheer , to love , to kiss , to play ” Prove finite: for to die will end their stay. Carousing , feasting ”gerunds that we crave” . . . . Continue Reading »

Bayside Immortals

From the October 2008 Print Edition

San Francisco has not allowed burials within its city limits for over a century. Please come to Mount Parnassus for the view: The winding streets, the flowered hills, the dock, The cable cars, the Ferry Tower clock, The Golden Gate against Pacific blue. Select a play, or cabaret”a new . . . . Continue Reading »