Iris Puppies

Iris puppy tongue panting

Iris puppy tongue panting

Giant iris puppies loll
deep purple among the daisies,
lush tongues panting.

Sun bounces off white petals.

Cherry tree laughs,
Heart opens,
Cottonwood seeds snow.

Crow calls:
“Here be your now!
Now is the time!”

by Laurie Fraser

Iris puppies

Iris puppies

Anniversary song

Winter poppies

Winter poppies


The best moments
this long winter
have been indoors-
sunlight
armchair
woodstove.
It’s a lonely peace.

Music drops me
a decade ago-
cold sunny days,
adventure-fresh.

You were so alive.

Laughing big-
our coats open
unafraid
under a turquoise sky.

Even without the music
I would cry for you today.

Cappadocia turquoise sky

Cappadocia turquoise sky

Travelling by Rickshaw in India

The elephant stands at a crossroads
in this town at the edge of the desert.
The people and their vehicles sputter hotly.
My driver is resigned.
His accent sings
“This is the only road.
When the elephant allows us
we will move again.”
In the choking wind he lights a cigarette.
Possibly delirious,
I walk into the crowd
to admire the working elephant
who remembered at a crossroads
he is the biggest.

Laurie Fraser
Udaipur, India