Category Archives: Free Verse

Paper Snow Ball Fight


Grown ups gather on one side of the room

Youth on the other, small and large,

Glad and gleeful, preschool

to  highschool, waist high

to sky high, all helping

Each other.

Each of us gathers to our chest

a clutch of paper snowballs, two years

of recycling smashed into

tough, round balls, like eggs

we tend and nurture,

And toss with force and abandon,

Wild and true.


Kurt unleashes the first volley,

Moving in on the kids with a twinkle

Behind his glasses,  his belly

A shield bouncing balls back

Like a secret weapon.

Evan dashes out to the front,

Five-year-old eyes shining like a warrior,

his hands scooping and tossing, scooping

and aiming, rocketing forward like a launch pad,

sending balls soaring with true finesse.

I hide behind the barricade

of an overturned  table, unsure

Of how I feel about children

Acting out their aggression against elders,

Until I see our faces reflected

In the window, old, happy,

Lighted by delight,

Released to recess,

Kids again

Each year, for the annual

paper snow ball fight.



Hand Knitting


Her left hand sits sideways

Like a ladder, climbing to the sky

Each finger a rung held together

by ropes of yarn.

Her right hand climbs,

Unreeling the skein and winding it

around each finger, looping over and under

And over, until every finger is bound

To the next, unable to move.

Then the right hand

climbs to the top of the fingers,

perches precariously and begins to work,

lifting the loop of yarn and tossing it

over the top of the finger, like Peter

Lowering the rope over the Wolf’s head,

Catching him fast

In a net.

As she knits, the back of her hand

Flips over to show the growing rope,

Not  a net, but a ladder of lovely links,

Each rung helping her

Climb to the stars.