Archive for the ‘poems’ Category

“Floating in a sea of sadness”

December 17, 2017


Floating in a sea of sadness

Looking for an isle of gladness


Waves of emotion

A vast ocean


No land in sight

Only endless night


only sadness

only darkness




Context:  Ten years ago, almost a year after Nina died I often slept in my barn office fighting emotional darkness. Woke up one morning with the first sensations ones of pain – physical and otherwise – again. Curl into a ball under the covers and try to shake it off enough to motivate the day and the words above come to me in bits.

Took me a bit today to realize why I was feeling so adrift and emotionally awash this morning.  And then I looked at the date to check about an upcoming appointment and realized the dates next week and remembered what this time of year means and how our bodies know and remember our grief even if our minds have shied away from remembering.



Found a file named “Silly Verse for James Dempsey”

April 17, 2016

awash in the miasma
of async blocks on dispatch_queues
bad data flyin’ like kids from pews
(when church lets out and they go free)
and to the console logging spews
apocalyptic, no good news
mood turning into plasma

Poem for a cold day

January 3, 2011

Morning stretches in front of the woodstove to fight the chill,

Needed warmth at twenty-three outside, eight with the windchill.

So glad I work inside and not on the road crew!

Wondering what those Canadians up North do.

Deadlines loom; tweet rationing shall occur!

December 25, 2010

Ahg! Deadlines, oh they loom!
Time for programming feats,
and rationing of tweets.
must avoid pending doom.

Thoughts On Life

October 31, 2010

Dad stumbled upon this while cleaning out a “miscellaneous box.”  A moment in time, in the form of a poem from the end of a tumultuous sophomore year in college:

Walking backwards,
Looking down all the crossroads,
I didn't take.
To see the lives I will not live.
There is no going back.
Only one path is mine.
Sadness - so many paths appeal.
Try to look ahead,
the memories of choices made,
of turns not taken,
Haunt and cause hesitation,
Fear of wrong choices.
A Hope that paths have destinations
in common.
Different languages say the same things,
Could different paths lead to the same place?


Elemental Poem: Fire & Ice

June 9, 2009


FIRE &  Ice

a diamond poem by Geek





WOOD, SMOKE, Glaciers, Water

Freezing, Melting, Chilling

Cold, Slippery




Elemental poem: Earth & Air

June 9, 2009


Earth & Air

a diamond poem by Geek



Brown, Grassy

Growing, Eroding, Shaking

Rock, Grass, Wind, Clouds

Blowing, Swirling, Breathing

Chill, Fresh




Geek Poetry – “The Martian”

May 15, 2009

The Martian

a limerick

There once was an alien from Mars,
Who liked to play with matchbox cars.
He would drive them around,
And make racecar sounds,
But then he had to leave for the stars.

Geek Poetry – “The Computer Game”

May 4, 2009

The computer game

a quartrain

An ancient soothsayer said to me,
Go on the journey that you see,
Past fairies crowned in leaves of oaken –
Crash! Oh no – my computer’s broken!