Friday, May 22, 2015

Canvas 557

Canvas 557

May 22, 2015


Rain — exactly the weight a young flower
can bear — forehead to ground,
the first morning prayer

(and up on the road a kingdom is there)

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Canvas 556

Canvas 556

May 21, 2015

When gloomy looks the green

Those days when gloomy looks the green
and black the joy — and give thanks for these:
what lacy willow bending knows, the water’s edge
as changing flows, gives back the sheen:
where love is, as ever goes, you too
have been.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Fifty-nine times around the sun

Fifty-nine times around the sun

(stars have come and stars have gone)

Fifty-nine times around the sun

(word is love and love is song)

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Friends of Silence


Warm thanks to Linda DeGraf for republishing a poem of mine
in the May 2015 issue of the Friends of Silence newsletter (Vol. XXVIII, No. 5).
The poem, also available in the newsletter’s print edition,
previously appeared in the Spring 2015 issue of Akitsu Quarterly.


We are also, this morning, in receipt of this touching dedication,
which comes on the wings of C.P. Cavafy,

“ . . . the image of which
crossed twenty-six years; and has come now
to remain in this poetry.”

Thank you, Monika, for your gracious thought.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Akitsu Quarterly

The spring issue is lovely, and the summer issue will be out soon.

Spring 2015

original haiku, haibun, and brushwork by

Jeannie Martin ~ William Michaelian ~ Ken Sawitri
Kyoko Shibata ~ Tim Gardiner ~ Billy Antonio
John McManus ~ Helen Buckingham ~ Bill Waters
Caroline Skanne ~ Alexis Rotella ~ Debbie Strange
Brad Bennett ~ Tom Clausen ~ Laura Williams
Diana Teneva ~ Pamela A. Babusci ~ David L. Young
Jimat Achmadi ~ Pat Geyer

(work also forthcoming in the Summer 2015 issue)

Robin White & Evelyn Lang, Editors
111 Nottingham Rd
Deerfield, NH 03037

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

The greatest of all gifts

Last night there came a dream
in which I was granted the greatest of all gifts:
my mortality. I washed myself to prepare,
and, in the act of washing, I let go
of every care.

I carefully soaped my hair.

I did not wish, or try, to defend myself;
I took no courage; I felt no fear.

No death wish, or life wish,

And when, suddenly, so unexpectedly,
my eyes opened on the night, there was no relief,
or start, or fright.

Only joy, as a song feels,
when its voice is taking flight.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Canvas 537

Since mid-February, I’ve made quite a few more drawings. This is the first.

Canvas 537

February 19, 2015

Sunday, May 10, 2015

How it would be had you not been born

How it would be had you not been born,
when a leaf, a rose, and a garden coming on
make a fair field for a broken lance
and sky of sparrow shorn:

one less sun, imagine that, and bless one
torn of chance, confess what can’t be known
save by the strange and savage dance you love to live
and mourn, and give, and pass along:

had you nought not knot been sought in kind,
caught in tangled skein again,
what then?

(as if to grant what can’t begin can ever have an end)

Monday, February 16, 2015

Quiet Time

All is well. I am reading, writing, and dreaming to my heart’s content. I have stepped away from blogging and Facebook activities for a time — a week, a month, a year, today, tomorrow, I really have no idea, and I most certainly intend no statement by it. I wouldn’t even call it a decision. I am simply following a natural impulse, like any restless bird on the verge of coming spring. During this quiet time, should you care to write, or need to get in touch for any reason, my email address is easily found. Otherwise, my website and all 2,554 entries of Recently Banned Literature are at your disposal. Who knows what you might find there? I am still pleasantly surprised and embarrassed myself from time to time. Until later, then, and ever with thanks,

William Michaelian

Saturday, February 7, 2015


The sweet pain of this world

and how your hand

guides the grape

by the light

of your tongue

(as a wish makes a veil makes a place makes a dawn)

Friday, February 6, 2015

Canvas 534

Canvas 534

February 6, 2015

It need not be

The fact is, I live an extraordinary dream-life — except that it need not be a fact, or a dream, or a life. I simply dream the fact that I live, and live the fact that I dream. I dream, living, and live, dreaming — a snowflake one moment, a star the next — when, out of nowhere, comes a voice, a hand, a shower of senses — and I remember how foolish it is to speak of such things, and so I say the words anyway, or dream that I am saying them. And that is my life — except that it need not be so — it need not — no, not at all. Until now, love. A shower of hands. The sky is about to fall.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Canvas 532

as words once said soon take flight
from each strong bough in winter white
one more dance is black’s delight

Canvas 532

February 4, 2015