In the Storm
Art and kindness are corks in the storm.
Courage is an island, settled by women.
Few men have pants as the plundering
and soiling of the unspoiled begins.
Refugees and journalists share cells.
Fear and hate ripple through the alleys.
Weaponization and paranoia date.
Neighbors look and gossip with disdain
at the galleon of pirates and profiteers.
Safety pens and paper clips clasp
discontented into song and movement,
reverberating in marble courts of mutiny.
Has published a book of poetry, Nostalgia Resides in the Marrow, and contributed to the Virginia Literary Journal and The Aquillrelle Wall of Poetry, Book Six.