Thursday, December 31, 2009

386

When Boss is crabby
More gets done. But when Dad is
Crabby, walls get built

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

385

Will you make a choice
About where to be crabby
At work or at home

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

384

While telling stories
She snuggles and falls asleep
Both peaceful and safe

Monday, December 28, 2009

383

The rule for haiku
Just seventeen syllables
And one complete thought

Sunday, December 27, 2009

382

A sliver of blue
In a sea of puffy pink
Lipstick on a pig

Saturday, December 26, 2009

381

People at the zoo
Diff’rent in so many ways
And yet all the same

Friday, December 25, 2009

380

A wise old proverb
Do not fear moving slowly
Do fear standing still

Thursday, December 24, 2009

379

Doesn’t freedom need
Clean water and energy
To be enduring?

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

378

Sure, I’ll watch your kids
What? You’re not here to ask me?
Guess I can’t say no

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

377

Looking at pictures
They laugh at what they once were
Only I recall

Monday, December 21, 2009

376

Days pass so slowly
Except when looking back. Then
They seem to fly by

Sunday, December 20, 2009

375

How long does it take
To go from stressed to relaxed?
Need a whole weekend

Saturday, December 19, 2009

374

How long does it take
To go from relaxed to stressed?
Just snap your fingers

Friday, December 18, 2009

373

Fame, fortune and love
Validation that their words
Speak truth to others

Thursday, December 17, 2009

372

Write Camp Milwaukee
A gathering of writers
All want the same thing

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

371

Some recital pieces
Are over before they start
Others never end

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

370

Address the whole world
Show them and show your nation
New ways of being

Monday, December 14, 2009

369

Just deal with him straight
You’ll find the best outcome and
He will respect you

Sunday, December 13, 2009

368

I created you
I’ll torture you forever
So love me or else

Saturday, December 12, 2009

367

He screams like a girl
Don’t compare him to others
Just love who he is

Friday, December 11, 2009

366

Fiction is not real
Bad fiction just entertains
While good reveals truth

Thursday, December 10, 2009

365

A year of haiku
One per day and more waiting
A whim becomes need

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

364

Hopes, dreams and passions
They used to take center stage
Now wait in the wings

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

363

I love my Daddy
When he takes me swimming and
When he reads me books

Monday, December 7, 2009

362

As parents we know
What’s best for their cuts and scrapes
But not for our own

Sunday, December 6, 2009

361

Tore off the band-aid
His eyes wet with betrayal
Pain deep but short-lived

Saturday, December 5, 2009

360

Doing what I shouldn’t
Thwarting my own hopes and dreams
Need to stay focused

Friday, December 4, 2009

359

Headed for trouble
No parents to set boundaries
Starved for affection

Thursday, December 3, 2009

358

Caught him playing house
Arm around the neighbor girl
Wasn’t his idea

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

357

Dad turned seventy
Outlived all previous men
Live on borrowed time

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

356

At the same time ask
Why we fight and who we are
One nation or world?

Monday, November 30, 2009

355

Memorial Day
Observed with flags and parades
Honor those who serve

Sunday, November 29, 2009

354

We are all programmed
Truths given not discovered
Our thoughts not our own

Saturday, November 28, 2009

353

Dandelions grow
In all yards. Some folks pull them
Others let them be

Friday, November 27, 2009

352

They gave good feedback
Approaching it cold they saw
Things I could not see

Thursday, November 26, 2009

351

Like a game of chess
I move my pawns while other
Pieces move themselves

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

350

Waiting to decide
Or waiting to implement?
Can’t tell them apart

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

348

Writing a novel
Fiction taken from my life
What’s real and what’s not?

Monday, November 23, 2009

347

Redbird Studio
I don’t know what to expect
Going there tonight

Sunday, November 22, 2009

346

What’s best for the team?
What’s best for me? For the firm?
Which takes precedence?

Saturday, November 21, 2009

345

Poignant dilemma
Torn between worry and love
He’s scared, he’s stupid

Friday, November 20, 2009

344

Won’t open his mouth
No matter what tricks she plays
He’s made up his mind

Thursday, November 19, 2009

343

But if Oprah chose
To show kids struck by lightning
Would that cause fear too?

