Saturday, November 29, 2008

newish lines

The owner glides across parquet floors,
a cushion of air beneath his tassles.
The cuneiform you can’t read says
judge something something slave mutter
mutter something something
then king.
You know what you are.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

another goodbye

Cleveland--and the wider world of writing--has lost a bright light: fiction writer, beloved teacher, mother, wife, and friend to many, Sheila Schwartz, whose sardonic wit was always a pleasure. Blessings to her family, friends, and students.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

unusual day

I don't remember an election day like today: my windows are open, I can hear the gulls out over the water, and I already voted along with many many other folks.

It'll be near 70 today, and I hope many people take the day off.

I'm giving my students "extra-credit" if they wear their "I Voted Today" stickers.

Am relieved Ohio isn't the sole "decider" that it has been, but I don't like living in a toss-up state.

Is it my imagination, or are perfect strangers being more civil to each other?

Monday, November 3, 2008

crazy obama fans

Two of the 80,000 folks at the Obama rally, downtown Cleveland, November 2.