Heavy Weather

Heavy the oar to him who’s tired,

lightened by the sunset over the harbor.

Heavy is the saltwatered, rain-watered oilcloth coat,

drying beside the sleeping sailor and fireplace.

Morning’s red sky and heavy the sea.



Heavy the Oar to Him Who is Tired, Heavy the Coat, Heavy the Sea, 1929 by Ivan Albright, American, 1897-1983, oil on canvas


The Blank Page

Just enough snow to make us believe

the day is a blank page and

on these faint lines we can write

a short story with a happy ending.



The window screen divides the scene

into thousands of pixels, and each one

will need to be filled, black or white,

on or off, here or not here.

A crossword puzzle we can never complete.