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

342

Saw it on Oprah
Boys bullied to suicide
Fears for our own son

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

341

She owns the business
Runs it only way she can
Creature of habit

Monday, November 16, 2009

340

Calling Switzerland
Sending an apology
Through seven time zones

Sunday, November 15, 2009

339

Don’t catch the swine flu
Stay out of Mexico and
Keep washing your hands

Saturday, November 14, 2009

338

Talking on the phone
Telling me about his day
A thrill for us both

Friday, November 13, 2009

337

Hannover went well
Buyers are still buying things
Business looking up

Thursday, November 12, 2009

336

Living in a fog
Codiene in my cough syrup
Can’t seem to focus

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

335

Upgrade to first class
On a hundred dollar flight
To the Twin Cities

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

334

Comments on a blog
Sound snarky and insecure
Do they hurt or help?

Monday, November 9, 2009

333

His car won some races
It was faster than I thought
But still no trophies

Sunday, November 8, 2009

332

Don’t get distracted
Focus where you have impact
Use your time wisely

Saturday, November 7, 2009

331

The Pinewood Derby
Blends fun and disappointment
Winners and losers

Friday, November 6, 2009

330

No fever, no flu
That tightness is bronchitis
Take pills and get well

Thursday, November 5, 2009

329

Sick with the flu bug
I’m shivering one minute
And sweating the next

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

328

Raise expectations
You set them, know it or not
Push yourself, your team

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

327

Make a decision
Get facts and input, but you
Must make decisions

Monday, November 2, 2009

326

Top three for leaders
Not based on special wisdom
Off top of my head

Sunday, November 1, 2009

325

I'm proud of my son
He's beginning to stand up
Wanting to become

Saturday, October 31, 2009

324

She fulfilled our dreams
Proudest achievement of man
Broken by nature

Friday, October 30, 2009

323

Yourself in their place
The only way to convince
Them to take action

Thursday, October 29, 2009

322

Little by little
I see changes marking his growth
Subtle but present

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

321

Choose to be happy
Find the joy inside each task
Only have one life

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

320

Still waiting for Spring
Sick of the cold and the snow
Shouldn’t April be warm?

Monday, October 26, 2009

319

Someone’s not happy
Ev’ry decision you make
Don’t even know who

Sunday, October 25, 2009

318

You make decisions
Then spend time calming the waves
They make in your pool

Saturday, October 24, 2009

317

I sold my first book
Amazon dot com gave me
Thirty-five percent

Friday, October 23, 2009

316

Sick and overwhelmed
So much to do and to be
Life defined by chaos

Thursday, October 22, 2009

315

Now they dictate more
Than Caesars of ancient Rome
Believe it, it’s true

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

314

Expanding the scope
Of presidential power
One builds on the next

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

313

My daily routine
Keeps me busy and steady
Does it bring success?

Monday, October 19, 2009

312

He’s playing a game
His stakes much lower than mine
I’ve got more to lose

Sunday, October 18, 2009

311

His life a journey
Spent looking down at his feet
Walking towards darkness

Saturday, October 17, 2009

310

Tom slumps in his chair
Lets the phone fall to the floor
Paralyzed and trapped

Friday, October 16, 2009

309

Too tired to work out
Getting old and slowing down
Just go back to bed

Thursday, October 15, 2009

308

Look at his panel
They’re great Americans, too
Cowboy hats and all

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

307

No doubt about it
He’s a great American
And he knows you’re not

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

306

Blockage in his brain
Keeps us locked in same pattern
A battle of wills

Monday, October 12, 2009

305

He’s a diff’rent kid
In school than he is at home
His teacher says so

Sunday, October 11, 2009

304

End with a question
Adds depth and higher meaning
Or just a gimmick?

Saturday, October 10, 2009

303

Now there’s help buttons
Home Depot learned it from Lowe’s
Are they now the same?

Friday, October 9, 2009

302

Work on my day off
Check email and make phone calls
It’s hard to unwind

Thursday, October 8, 2009

301

Write to reveal truth
Entertain and educate
Employ strategy

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

300

Employing my strengths
Not things I do well, but things
That make me feel strong

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

299

Thanks for calling, Ben
Wait, don’t go, are you all right?
Thanks for calling, son

Monday, October 5, 2009

298

Took him to the doc
Just sat while the others played
Test said no strep throat

Sunday, October 4, 2009

297

Son stayed home from school
Fever, cough and runny nose
A germ factory

Saturday, October 3, 2009

296

Chill still in the air
Sun rising and birds chirping
Spring is on the way

Friday, October 2, 2009

295

Black reflective tile
The distant hum of machines
Air warm and scented

Thursday, October 1, 2009

294

Frustration inside
Bubbles up, pours like lava
What will it destroy?

