Saturday, October 29, 2016


Halloween on a weekend
Max votes for change! 
Last Saturday of October,
Rocktober, we prefer.


Turn off news.
Camp Pendleton range live ammo 
burns south of the ranch.

Beat alarm,
hike to greet sunrise 
at Mount Mine.
Forgot phone.
Forgot notebook.

Story ideas finish 
dry poem editing.
Liquid words flow unwritten.

Jupiter touches moon with curtains closed.
 Storm clouds hold sky captive.
Good omen Cleveland sage, not for writing.

Back in the cabin: idea headaches.
Did I drink box wine firmament?
Sulfide stuffy brain forgot the stanzas.
Jupiter did you take dictation?
Black coffee tastes of campfire perfume.


Keep writing, prickles return.

Caroline Gerardo Copyright October 29 2016
Images: windows in San Juan Bautista, burned field outskirts of
Creston, CA, The bean with my son video. 

Sunday, October 23, 2016


be kind life is short

Blogger WidgetsWhy
Americans open potty mouth 
Elections bring out worst 
unfriend them on Facebook, but
eat their homemade cookies;
but curse their mother-
 your freedom words online
let loose your filter. 
Century wood stove flings
burning shit on their name.

Car cut you off Nürburgring?
Hail horn, pull out a 22 bought
from rude Cabela's clerk.
You said "go fuck hell."
Okay, your grammar faults,
ask for a case for the gun 
because you're entitled.
Clerk goes home hungry from his
minimum wage job.

Dog on internet snuggles a baby, 
makes tears come out; but a child 
flooded, homeless, kidnapped, 
orphaned by bombs...
skepticism stops you from typing, 
"What do you need?
Give 50 cents to corrupt Red Cross.
Why ?

Dog has a heart.
Your core has love let it out,
empathy grows aching,
no-one taught chase 
a ball with 'fever love:
clean water, education, safe.
You know answers
 ready to show,
not cop out, say, "I'm
voting and reading words," 
because every step
 we Must ask:

Friday, October 14, 2016

Golden Retriever Smile Recipe

 Smile recipe:
1 dog
1 ball
1 lake

watch her swim
 water shakes off
wild laughter.

Caroline Gerardo October 2016 copyrights reserved

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Fall Simmer

I love Fall
Simmer garlic, onions, peppers and squash...
Vegetables picked before I let the chickens out at dawn.
Shush don't point to poultry there's feed in the lower garden.
You'll find it strange if I tell the names of the chooks.
Dixie is a speckled Sussex. She's first. 
Dixie leads a chick band, though she isn't the largest or a rooster. 
Dixie is the daughter of my neighbor's male from his rogue visit.

Yesterday I picked the last pumpkins up from the raised beds, 
they stand guard outside the front gate. 
Chickens will eat pumpkins before Halloween if inside.

Last night coyotes yelped and hollered at three A.M. 
With mag flashlight in hand, 
I went out to have a meeting with them.
They know I have a shotgun.
"Want me to drive down to the barn and settle this?" I yell.
They gather, silent. No snickers about my nightgown.
Answer came from Dr's barn in the canyon where 
puppies cry and the big dogs growl.
Ursula Major and Minor point towards
solar lights in the valley below. 
Glow shares from stars to crescent moon,
platinum against a cloudless dome.
Coyotes look up with me in that moment.
The pack's paws crunch on ash leaves,
scattered on rocks, now become softer.
Coy wolves leave without argument. 
"Try luck with bucks grazing in the oak grove," 
I whisper to their long gone tails. 

Copyright October 8 2016 Caroline Gerardo
3 garlic cloves cut very fine
1 whole onion (type you have) chopped well
1 bell pepper chopped up (more coarse than the first two)
1 carrot chopped fine
saute above in cheap olive oil on medium about a tablespoon of oil
1 cup chopped squash - you pick the type - but peel it
add squash to saute and cook a minute
add 2 cups vegetable stock or chicken stock (don't tell my chickens about the stock)
tablespoon thyme leaves yes not teaspoon
1/2 teaspoon oregano
tiny sea salt to taste start with 1/4 teaspoon depending if stock is salted then none
tablespoon of soy sauce
hot peppers to taste (this amount and type up to YOU)
Allow to simmer
do you have a hot soup blender? use it to cream half the soup
You don't have a soup blender then use your fork best you can
If you like creamy add 1/2 cup greek nonfat yogurt at the end just as you serve
slice basil in threads and place about a tablespoon on top
Yummy soup is ready
Happy #NationalFarmDay

My neighbor's pen