waiting for daddy
our blinds

Thrilled to appear in The Haiku Windows Series again!


5th Annual Golden Haiku Competition

Thrilled to have been chosen as an Honorable Mention as well as a Judge’s Pick for the 5th Annual Golden Haiku Competition!


Honorable Mention

a discarded umbrella
gathers rain


Judge’s Pick

shoes clatter
on the sidewalk
spring rain


All haiku chosen will be on display throughout the month of March (2018) in the 43 block area of Washington D.C known as the Golden Triangle Business Improvement District, spanning from the White House to Dupont Circle. For more information check out the press release. 



broken window
another week
without a paycheck


The Haiku Foundation: Haiku Windows



*I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the journey my family has been on. Only two years ago we were on food stamps, wondering how we would ever be able to afford milk or formula for our children on our own. After a series of fortunate events and hard work, we are in a different situation and when I go to pay for my groceries with my own money I still find myself welling up with tears of gratitude.¬†

sunlight ebbs…

As I reflect on my grandmother’s life, I was reminded of this haiku that I wrote for Mother’s Day last year in remembrance of her daughter, my mother.


sunlight ebbs
through drifting clouds
I think of my mother


declina il sole
attraverso nuvole vaganti
penso a mi madre


*translated by Eufemia Griffo


Published on Memoire di una geisha on Mother’s Day 2017

Also published in the e-book Madre Mother

old mix tape…


This was written about a time when a chapter in my marriage ended and a new one began. Today it takes on new meaning as my grandmother died yesterday, peacefully at home, and was a musician and teacher for almost all of her 99 years. 


old mix tape
our first love song
our last


vecchia audiocassetta
la nostra prima canzone d’amore
la nostra ultima …

*Translation by Eufemia Griffo

Published on  Memoire di una geisha Р1/1/18


Several authors were asked to contribute to a list of “What We Are Looking Forward to in 2018”. My own contribution became bittersweet last night as the grandmother whose 100th birthday I was hopeful for will no longer come to pass. I hope though that this compilation will be as inspiring and thought-provoking as it was to me. All authors are listed at the end.

To all a happy year of peace and health,



Published in Lost Paper curated by Zee Zahava

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