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

293

Blew up at my son
Lost my cool and scared him bad
Daddy’s a monster

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

292

Had lunch with a friend
Talked about me and my life
Not much about hers

Monday, September 28, 2009

291

Leaders serve others
The team’s interests before theirs
The Army says so

Sunday, September 27, 2009

290

A wall between them
One Tom decided to build
But now it’s too high

Saturday, September 26, 2009

289

Loves to do magic
But clumsy, he reveals trick
Cute and frustrating

Friday, September 25, 2009

288

Dad? Are you still there?
Tom trying to speak, trying
To say how he feels

Thursday, September 24, 2009

287

Won’t clean up his room
No matter how much I yell
He’s no longer cowed

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

286

The art museum
A place of expression and
Learning to express

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

285

Moments of silence
As Tom struggles with his pride
He wants, but can’t ask

Monday, September 21, 2009

284

Mark, Matthew, John, Luke
Four steps on a winding path
Myth to history

Sunday, September 20, 2009

283

Buy four cases of wine
Two for us and two four friends
Pile them in back seat

Saturday, September 19, 2009

282

Drive through Chicago
Get there in time for rush hour
Two hours to Gurnee

Friday, September 18, 2009

281

Life is so funny
Early morning belches and laughs
A room split three ways

Thursday, September 17, 2009

280

Time keeps ticking by
Seconds, minutes, hours and days
Wait for what won’t come

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

279

Yes. What do you want?
What do I want? You called me
I didn’t call you, Dad

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

278

That’s why they pay him
Stand up to the big issues
Without and within

Monday, September 14, 2009

277

Why am I afraid
To broach difficult subjects?
A boss just says them

Sunday, September 13, 2009

276

The Dow keeps falling
Through nine, eight, seven thousand
Where is the bottom?

Saturday, September 12, 2009

275

Snow falls from the sky
On people rushing to work
We struggle; it falls

Friday, September 11, 2009

274

Reading Moby-Dick
For the last time. Still drawn by
Theme but not by prose

Thursday, September 10, 2009

273

Raised a good Cath’lic
And pregnant at seventeen
Are they connected?

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

272

Good friends and neighbors
Wine, beer and appetizers
We host Round Robin

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

271

Tom accepts the phone
His mind filled with suspicion
Hi, Ben, is that you?

Monday, September 7, 2009

270

Sue holds out the phone
Just take it, you proud old fool
Ben is on the phone

Sunday, September 6, 2009

269

Ben is on the phone?
I did not hear the phone ring
Has he called for me?

Saturday, September 5, 2009

268

She runs through the house
Calling out for Tom to come
Ben is on the phone!

Friday, September 4, 2009

267

A lengthy silence
Benjamin, he’s your father
Okay. Put him on

Thursday, September 3, 2009

266

Pain in my stomach
Hernia, ulcer or worse?
Body breaking down

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

265

I play the parts, but
Where am I in all these roles?
Am I each or all?

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

264

Many roles to play
Husband, father, son, brother
Servant, boss and coach

Monday, August 31, 2009

263

Hi, Ma, how are you?
I’m well, but it’s your father
Will you talk to him?

Sunday, August 30, 2009

262

She calls Ben later
From a back room, whispering
So Tom cannot hear

Saturday, August 29, 2009

261

The food sustains him
But provides no nourishment
Life without healing

Friday, August 28, 2009

260

Driving to Tucson
And back to Phoenix. Two trips
And two sets of thoughts

Thursday, August 27, 2009

259

Is he well behaved?
Does he listen to reason?
Will he help others?

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

258

Missing my children
But unable to show it
Must focus on work

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

257

Now eating the meal
Chewing and swallowing. Not
Talking about Ben

Monday, August 24, 2009

256

Go sit down, Sue says
Supper will be ready soon
We’ll call Ben after

Sunday, August 23, 2009

255

He should want to call
I am his father. Why should
He need to be tricked?

