National Poetry Month: Rick Lupert

Rick Lupert has been my friend since I lived for a while in Los Angeles back in the late 90s. I’m constantly impressed by his commitment and contributions to the world of poetry, and he makes me laugh (in a good way). If you ever get the chance to check out the marvelous resource that is the PoetrySuperHighway, know that he’s responsible for it. Tonight, enjoy his poem “It Is Now, Everywhere.”


It is Now, Everywhere

I’d like to look at the ocean
one last time before we go
but I’m afraid it will make me weep.

You may say it is the same ocean
I have in my back yard, but
the ocean is always bluer

on the other side.
The ohana woman chants again
at eleven-thirty heralding

the middle of the day. She will
do this again tonight at eleven
and tomorrow morning at seven

and so on, every day, forever
wherever I am on Earth
even after I have become dust.


photo credit Alexis Rhone Fancher

Rick Lupert has been involved with poetry since 1990. A Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominee, he created and hosts the weekly Virtual Cobalt Cafe series. His 25 collections of poetry include “God Wrestler” and “The Tokyo-Van Nuys Express.” He edited the anthologies “A Poet’s Siddur,” “A Poet’s Haggadah,” “The Night Goes on All Night,” and “Ekphrastia Gone Wild.” He works as a music teacher and graphic designer in Newhall, California. His websites are and

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