switching things up with a poem this time

April Rains

Puddles of pain paint April paths

as stubborn ice melts to streams

A muddy Dalmatian of spring

where wistful milkweed roots in lakeside shore

arriving just in time for summer’s monarch.

A voiceless field preacher recites

synoptic hues of titian gospel and

sun stained wings cast leadlight on unturned stones —

each sitting on a silent soliloquy

of vindication.

What was really buried under these rocks?

Summer sins dug deep in dirt.

Snowflake silhouettes I felt last winter.

Thoughts I choose to bear alone

and texts I haven’t sent.

Songbirds chime the dawn brass

I kneel in my sun-filled chapel

I repent —

Praying quietly under the grace of wings


It’s about time roast beef makes its comeback.

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Glad people think I'm smart enough to use acronyms though.

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3 years ago some friends and I applied to a local accelerator co-operated by Target and Techstars in Minneapolis. Then we got a surprising phone call.

Sam Lerdahl

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