Saturday, August 22, 2009

253

Two Americas
Not split between rich and poor
But by left and right

Friday, August 21, 2009

252

He will, she assures
I’ll call, get him on the phone
Then pass him to you

Thursday, August 20, 2009

251

He’s my son, Tom cries
Old wounds opening anew
He should speak to me

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

250

He trembles and whines
Cowers in fear. But he will
Not do what I say

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

249

She tries to evade
You know how busy he is
He has his own life

Monday, August 17, 2009

248

Did Ben call today?
Standing in the kitchen door
In his slippered feet

Sunday, August 16, 2009

247

Cancer of the bones
We’ll remove your left pelvis
You’ll not walk again

Saturday, August 15, 2009

246

She does not answer
Pretending she didn’t hear
It will upset him

Friday, August 14, 2009

245

At home now she cooks
While Tom sits and watches the news
Did Ben call today?

Thursday, August 13, 2009

244

Bus driver helps Sue
Get Tom off his bus just so
The bus can go on

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

243

She shouts back, defends
Her man. He’s good. He works hard.
He’s just old and tired

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

242

The passengers yell
Wake up, get off, lazy bum!
We want to go home!

Monday, August 10, 2009

241

Just leave me be, Sue
I’m old and used up and no
Good for anything

Sunday, August 9, 2009

240

Get up, you old fool
You've fallen asleep again
What am I to do?

Saturday, August 8, 2009

239

Sue comes to get him
Waiting to make the bus stop
Shaking Tom awake

Friday, August 7, 2009

238

Tom sleeps on the bus
After working hard all day
Sometimes misses his stop

Thursday, August 6, 2009

237

Started her business
Five years to make a profit
She’s well on her way

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

236

We are cynical
But we are holding out hope
This time is diff’rent

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

235

Ninety-minute talk
For one hundred CEOs
Forty thousand bucks

Monday, August 3, 2009

234

And most important
Two characters with only
One syllable names

Sunday, August 2, 2009

233

What would it be like?
Each poem a discrete thought
Together a plot

Saturday, August 1, 2009

232

Is it possible
To write a novel as a
Series of haiku?

Friday, July 31, 2009

231

A child’s psychosis
A doctor’s clinical stare
A parent’s anguish

Thursday, July 30, 2009

230

A glimpse through the blinds
Reveals children’s books and toys
In a waiting room

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

229

Each time I walk by
The child psychologist’s door
I feel stark sadness

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

228

Don’t believe in God?
How can your life have meaning?
How can you be good?

Monday, July 27, 2009

227

It’s a charter school
For all the children but yours
We just don’t like you

Sunday, July 26, 2009

226

Help around the house?
Don’t I shop, cook, make the beds
And do the laundry?

Saturday, July 25, 2009

225

I need a weekend
Two days of quiet peace mixed
With four hours of work

Friday, July 24, 2009

224

Choose what you will do
And make sure you get it done
You can’t do it all

Thursday, July 23, 2009

223

Opposing views. On
Economic stimulus?
Or social justice?

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

222

Need to get things done
Need to always be doing
Avoid wasting time

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

221

What does it mean when
You’re easy to distract from
What you want to do?

Monday, July 20, 2009

220

Got meetings today
And more meetings tomorrow
They are what I do

Sunday, July 19, 2009

219

I'll stop responding
Won't even open Outlook
Get so much more done

Saturday, July 18, 2009

218

It's seven degrees
Freezing while the car warms up
Why do we live here?

Friday, July 17, 2009

217

Happy times and sad
Showing love and getting mad
All shape how they grow

Thursday, July 16, 2009

216

Building a network
Is like planting seeds and not
Knowing what will grow

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

215

Fighting with my wife
Both wanting diff’rent things from
Lives that take not give

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

214

Stuck in Los Cabos
Part of the great adventure
Take it as it comes

Monday, July 13, 2009

213

Up at two-thirty
A tired voice questions why
Routine keeps me calm

Sunday, July 12, 2009

212

Must find time to think
Write down your thoughts and decide
What needs to be said

Saturday, July 11, 2009

211

Cutting the budget
A chance to show leadership
Will I measure up?

