Tuesday, July 14, 2015

and then

under a pregnant sky
she vies for the succinctly still
for the moment just before it all breaks loose
and the moment before that
when you smell the rain but don't yet hear it
when you feel the pain but do not fear it
and then the gymnopedie
and then
and then
the mind in pacing
the body in bracing
tinctures of tension
and tonics of tumult
and reckless
reckless
reckless
and then
and then
the drowning
the breathing
the flying
and falling
and then
the mercury
moulder
melancholy
and then
and then

Friday, September 12, 2014

September Crickets

With the urgency of boreal fecundity
let us prick our souls and hasten the blooming summer
let us lap, and lap, and lap
insisting like westerly waves of Gitche Gumee
to make landfall, to make love all
enveloping and awash in soaking saturation
and then stop.
Freeze the frame and hold
hold
hold
in instinctive heroic futility
of resistance to the moving tectonics of time
the grinding, grabbing and whittling
the glacially irresistible power and motion
of forces so much larger than ourselves
hold and hold
for soon we will cry in our last voices like September crickets
for a day just one more.

Sunday, November 03, 2013

russet leaves falling
blown by breath of life and death
soaked in bloody frost

Monday, June 10, 2013

What the lights told me

The sky pulsed and quivered
as I stood looking up
into the bosom of Aurora Borealis --
dancing without inhibition
or desire for an audience
but simply for the joy of  being
of illuminating
of showing
of shining
and I ached
to partake
in the fullness of experience
that proclaims an absence
of artifice
and then, succumbing
my thoughts raced for another
to validate the experience of me
while the seething lights shamed
and continued their admonishment
to blend, to go blank, and to be.





Thursday, April 18, 2013

Unequally Yoked

The Wedded Rocks (Meoto Iwa), just off-shore, close to Ise Shinto (The Holy City or Capital of the Kami) shrine in Mie Prefecture, Japan. These are the “Husband and Wife Rocks,” a Shinto shrine representing the union of creator kami (deities) Izanagi and Izanami, and thereby celebrate the sanctity of marriage between man and woman.The larger rock is said to be the male rock, and has a small torii, or sacred purifying entrance, at the top. It is known as Oiwa. The male rock measures 9 meters tall and 40 meters around; the female rock is 3.6 meters high and 9 meters around. The female rock is known as Meiwa.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Calculus of Regret


my aches are older
deeper, more indelible
precautionary

new apparatus
valuing a back-up chute
freshly wiser, old

plumbing heights and depths
measurement of tolerance
calculus of regret

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Amazonas

A red dragonfly
a pink dolphin
an exquisite yellow fruit
and green and blue above.
The Amazon
is dark and brooding
stained with ancient stories
of a stern and sultry
mistress.


Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Signatures


Falling in to our mother's tears
filleting our hearts
finding a passage through fear and
failing but signing
signatures on souls and solemn
symbols and falling
falling
falling.

Hang on.

Sacrificial soothing
soma again
so much 
so when
we hear that siren
we will know
our mirrors
and until we have faces
we will have tears.


Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Last Loyalty Lost

I followed familiar footpaths
to find her this last time
this once more
this only
this
last
loss
last loyalty
last casualty
last cost
last call
of the grail
of the ark
of the Gospel
of the heart
of the greatest of my signs
and the bruising of my shins
of the fern beds in the pines
the sadist and the sins
of the thirst for this elixir
and seduction on the wind
of the shapes that still define her
all familiar, take me in
take me in
take me in
take me
one
last
time.

Friday, March 16, 2012

After three days

Dome of the Rotunda of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem.  KG Tidball.

After three days
the world was fixed 
in an orbit
from which it cannot
escape.

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Abandoned



strange assemblage
wheels, backseats and radios
lost utility





Tuesday, November 15, 2011















fleeting glimpses
absent, coming, going
a few moments more

Sunday, October 23, 2011


ball dresses falling
float into heaps on the floor
disrobing Autumn


Thursday, September 29, 2011

The Spoils of Silently Watching


Arising before dawn in ritual pursuit
aware of austerity, sharp, acute
a chill that has settled
and defines for a time
the spoils of silently watching.

As the hoary frost on crimson leaves
succumbs to the center,
succumbs to the sun
as ice becomes rain
and the dew is undone
and the bluest of blue
frames vivid prisms spun
of the thread of a love
fleetingly grasped
desperately held
and quickly lapsed
into seeking again
into hoping for when
that moment will lend
less furtively.

Retiring at dusk from the ritual pursuit
aware of austerity, dulled but astute
exhaustion has settled
and defines for a time
the spoils of silently watching.




Friday, September 02, 2011

Monday, August 22, 2011

Chasse

Sleeping, sluggish, a dormant desire
is drawn from the dog days of summer-
as the front is unfolded
the summer defrocked
I return from a lazy warm slumber.

And the creak of the hasp
and the shake of the aspen
spark dreams of October fire.

And the velvet glance
and the cyclic dance
an alluring chance to conspire.

Rising, alert, an ancient urge
springs forth from a change in the weather
it will not relent
breathing deeply the scent
of the chase and the blood stained tether.