The Outdoor Poet: Beau Blue

Scrapbook Construction

The spring's young plum leaves
draw the air slowly
through the afternoon.

A field of forget-me-nots with
a blackberry bush border,
brushes the east side of the cabin.

And a little girl so seriously four,
lecturing an old dog sternly,
on why he shouldn't lick the glue.


always with the giggles in the hot tub
one person kneels
in the tub, the other sits,
feet dangling and ..
oh, never mind,
tongues get involved,
the positioning of jets
is so important,
sometimes standing happens,
occasionally railings break,
every now and then
a rubber duck appears.

Summer Saturday Night Stories

Grandpa's gruesome ghosts
claw from the dying campfire,
spare scared little boys.


At her father's bedside
Sarah's autumn ear, listening
for the northern wind chime,
catches its first faint stirrings.
Turning to her eldest son,
this last summer thirty-one,
who does not hear the morning,
"Split and stack that far madrone
close to home ... I feel October's chill."

millennia - the responsibilities of rocks

amid the spits of zealots,
arguing exactly where
to park the sun,
and other equally obnoxious
screamers certain
the world will end
with the sputters of out-
witted silicon,
he holds her waist
and calms her children.
"look, the moon's
changing shape
and Venus still
carries the night."

About The Author Beau Blue (aka JJ Webb) has lived and worked in the Santa Cruz Mountains for the past 30-plus years. His books, CDs and DVDs include Appalachian Canticles, In The Electric Shadows, Human Tricks and The Streets Always Get Up So Early. He coedited, with Michael McNeilley, the internet Ezine ZeroCity from 1994 to 1999. He edited the animated poetry Ezine Blue's Cruzio Cafe from 2004 to 2011. He edited, produced, directed and was chief animator of the animated anthology of poetry, Poets in a Blue's Mood.
The Oak Grove (aka The Poetry Grove) is where Blue lives and is located in the middle of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Summer poetry readings were presented there all during the 1990s. Many northern California and Central Coast poets performed there during that decade, as well as poets from all over the world, including the east coast USA, Britain, Poland, Russia, Syria and India.
Find Beau Blue at and Beau Blue Presents.

The Outdoor Poet is edited by Robert Sward, author of numerous books of poetry including, most recently, New and Selected Poems: 1957-2011 (Red Hen Press). He lives on the Westside with his wife, the artist Gloria Alford, and a poodle mix named Cosette. Participation in The Outdoor Poet is by invitation.

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