Autumn rain hits hard and cold

outside the Temple, after the long taxi ride;

empty inside, but warm & inviting 

He forgot his umbrella,

his mom will be upset when

she finds out;

every man for himself 

We can’t forget this night,

apples dipped in honey,

toasting another sweet year

as we wipe away the rain 

hopefully, not to bring any more pain—

& the fevers

of sickness and loneliness 

are not wanted now,

the trees are still covered in green,

full of wet leaves,

still sweet-looking.

Girl with wonderous eyes, 

she stayed & sovereigned so 

even though she never thought 

she would be in charge for 70 years. 

Born third in line, 

she was a normal princess. 

But, thanks to her uncle and father, 

she was first, in everything.   

Her nation became modern under her watch. 

Even with scandals, she stood firm, 

riding out storms, wars & the terrible years 

when her family & countrymen experienced their growing pains. 

She received the hardest job as a young wife and mother. 

Now her descendants & subjects dot the Earth 

as spirits showed off a double rainbow at Buckingham palace, 

the very minute she passed away in Scotland. 

Amidst the tears, Lillibet,  

you stood firm & true. 

What would we do now 

without you? 

While others drink pumpkin & apple-favored drinks,

a new chill fills the air

as the kids return to school.

Hopefully all will be well—

A new chill fills the air.

Fear is slowly disappearing. 

Hopefully all will be well

before the next disaster hits.

Fear is slowly disappearing. 

People are smiling again.

Before the next disaster hits,

we will wrap ourselves in new sweaters!

People are smiling again.

As the kids return to school,

we will wrap ourselves in new sweaters

while others drink pumpkin & apple-favored drinks—

Now that the morning’s gust of air is cool— 

could we all come out to play 

before you kids go back to school?  

Maybe today? 

Could we all come out to play 

while the sun beats hot?  

Maybe today? 

We can’t be foolish 

while the sun beats hot, 

(& you, drink plenty of water) 

We can’t be foolish 

but we want to get some iced coffee 

& you, drink plenty of water 

before you kids go back to school! 

But we want to get some iced coffee 

now that the morning’s gust of air is cool— 

The light glimmering from the trees—

the schoolgirls’ long socks look perfect as they talk together

Between temples and majestic trees,

she wanders alone in the soft evening.

A wedding procession, charmed by trees

& flowers; as they approached the temple

she remembered her wedding day. The trees 

in New York seemed so miniature then—

Now moved to L.A., the palm trees

seem like friendly aliens.

The paper tree 

of dreams and wishes

haunt her as the shadows of the trees

paint the Pacific Sugar moon.

The blue marble in his head took over for a while 

when he saw a dark spot in a patch of bright light. 

His head that was full of heavy nervousness— 

for a moment, suddenly, grew very still. 

Was the dark spot something evil, 

or a random part of nothingness? 

Should we cast a blind-eye to the sight 

of hidden stars, each lasting a lengthy dog’s smile? 

And the humidity’s too high today— 

another trip to a new park   

is cancelled. Too darn hot outside! 

When will we finally enjoy Summer? 

Another trip to a new park  

bit the dust, thanks to falling rain. 

When will we finally enjoy Summer? 

Now the winds come in; the clouds are heavy; the hot air 

bit the dust, thanks to falling rain. 

It’s too windy to sail on the Hudson.  

Now the winds come in; the clouds are heavy; the hot air 

dissipates, but only for a while. 

It’s too windy; the sail on the Hudson 

is cancelled. Too darn hot outside! 

(dissipates but only for a while) 

and the humidity’s too high today. 

But brides still want to get married in June! 

Waiting for the Strawberry moon to wax & wane 

golden, like honey – their honey’s holding them 

sweetly on their honeymoon, & they kiss deeply. 

Waiting for the Strawberry moon to wax & wane, 

newly-minted partners enter the parade route  

sweetly on their honeymoon, & they kiss deeply 

as their fingers intertwine with a rainbow flag. 

Newly-minted partners enter the parade route.  

To legally love & live with each other is a right. 

As their fingers intertwine with a rainbow flag, 

this is that they have been fighting for: 

to legally love & live with each other is a right.

Golden, like honey – their honey’s holding them. 

This is that they have been fighting for! 

(But brides still want to get married in June …) 

Is the big storm coming now? 

The full Flower Moon is finally here! 

Will the winds tear off the flowers? 

Moon’s eclipse has peaked while we were sleeping. 

The full Flower Moon is finally here! 

They are predicting tornados tonight— 

Moon’s eclipse has peaked while we were sleeping. 

Should we hide in the bathtub until it’s over? 

They are predicting tornados tonight— 

Nevertheless, maybe heavy rain. 

Should we hide in the bathtub until it’s over? 

Time to brew herbal tea— 

Nevertheless, maybe heavy rain. 

Will the winds tear off the flowers? 

Time to brew herbal tea— 

Is the big storm coming now?