Saturday, June 24, 2017

More Free downloads of THE PENCIL ARTIST, a novel

THE PENCIL ARTIST will be available as a free download on Kindle this Monday and Tuesday (Sept. 26 and 27, 2017).

THE PENCIL ARTIST is a novel dealing with a struggle between a ruthless billionaire and a short order cook with unfulfilled aspirations to be a recognized pencil artist.
Billy Harrigan, the protagonist of THE PENCIL ARTIST, has just turned 60, hasn’t sold a drawing in months, and his wife is disgusted with him for wasting his college education on an unfulfilled dream.
The billionaire, Theodore Stone, is extraordinarily paranoid and vengeful, cranky, and old. Stone sets out to crush and humiliate Billy, whom he suspects of bedding his wife, Ann.
You would think a short order cook would be an easy victim for a billionaire bully. But he isn’t. The internet sees to that.

Sunday, June 11, 2017


          Don’t resuscitate
          leave me to my fate
          the natural way for me
          stop the heroic treatments
          delaying the final act

          No curtain calls
          after the end
          what do you expect
          do tell the world
          if I appear

          But please never anyone fear
          enjoy a wine or a beer
          and think of me over here
          because nothing kills
          the essential soul

          (June 11, 2017)

Friday, May 26, 2017


It began with a French kiss
on Lowery Street Station  
kindling infatuation
that burned into love
without likely end

Dancing in Greenwich Village
the Amato Opera
strolling East River Walk
sealed the relationship
into a lifetime bond

Raising a family
with three boys and a girl
dogs, rabbits, squirrels,
fish, birds, chipmunks
life worth living

(May 26, 2017. Ginger and I were returning from dancing at Gildea’s in Sunnyside on our second date in 1954. We were on the Lowery Street Station platform en route to Manhattan, to Cornell’s student nursing school residence at New York Hospital.)

Tuesday, May 16, 2017


Dan Heyman, how dare you shout
a question at Trump lackeys
giving the West Virginia cops
a chance to employ censorship
for an authoritarian America

Is domestic violence a pre-existing condition
the journalistic gall of you asking Secretary Price
so provocatively significant a question
as he strode in answer-avoiding silence
beside the alternative truthist Kellyanne 

Donald Trump would be in character
to create a Medal of Muzzling
with the West Virginia police
the first to be celebrated
for censoring our Dan Heyman

Sunday, May 7, 2017


Little did I expect
that after eighty years
the purgatory
of the interrupted life
daily awaited me

No more novels
will freely flow
from my fingers
creativity a prey
of this interrupted life

Having a brilliant thought
reading a riveting book
watching a serious film
seeing really important news
omnis relatio interrupit

(May 7, 2017)

Sunday, April 23, 2017


The prisoner of dementia
listens to her meaningless rants
without end
endures  her rages
a helpless witness

The contract requires
for better or worse
so he is bound
by those sworn words
until the end

Occasionally she says
in a very sad lament
I don’t want to live
this way anymore
Neither do I

Monday, April 17, 2017



The Kahunas contend
a single simple touch
will join us
like twins with a filament
of ectoplasm forever

So the connection created
by any long loving marriage
or an extended relationship
must surely produce links
thick as ancient redwoods

Those heavy bonds survive
divorce or separation
with the once loved
ties never erased
always remembered

(April 16, 2017)