Spry Literary Journal has nominated my poem, Your Appointment Book is Empty, for The Best of the Net

Origianlly published in Spry Literary Journal


For Dr. Elizabeth Haughney


Your office is empty of you. Of the photos

of your daughter, Jess, framed, on the walls,

and desk. She’s seventeen now. How

will we watch her grow?  Where is your white coat?

The name tag on your pocket?

Your examining room is empty

of you. You can no longer shine a light at my eyes,

ask me to look this way and that. You can

no longer be the hearer of my heart.


You bent to show me your first white hairs.

Why was Death in such a hurry

to make the world empty

of you?