Tag Archive: empathy

Twice Empty

Another's sadness
makes me so sad

Chagall 2020

The Conditional

If you follow a butterfly's flight intently,
hold it unswerving in the palm of your eye,
trace every turn, each subtle winged gesture, 
emboss on your mind her cursive persuasion...

ultimately she will alight on you

Chagall 2020

Trial Run

Walk a mile in my shoes…
but then bring them back
’cause I got to go to work.

Chagall 2019

Communal Living

Every year around this time witnesses the return of
the cicada killer wasps: their sole purpose in life is
to fight, even to die, in the war against cicada.

They land their bodies on my hot pavers, the straight-away
between the porches is a landing field for sassy doughboys,
chewing gum, sun in their eyes, alive another day.

I get out the hose and assist them in training, parrying
with sprinkler and jet and soaker settings, preparing them for
aerial bug-fight, cicadas are fierce opponents
with an innate understanding of prime numbers.

I had a huge party this weekend and I gathered the cicada killer wasps
around and I told them it was the front of the house for the rest of the day
and they listened. That night while packing up the tent and the chairs
they came back and settled into their usual spot. The leader,
oddly one of the youngest, came over and said, “You miss everybody,
i can tell,” hovered a moment and then flew off to the shade of the boxwoods.

© Chagall ∞



People like us just know
where all the stashes would be.

© Chagall 2015

Once Removed


I’m not saying step away,
I’m saying step back a bit
and give us both room to breathe.

© Chagall 2015

Fine Line


I’m not certain
that my unhappiness
over your sadness
and my desire for you
to be nothing but happy
is really the same
as loving you

© Chagall 2015

Haiku For In Echelon

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The red hawk appears
whenever I grasp meaning,
together minds soar.

© Chagall 2014

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