Friday, March 25, 2016


our lives are just
too predictable
to appreciate
 a world where someone
would strap explosives
around their waists
to kill people so randomly

we’re told
that if we change our routines
they have won
how simplistically we believe
and go about our business

feeling powerless to do more
than make a fleeting offering
of thoughts and prayers
flag lightshows on our landmarks
candlelight vigils
bouquets, poems and tears on sidewalks

going about our daily lives
is just what they want because
they know
we will be too busy
too occupied

to stop them…

Barry DeCarli
March 23, 2016
On Hammond Pond
©Barry DeCarli

Draft #3
Photo from

Friday, March 11, 2016


the face of Christ on a piece of toast
some plaster in Pittsburgh
 a pancake at the Cowgirl Cafe
on the Shroud of Turin
 looking as much like Charles Manson
or Che Guevara
as Jesus

Mother Mary appearing
 between hospital window panes
near Boston
 or a on a tree trunk
in Iowa

 religious Rorschachs 
only perceived by some
ridiculed by others
with a clearer vision
or none at all

camera ready
a few search for a sign
look for hope
in a bowl of corn flakes

most laugh at the phenomenon
this prophecy
 whose medium might be mold,
misty moisture or
burned bread

but others
not blinded
by impossibility
might see a miracle
dancing in their heads

Barry DeCarli
March 11, 2016
On Hammond Pond
©Barry DeCarli
Draft #11