Grew up on books, by books, in books — Made friends, went places, Had adventures, learned things — And it was as real as anything is, For I really Felt it. Went off on books, through books, under books — Thought for myself (with a little help) — Grew up, grew hard, Grew fast, grew … Continue reading ""

the merits of the cake

the party of the first part, considering the merits of the cake, adjudged the occasion worthy of the risk, taking advantage of the outrageously low fares available at all times to dreamers everywhere, which was the icing of the thing, or perhaps just the predictable result of a mind bent on discovering how and why … Continue reading "the merits of the cake"

Robert Grosseteste

To all those Doing great things That they don’t realize are great To the teachers — The helpers, the guides Pointing others to places they may Never see, themselves To the person of action, Whose greatest moments may be Those of imagination There is a place of honor for you, And others like you, Because … Continue reading "Robert Grosseteste"

All Those Yesterdays Ago

All those yesterdays ago The nights were filled with you and me; Where life would lead we couldn’t know; It’s just as well. For we must be Like leaves that drop into a river, Heading out to open sea — All those yesterdays ago We had a taste of dining on Infinity

A Forward Look

The breadth that is this breath Of all I’ve had, it is the only For what is present is all that really is, There is no more than this From this my bed, I look out on the mountains of What is to come The sun is beckoning to me, Her rays like fingers lightly … Continue reading "A Forward Look"

Born of Water

My father was born of fire, My mother was born of air, For his was a life of desire, And hers was to go everywhere — My brother was born of the earth, the earth With his feet on the ground since the day of his birth; But I was of water born I think … Continue reading "Born of Water"


Some things you learn at school They didn’t mean to teach: How mean girls get the shine Of more than just their bleach And how geometry Can teach the would-be lover For each two sides that match There is a side Left over