2024 Albuquerque American Place


So, It Begins!
So, You Commence
— A Life
of your making —
— Decisions of your choosing —

The long hike
to the summit
So, that you may stand
and see the vistas
of your Independence!

that even when we
are not walking with you…

May we be
the shoes that support you
may we comfort your steps
and offer solid footing

May we be
the staff
that guides you,
carries the burden,
offers a moment of rest
among steep grounds

May we be
your basecamp
where you re-supply
and sleep before
the next ascension

No matter
where you tread
In Body
Mind and
We are with You
Beaming with Pride
and Hopeful
For the Man
That you have

Albuquerque American Place

A moment of silence for John Cummings

2024 Albuquerque American Place New Mexico Poems Poems of a Nature

Slow and Steady

The Snow
Falling through
The Air
Low Clouds hanging near

Warmer here
Than when the wind howls
Across a stark Blue Sky

Calm out here
On The Trail
Revealed Only by the
Running ahead of me
By the new Falling
Easy to lose your way
When a white blanket
Softens every inch
Of The Foothills

Acuity Clear
As the miles
Cure Anxieties
Of a week hard trodden
No truer sense of Purpose
Than keeping one foot
Steady in front of
The Other.

2023 Albuquerque American Place New Mexico Poems

for CH

I wish that I
………………could find something to say…
A clever story to ease the pain.
……A silly meme
………………to change your mood…
Ah, alas, what to do?
……When we’ve lost another friend!
A legend, a titan, a Gentleman.

What is one to do but
……………….to sit in silence.
Await the guns to fire!
And the trumpets to
……Call the triumph
Of the Heavenly Father
Who welcomes him
And, remember the place
……..In our hearts
……Where his light
……..Has shone!

Albuquerque American Place Footnotes

A moment of silence for Courtney “The Flash” Hines

2023 Albuquerque American Place Bird Song Garden Psalms New Mexico Poems

Bird Song 23

Can you hear me calling you?
Can you hear me sing?

Could you, would you, love me?
Care for our offspring?

If you would only have me
I could be complete!

So, this song I sing

For you to find
Me sweet!

2023 Albuquerque American Place Poems


This condition
All my skin falling off of me
All my hair sticking out in
Odd places
Or Not growing at all
As if it Gave Up
on its status (gave into stasis)
My deeply vetted grooves
around eyes and mouth
That have dug in so deep
as I have worried and frowned!
Or that gray hair growing out of
My Third Eye
As if reaching to heaven
to absorb the light.
We call it a pixel
on the top of my head.
I am all too quite sure
that it comes from my dread.
But it’s OK, cause even though
I’m getting older and it’s starting to show
–We regenerate every 8 years or so…
I’ve entered my last 3 cycles
Where it all starts to go
(To Hell…)

2023 Albuquerque American Place Garden Psalms Poems Poems of a Nature

Earth Day

On this Earth Day 23
It’s a beautiful Day to Be
Out in the sun even as the wind carries
A warm spring day to make us cheery!

As we clear away clutter
That’s made such a mess,
Like a shed full of old camping gear
And a garage full of Christmas.

We think of how lucky to live on the earth
Sunny sun, diggy dirt, wet water, seedy birth
It all starts today and there’s so much to do
Bursts of growth, reaching out to see you

The Gardener who patiently watches time fly by
As everything at once blooms with life
And welcomes the death with all its fertility
As it brings forth new life and new creativity.

2023 Albuquerque American Place Ars Musica Breaking Muse Poems

Broken Neck

I was so excited
……for the new notes
Wanted to hear them
……in the digital soak
Strapped button gave way…
My little girl fell flat on her face!
Broke her neck and
Stole her song.
Made me cry all night long.
No more wah wah
No more crunch
Until the epoxy
Restores her trunk
Stronger than her original form
where she needs to be strung
where she must strike a chord

We hope and pray for her speedy recovery.
May the Gods of Metal answer her
Urgent inquiry!

2023 Albuquerque American Place New Mexico Poems

Saving Daylight

How will we SAVE
Could we put it in our Jars?
Keep it in your pocket
’til you need another hour.