Howardism Musings from my Awakening Dementia
My collected thoughts flamed by hubris
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A poet's work is to name the unnameable, to point at frauds, to take sides, start arguments, shape the world, and stop it going to sleep.

—Salman Rushdie

My Poetry...

I was first inspired with reading and writing poetry during my first year at college. While I didn't do well in creative writing class, the class worked well in me, and I've since found a sort of therapy and solace in writing poetry.

As Bashô, a seventeenth century Japanese Zen poet, wrote:

The poem only exists while it's on the writing desk. By the time the ink has dried, it should be recognized as a mere scrap of paper.

While the value is in the writing, not in the written, I like to canonize what I write on my web site. It isn't that I think my poetry is great-- or even good, but you can't make web pages without content.

My poems are listed in chronological order, with the earliest ones first.

Ba's Lament

Tea Thoughts

To the Mortal Artemis

Like is Stronger Than Love

I Hate Poetry

Three Drunks on a Florida Beach

Shining Pale at Midnight

What Burden?


Tears for the Lost Ones

How Trees are Made

The Missing Poster

Dancing Fool

Weaving Without Wings

Oft my Heart Memory Wanes

For My Friend...

Daddy Getting Kicked

The Day's Shadows

Office Poem

On Watching Three Ravens

Too Short to Title

They Laugh at Jokes only They Appreciate

Underworld Messages

This March

Autumn Revisited

Autumn Poem

Anniversary Song

My Boy

Death of a Squirrel

Ode to a Yellow Love Lost


Her Foot

Now and Then

Scribblings Found in an Old Notebook

Visiting Darol for the Last Time