Friday, July 10, 2009

210

Walking the same path
Thought it would lead to new places
Fear it’s a circle

Thursday, July 9, 2009

209

Going on a trip
Out of touch but focused in
A balancing act

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

208

A single concept
Boiled down to its essence
Haiku distills truth

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

207

Gliding on the ice
So easy and effortless
Except when I fall

Monday, July 6, 2009

206

Shovel scrapes the ground
Once, twice, a thousand more times
Snowfall will return

Sunday, July 5, 2009

205

Stuck in an hourglass
Boomers above, Y below
Will X choose to lead?

Saturday, July 4, 2009

204

Nine hundred emails
And here I was wigging out
With just two screens full

Friday, July 3, 2009

203

If the time before
Equals the time after, what
Effect can I have?

Thursday, July 2, 2009

202

Rush to get things done
Serve your masters; make tough calls
But don’t hurt feelings

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

201

Winter air is dry
Scratchy throats in the morning
Knuckles cracked and red

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

200

Two hundred haikus
Three thousand four hundred beats
Is there any truth?

Monday, June 29, 2009

199

Just try to stay calm
Act serious and shoot straight
And stick to the facts

Sunday, June 28, 2009

197

One haiku a day
What was I worried about?
Regular like me

Saturday, June 27, 2009

196

New video games
They delight, distract, delay
What do they get done?

Friday, June 26, 2009

195

She hates the music
That helps me remember a
Simpler time and place

Thursday, June 25, 2009

194

Like running errands
Get up, get out, get things done
Beats doing nothing

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

193

Work can be easy
When you set your mind to it
Almost can be fun

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

192

The best book I’ve read
Answer used to come easy
Now no longer sure

Monday, June 22, 2009

191

Mornings at the shop
Coffee and fast Internet
Home away from home

Sunday, June 21, 2009

190

Artists pursue truth
Not so others can see, but
To quench their own thirst

Saturday, June 20, 2009

188

Coughing in the night
Hearts torn to hear them suffer
Brain just needs to sleep

Friday, June 19, 2009

187

Go to Mexico
Get your pills and don’t get sick
Do what must be done

Thursday, June 18, 2009

186

Seven seems closer
To age twelve than to age two
Can I help him grow?

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

185

A good day at work
Checking boxes off my list
Words of thanks and praise

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

184

Leading in a world
That changes its shape each day
Like riding a wave

Monday, June 15, 2009

183

All the signs are there
Pointing the same direction
Start my own movement

Sunday, June 14, 2009

182

Awful night time thoughts
Fears descend while sleep eludes
Still must face the day

Saturday, June 13, 2009

181

Please stop pretending
That I am blocking your way
You decide your fate

Friday, June 12, 2009

180

Purpose-Driven Life
A book of childish ideas
For the child-like mind

Thursday, June 11, 2009

179

Good politicians
Do at the end of the day
What the people want

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

178

Inauguration
A day for looking forward
Break old traditions

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

177

Game of world conquest
Place, attack and fortify
Or just turn in cards

Monday, June 8, 2009

176

New Year’s Eve party
Mix of old friends and strangers
Not sure which are which

Sunday, June 7, 2009

175

Must I stand in line
Behind flavored frothy drinks?
I just want coffee

Saturday, June 6, 2009

174

A day filled with fun
At the Blue Harbor Resort
Red, blue and green slides

Friday, June 5, 2009

173

She takes so much time
Sleeping late and getting dressed
The day is half gone

Thursday, June 4, 2009

172

What things would you change?
If it would happen again?
Less worry, more joy

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

171

Reflect at year’s end
Your life and its direction
Change it if you can

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

170

Boys like to play fight
We’re the good guys; you’re the bad
What does it teach them?

Monday, June 1, 2009

169

Clean out the gutters
Bail out the crock and other
Joys of owning home

Sunday, May 31, 2009

168

Why are you crabby?
I don't want to spend my days
Doing what I do

Saturday, May 30, 2009

167

Want the new iPhone
Too stupid to ask questions
Too cheap to just buy

Friday, May 29, 2009

166

A new marble game
Sixty-four stupid pieces
None fit together

Thursday, May 28, 2009

165

Christmas toys bring joy
Happy squeals and frenzied play
Broke on the first day

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

164

She just keeps eating
Does she see what it’s doing?
Being what she hates

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

163

Growing old each day
Body aches and fat sags down
Outlook stays the same

Monday, May 25, 2009

162

Day before Christmas
All through the office not a
Thing is getting done

Sunday, May 24, 2009

161

Favor for a friend
Sing her praises, get her hired
Does it cross a line?

