peaceful opossum

why shape perfect wye
opossum posing in his dream
sleeping ten to five

neck tail tip touching
forming ball parallel sea
changing point of view

facing me next pool
hammering causing him strife
sleeping in tree top

plantation opossum
how do you keep from falling
may i spoon with you

disturbing noises
cannot crawl out from under
adaptable friend

can’t imagine finding
new home in five minutes
gifted tranquil wise

valentine opossum
watching animal planet
sipping club soda

sharing lite lunch
“my heart BEETS for you salad”
icicle free nap

your heart won’t thank you
take fave opossum to lunch
heart cookie cutter

dagger through my heart
stalactites verse stalagmite
doesn’t matter which

self-possessed opossum
narcissistic traits
destroying roof crest
___

(he showed me his mask
animal dyslexia
he was a raccoon)

(still two syllables
too tired to change his name
raccoon plays opossum)

are you home conch ku

conch shells everywhere
one belongs ancient egypt
genie sculptured

alluring tiny
seashells purple figurines
pink gray black carvings

black conch so heavy
someone must be home inside
back bluest ocean

abort teensy scream
man saying another
animal attached

liquid ink spraying
wouldn’t hurt you little one
deepen inside sand

had he been a skunk
inquiring if anyone
has a V8

sharks don’t ask questions

when you see a shark
polite to ask first before
taking his picture

just because he doesn’t
ask before eating you
two wrongs don’t make right

manners of the sea
hello may i devour you
no you may not bye

little vegan fish
shore leave swallowing algae
vegetarian

kosher bottom feeding
everything is kosher
when you are in love

undulating dolphin siesta

still afternoon waves
can barely hear sound of sea
bluest unmoving

a perfect ocean
beautiful quiet colors
no drop will splash

what makes you so smooth
sunny seas crystallized blues
calm your heart your soul

no fish man or tail
asleep deep water’s blanket
whales playng opossum.

wedding in the sand ,fowl baseball & a dog

blues outside the pool
better than country music
still it isn’t jazz

on your left soul sister
right ocean live guitar
sweet home chicago

not romantic
so embarrassing underdressed
in your bikini

would be wealthy if
only i had a nickel
every single time
`
southern ducks high noon
mullet swims under duck trying
to pick a fight

duck taking bread from
mullet seems both can share half
turtle comes along

not in a bad mood
maybe he placed bets on who
would win fowl or fish

ducks catching in mouth
even though i’m bad shot &
it’s always windy

three ducks bat the bread
they have their own baseball team
funny ducklings

instead of dining
bread hits the beak goes flying
sports mystery

`

little rascal’s dog
father allows him wherever
he wants to go

front back circles bird
toward hotel another bird
allows his dog lead

i love a man
let’s his dog go where he wishes
thinks about others

he hollers his dog
is afraid of the water
everyone must be

can see only one
in the ocean for a mile
either direction

Standing In A Sea You Cannot See

wanting french fries
the way G-d intended them with
salt and heinz ketchup

dolphin pairs undulate
unbroken no footprints
calm wind no more blows

who’s idea was this
going back to glasses of
the 1950’s

arm deer with rifles
giving them a fighting chance
9 mm uzi
`
Pooling Pool Thoughts
replaced by Enchanting Fog
prepossessing charm
`
fog twenty five feet
larry david heaven scenes
honoring life birds

actually never
forgetting beautiful fog
exactly heaven

picturing movies
wanting to stand here always
april attraction

magic fog surrounds
cannot see ten feet away
capturing beauty

no one else in world
completely calm alone as
if G-d is with you

knowing the only
reason you feel this way is
because of tv

nothing like highway
only fear is you cannot
see where the sea is.

slowly reaching you
cannot even see past first
wave on your toes

totally surrounded
delightful fogginess
eventually

magically lifting
two other signs of life
appearing in distance

sigh of relief
not one with the sea he might just
run ashore get ya

and no one would know
when no one else is looking
parting in two halves

duck duck duck seagull

pierre stands behind
to the right favorite spot
two inches behind

how do you know him
because all ducks look alike
he will push your knee

game that children play
taking bread from my fingers
every other duck

saltwater swimming
paddling their feet while eating
suddenly seagulls

crash landing flapping
scare everyone taking bread
away darling ducks

motionless afraid
ducks pretend they are statues
looking for hitchcock

i am so afraid
of him even though i’ve never
seen his movies

i imagine this
ducks are imagining too
unfriendly seagulls

no they aren’t imagining
ducks experiencing
seagulls pecking


john writes friends at work
december i’m at the beach
seventy seven

of course jealousy
then everyone grows colder
i explain the wind

13 m.p.h.
ten day forecast is shocking
checks out on their phones

have i turned into
weather channel ask bitter ben
he will tell you

why do we yell fore
golf course hit on the noggin
look ahead beware

flounder floundering III

your mouth wide open
walk all the way to the beach
no bridge over creek

ten feet are stolen
fall through into the water
man says four days tops

only at low tide
can walk all the way around
amazing maze

halloween low tide
purple crabs scurry to holes
untouched shells

i will stay feed you
you never turn down sunbeam
we will eat all day.
`
mr mullet voice
“make the hotel next door take
you home in their cart”

was almost high tide
second bridge comes into view
gate being lifted

back to the fish tail
dolphin playing shark story
crystal blue water

mr mullet speaks
“i will do anything once
but never again”

two girls found a shark
i’m sure the witches had
visions of necklaces

had to wash off red
he missed dancing with dolphins
teach him not to kill

honeymoon tail
he fell asleep in the gulf stream
fishing for marlin

halfed a dramamine
after groom’s tummy ache
10 foot swells

hurricane coming
no one told me mile below
i caught a tuna

grab the seat in front
every time your head would fall
fear ocean slumber

part II fish kissing ducks

thirsting for water
turning my back to the sun
i saw them behind

humankind watching
dolphin playing in the sea
dancing for a treat

they like milky way?
flipping in all directions
half hour play date

until all you see
as far as the eye glimpses
tiny black dots.
_
Man Laughs At Me

“you feeding mullet”
i don’t see any ducks
“have to come early ”

(he doesn’t know what
he’s talking about they eat
every hour of day

also fish racist
he only feeds certain fish ?
doesn’t feed any )

three fish see baguette
they become twelve gobbling
surface ocean’s pond

see they pass come back
swim around again return
water so clear blue

two kiss on each side
now they’re swimming circles
three trying at once

everyone decides
counterclockwise way to go
didn’t tell me why

you won’t believe this
i saw with my own eyes
duck and fish each end

fish swim under duck
see who can grab the bread first
they kiss each other

they’re kissing cousins
take bread right out of your mouth
turtle fish duck

flounder and floundering

Mr. Mullet

blues left canada
what? it’s cold in canada!
no left the COUNTY
.
we’ll have reese’s tomorrow
peanut butter cups?
no we’ll have RACES.
_

Halloween Jellyfish

mushroom jellyfish
brown stem also lobster claws
filling station flags
.
firmly planted in ground
spaceship bubble take off
jelly to NASA
.
are we clear lift off
you’re clear pink thin onion ring
negative take off .
_

woman holding rod
tentacles on her black cap
black skirt bikini
.
forgot halloween
mr. mullet told me crazy
giant spider .
_
grandma caught flounder
mr. mullet’s wife’s mother
sitting position.
.
(can’t read my haiku
hard to write in the ocean
there are no tables)
.
grandma was so proud
showing flounder in bucket
both alive kicking
.
grandma and flounder
told her i’ll see you next year
if we both make it
.
those were her words
i was thinking the same thing
hope she brings reese’s.

part I