"You're Gonna Make It After All!"

Near the spot in the street where it happened.

"It was hard work, working on my work, at work today."

What are you working on now? What challenges are you facing? What new adventures? There's the work we do at our jobs or at school, the work in relationships at home or with our family, friends and community, and the work within. So, what are you working on now?

Okay, I'll start. Since I write poems about much of what I'm noodling or have puzzled through, here's some of the writing I'm working on now:

A poem about Oprah and Eckhart having a conversation when she's ninety, about what Truth is and whether or not God exists.

A poem about grief as a tomb on the floor of the ocean, and the decision to return from the depths, to rise and resurface to air and sunlight.

A poem about passionate love, about wanting to be in control of the emotions, to be care-full and respectful, trusting and trustworthy, and wanting to surrender more and more deeply and completely.

A poem about our debt to the earth and our response or lack thereof.

And the novel about Patricia's passing, and what illness and grief teach us about courage and devotion.

So, what are you working on now, at your job, at home, or within? If you're embarking on a great challenge or a new adventure, remember the words from the Mary Tyler Moore song..."You're gonna make it after all!"

If whatever you're working on is too heavy to think about now, like Scarlet O'Hara, you can think about it tomorrow. For now, what does your screen saver look like these days? Mine is the spaghetti scene from Lady and the Tramp, where their noses haven't yet met, but the spaghetti strand is getting shorter. The look of hopefulness, love, and caring in their eyes.

Some upcoming events that may be of interest to Cali poets or visitors:

7:30, Thur 9/19, Al Young, California Poet Laureate, Emeritus, will be at Becket Books, SF
4:30, Sat 9/28, "100,000 Poets for Change" will be at Oceana Arts Gallery, in Pacifica.