Saturday, May 23, 2009

160

Cutting the budget
Everyone is doing it
Aren't we different?

Friday, May 22, 2009

159

What is it I like
About painting? The focus,
Pace, and finished look

Thursday, May 21, 2009

158

He won’t play with me
I want him to play with me
I can’t be alone

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

157

He just turned seven
So much his own person but
Still a little boy

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

156

Will my skill sharpen?
Attune myself to my muse?
Or just write forced words?

Monday, May 18, 2009

155

Is it a good thing?
Putting creativity
On a set schedule?

Sunday, May 17, 2009

154

I started a blog
I add to it ev’ry day
Does anyone see?

Saturday, May 16, 2009

153

What am I thinking?
Doing what’s smart or what’s fun
Do I have to choose?

Friday, May 15, 2009

152

Kids come in our bed
They’re cold or sick or frightened
No more sleep for us

Thursday, May 14, 2009

150

Tacos for dinner
Kid-friendly ground beef and grease
Seemed a good idea

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

149

Hardest thing ever
Tempering expectations
Of father and son

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

148

What is your vision?
The goal; the ultimate prize?
Where will you lead them?

Monday, May 11, 2009

147

No meaning in life
Other than what you give it
Blessing and a curse

Sunday, May 10, 2009

146

A Christmas concent
Hanukkah and Kwanzaa too
They do as they're told

Saturday, May 9, 2009

145

Bad economy
A time to slash or invest?
Show strength and not fear

Friday, May 8, 2009

144

Adjectives for each
Diligent, unflappable
Fun game or cruel joke?

Thursday, May 7, 2009

143

Nothing much to do
Caught up on work, phone don’t ring
Why am I restless?

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

142

The holiday news
Sum up only the bright spots
Incomplete but true

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

141

Putting up the tree
Lights, ornaments and a train
Everybody helps

Monday, May 4, 2009

140

So what brings me joy?
My son playing piano
My daughter’s pure laugh

Sunday, May 3, 2009

139

We all need something
To love and look forward to
A thing that brings joy

Saturday, May 2, 2009

138

Strengths came clear and fast
Few connected with the job
But where is weakness?

Friday, May 1, 2009

137

Around the corner
Coming fast and whizzing by
Was that Christmas Day?

Thursday, April 30, 2009

136

Things can get bad, but
Not as bad as you think, and
Better tomorrow

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

135

Need to boil it down
To the most salient points
Phrase them succinctly

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

134

Make your Strong Week Plan
Two things that play to your strengths
Reshape what you do

Monday, April 27, 2009

133

Happy Thanksgiving
Eat the bird but don't forget
What you're thankful for

Sunday, April 26, 2009

132

Why am I afraid?
To call and discuss issues?
Isn't that my job?

Saturday, April 25, 2009

131

He spit in her face
Why? And where did he learn?
It's not me, is it?

Friday, April 24, 2009

130

Monkeys versus birds
A running joke among friends
Once silly, now missed

Thursday, April 23, 2009

129

Want to go bowling?
Yeah! Throw the ball, knock down pins
Can we go home now?

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

128

The next couple days
Will test leadership and skill
Show up and stay cool

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

127

He wants his coffee
His brand, not the swill you serve
He gets what he wants

Monday, April 20, 2009

126

The baseness of life
The pursuit of high ideals
The moon and sixpence

Sunday, April 19, 2009

125

Got here too early
Flight not even posted yet
Just want to go home

Saturday, April 18, 2009

124

Things I love to do
What makes me feel strong and true
Connect them to work

Friday, April 17, 2009

123

She got a divorce
And end and a beginning
But neither one clean

Thursday, April 16, 2009

122

Going to Phoenix
Mix business with family
Like a real grown-up

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

121

They thought they would win
Thought all would flock to their flag
It no longer waves

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

120

Won the election
A landslide as predicted
Yet some are surprised

Monday, April 13, 2009

119

Is he the best one?
To lead us to the future?
He speaks well; but acts?

