Category Archives: father son

Rhyming Review: •The Gargoyle Hunters•

New York’s mood during metamorphosis
The “now” seems particularly cruel
Thus •The Gargoyle Hunters• will begin us
(This is today’s true literary jewel)

The meditations on what New York means
Complete with adolescent adventures
Of a free-range private school nerdy teen
All of which brought back my teen-aged culture

The relegated and crazy mother:
In an informal commune of borders
& the dashing obsessive father
Scavenging & barking out orders

A family painted on black velvet
Of private middle school dilemmas
Puberty and thievery’s strange couplet
Trapping our young Griffin in its clutches

Seeking approval & confederates
A scandalous collaboration’s made
Of two romantic thieving delegates
Who predate architecture’s colonnade

The father’s long term goal, disrupt the son’s
Immature middle school romances though
(But they do infect all the grown up ones)
It turns out we become the man we know

Iconoclastic rev’rence for icons
Is their spiral staircase of DNA
Though their collections give New York lesions
Their compulsions they cannot deny
Personalities’ personal suburbs
Those individuals on the outskirts
Of the mover’s & the shaker’s worlds
Are unfortunately too often hurt

The workers became shock troop of dreams
Marching right across convention’s front lines
To achieve the goals that the dreamer schemes
Little men enabling grand designs

In the end the dream is the loyalty
An all encompassing fidelity
That will become middle-aged pleasantries
Wrapped in older people’s sweet vagaries


Doubt in an Uncertain World Sonnet

Our beliefs are just what we think about
Even if they build these thoughts a cathedral
They’re merely thoughts: we can choose to opt out
Belief is freedom for ourselves: simple

If I choose not to believe in magic
Should not spoil your enjoyment of the show
I am an agnostic heckler tragic
Believe in religion: the way you know

The agnostic or atheist’s freedom
To (dis)believe in all your rituals
Is how the God that I doubt made it, son
So we each have “spiritual victuals” 

Believing in Yahweh, Allah or Christ
Does not mean that I have to sacrifice

Thinking Fathers Haiku

17a. Happy Father’s Day/
I owe you everything:/
Especially love/

17b. Happy Father’s Day/
Thanks for trying and trying/
& understanding/

17c. Happy Father’s Day:/
Doing your best ev’ry day/
Helped to make me, me/

17d. Happy Father’s Day/
To all struggling parents/
And patient children/

17e. Happy Father’s Day:/
The burden is the blessing/
Thank you for playing/

17f. Happy Father’s Day:/
The burden is the blessing/
Thanks for engaging/

17g. Happy Father’s Day:/
The burden is the blessing/
For this I’m grateful/



Sledding in Woodside Queens 2013

35. Sledding in Woodside/
With the people of the world/
Human gravity/


50. The snowy hillside/
In Woodside’s Doughboy playground/
Is peppered with fun/

51. Here Colombians/
Bengalis, Tibetans as/
Americans slide/

52. Snowy experience/
ReCaptured digitally/
Are sent to tropics/

53. iPad made movies/
Of happy Americans/
Are sent far away/

54. Woman with hijab/
Gucci covered iPad films/
Her smiling children/

55. Korean father/
Roars down the tree covered hill/
Ecstatically loud/


56. Mexican fam’ly/
Unloads children & their sleds/
Then tackle papí/

57. Americans all/
We enjoy democracy/
Of our acceptance/

36. Sledding with children/
Overshot my playfulness/
Collided with age/

37. Clenching rope handles/
Spinning beyond all control/
Damaged ring finger/

38. Regretting my ride/
Because I injured myself/
Shows a lack of faith/

39. Staying young inside/
More important than safety/
For immortal* souls/
#haiku *eternal

40. Aging bodies recede/
To within our comfort zone/
Abandoning youth/

41. Aches and troubles/
Of old immaturity/
Are truly priceless/

42. Youthfulness’s worth/
Though dangerous to old men/
Keeps their spirits fresh/

43. Adventure’s value/
Is an internal journey/
Exploring within*/
#haiku *our souls

44. The pains in my body/
Temporarily remind/
My mind I’m alive/

45. This throbbing finger/
Beats the rhythm of my heart/
Where I can feel it/

46. I regret nothing/
Because I’m educated/
By experience/

47. While I don’t like pain/
It reminds me I’m alive/
Here to live for now/


48. Wedding tourniquet/
The ring keeps my red blood in/
The heart of my life/

49. Ring’s Symbol becomes/
An active agent in life/
I cherish it so/



Suspended in Now

11. Visit principal/
Over our suspended son/
Angry at school, boy/

12. Defiance conforms/
To the personalities/
Confined by the rules/

13. Supporting your child/
Sometimes means backing his school/
‘Gainst his righteousness/

14. Resent procedure/
Of institutional might/
Still we require rules/

15. Lines between “Ego”/
& organization’s needs/
Blurred by insecure/

16. Rules offer guidelines/
But can be crude instruments/
When Ego’s involved/

17. Papers need grading/
Though some students aren’t learning/
No matter the score/

18. My Ego’s involved/
My prejudices stirred up/
Obedience rules/

19. Accepting the rules/
From both sides of equation/
Will repress* Ego/
#haiku *stifle

20. Life is a blessing/
That is too hot to contain/
In neat containers/

21a. Suspended in Now/
We struggle with G_d’s agar/
That keeps us alive/

21b. Suspended in Now/
We submit to G_d’s agar/
That keeps us alive/


Today’s Feelings

39. Fermenting my fears/
In the twisted still of doubt/
Creates a poison/

40. We like to relax/
But respite causes us guilt/
So we criticize/

41. I wrote a reply/
To postal correspondence/
Slower than email/

42. My fears keep rising/
Inadequacy looms large/
(At least in my head!)/

43. She apologized:/
A problematic pattern/
(I never minded)/




8. If only you knew/
How eternally grateful/
I am for this day/


9a. It’s “Buy Nothing Day”/
Celebrate it by reading/
Praying or something/

9b. It’s “Buy Nothing Day”/
Celebrate by refusing/
To participate/

9c. It’s “Buy Nothing Day”/
Celebrate by refusing/
To overconsume/

9d. Overconsumption/
Isn’t patriotism/
Hail: “Buy Nothing Day”/

10a. Having gratitude/
For the experiences/
People I’ve met give/

10b. Having gratitude/
For my experiences/
Both good and painful/

11a. Wanting happiness/
Shows a lack of gratitude/
Accept all feelings/

11b. Wanting happiness/
Without the other feelings/
Lacks real gratitude/

12. If only you knew/
How eternally grateful/
I am for each day/