My gay friend told me
he masturbates
three times a day.

Ewww, I couldn’t help
thinking.  One of my
bad habits,  judging others.

But three times a day?
I thought, bro, way
too much information.

And don’t you think
once a week’s enough?

Image credit:Charles Deluvio

I've lived in Tucson since 1953 and retired in 2008 from teaching writing at Pima Community College.

My poems have appeared in journals like Carolina Quarterly, Barrow Street, RATTLE, and New Poets of the American West. 

I'm a passionate supporter of Sky Island Alliance, a regionally-based environmental organization.

Birkenstock Blues, my eleventh poetry collection, was published in 2019 by Presa Press (Rockford, MI).