Sunday, April 12, 2009

118

Stand in line to vote
Give your name, get your ballot
Darken the arrows

Saturday, April 11, 2009

117

Thinking will ruin you
And leave you at the mercy
Of those who just act

Friday, April 10, 2009

116

Clean out the basement
What's resale, Goodwill or trash?
In charge, take control

Thursday, April 9, 2009

115

The rules are simple
Show up, smile, do as you’re told
But don’t ever think

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

114

A scavenger hunt
Sounds like fun and gives us treats
Too shy, not silly

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

113

One day he awoke
And saw it was all a game
He wasn’t playing

Monday, April 6, 2009

112

It’s such a nice day
The car’s bumper sticker said
Please don’t screw it up

Sunday, April 5, 2009

111

The man scraped and served
Doing what he could to please
Impossible task

Saturday, April 4, 2009

110

A fresh coat of paint
Nothing brightens a room like
A fresh coat of paint

Friday, April 3, 2009

109

She turned four years old
Got presents and toys galore
Brother thinks they're his

Thursday, April 2, 2009

108

There once was a man
Who thought the world opposed him
The world doesn't care

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

107

So much stuff to do
Used to think it controlled me
Now I will decide

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

106

Took me fifteen years
What I thought was my career
Really just a job

Monday, March 30, 2009

105

Look! The kite flies high
Soaring proud with our spirits
Watch out for that tree!

Sunday, March 29, 2009

104

Does she really think
Dinosaurs lived with humans?
Voters need to know

Saturday, March 28, 2009

103

Let's carve the pumpkins
Make them funny and scary
Their faces glow at night

Friday, March 27, 2009

102

Just two little puffs
One burst of air in each eye
Pop, pop, and it's done

Thursday, March 26, 2009

101

Check my messages
Voice mail, e-mail piling up
No time to respond

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

100

Put drops in her eyes
Three times a day for five days
She’s sure to sit still

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

99

Bad for our country
Socialist, terrorist, snob
Fear him or the words?

Monday, March 23, 2009

98

Twenty by twenty
A really big times table
He loves the patterns

Sunday, March 22, 2009

97

I love him so much
But hate the tension we share
Must he act my way?

Saturday, March 21, 2009

96

I had a meltdown
Shaking with weakness and fear
Said things I regret

Friday, March 20, 2009

95

Can't get enough sleep
Wife snoring and breathing loud
How much will I age?

Thursday, March 19, 2009

94

Nine years of marriage
Life much diff'rent than before
What will next nine bring?

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

93

The Cub Scouts promise
To do their duty to God
We’ll just skip that part

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

92

Running and laughing
Lifting, flipping, flying free
Who let the dogs out?

Monday, March 16, 2009

91

Need to find the thing
That gives value and purpose
Nothing I do now

Sunday, March 15, 2009

90

Feeling confident
In control and capable
Until the phone rings

Saturday, March 14, 2009

89

Don't like Home Depot
No help and no help buttons
Go to Lowe's instead

Friday, March 13, 2009

88

Some grown-ups believe
God's an old man in the sky
Some little boys don't

Thursday, March 12, 2009

87

A day at the zoo
Fresh popcorn and pony rides
My daughter and me

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

86

I yelled at my wife
Angry at the way she spends
No thought of budget

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

85

Fundamentalists
Deciding our nation’s fate
Scares me really bad

Monday, March 9, 2009

84

Markets in turmoil
Banks failing, stocks tumbling down
Is our money safe?

Sunday, March 8, 2009

83

How can I explain?
Matters of conscience and pride
To my six-year-old?

Saturday, March 7, 2009

82

Rolling hills of life
Strange yet starkly beautiful
Monarchs come to roost

Friday, March 6, 2009

81

Old men who can't hear
Fading slow in noisy rooms
It all dies with them

Thursday, March 5, 2009

80

Our most pressing need
Energy independence
Will decide my vote

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

79

My next book haunts me
It’s ambitious and complex
And too close to home?

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

78

Don’t be so stupid
You’re an adult not a child
More grown up than most

Monday, March 2, 2009

77

Three in the morning
My son crawls into our bed
No more sleep tonight

Sunday, March 1, 2009

76

Don’t bug me today
Not now, I’m already swamped
Goodbye, I love you