Friday, February 28, 2014

Canvas 365



Canvas 365

February 28, 2014


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A place, a face


In making something,
we make a world;

in making a world,
a day gone by;

in a day gone by,
a place to lie;

in a place, a face
that makes the sky.



Wednesday, February 26, 2014

That light may pass through


During the night, I was awakened
by these words:

Held in her hand,
that light may pass through.

And now, looking out,
comes dawn to the world.



Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Scars


Where I come from,
even scars have scars.

I call this Beauty,
and in giving scars the name,

I make other scars
to love.



Monday, February 24, 2014

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Shower of stones


A shower of stones,

miles below those saints
who love their pain,

and what it shows,

are those who call
the stones their friends,

and roll them
up again.



Saturday, February 22, 2014

Affair with a fence post


Damn right, an affair
with a fence post,

and jealous
of barbed wire :

now that you ask,
but not that you care,

with night in the scope
and smoke in our hair,

sure as I’m here
and sure as you’re there,

spooky as spoke
those tongues

in the fire,
witness,

I said witness

the host,

try your neck
on that galaxy’s rope,

and maybe,
it just may be,

you’ll know what it means
to be out here,

forever,

together,

alone,

with our fear.



Friday, February 21, 2014

A hundred years of sunlight


There’s a hundred years
of sunlight

in that wood,

so love the fire well.


A hundred years
of sunlight,

as one might,

were a child born,

or an angel fell.



Thursday, February 20, 2014

The great gray day


The great gray day
a gray ship gray
the captain
gray

as
gray
gives way
to night they say

set sail

set sail

set sail

the great night gray
a gray ship gray
the captain
gray

as
gray
burns gray
to light their way

yet pale

yet pale

yet pale



Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Precious your gifts


Precious
your gifts

as grains
of dust

bear
pollen

to wind

:

precious
your breath

as gifts
bear us

dreams
of earth

again

.



Monday, February 17, 2014

Canvas 360



Canvas 360

February 17, 2014


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Light as light


Light as light
can tread

might praise
the wind

its artless
scattering

and night
as night

is said
what was

be ever
gathering

bright as bright
within

upon
above

beyond
the sight

of love
in hearts

and minds
not chattering



Sunday, February 16, 2014

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Friday, February 14, 2014

You know, without love


You know, without love,
the lonely life a jewel must lead.

See the maple, bare,
how she shivers after rain.



Thursday, February 13, 2014

In the distance


In the distance,
against the mountains,

mountains of clouds
against the sky,

as far as eye
can see, find me

as near as here
can be.



Wednesday, February 12, 2014

A loaf of bread, a pirate chest


A loaf of bread
a pirate chest

a well-paved road
an eagle’s nest

a butter knife
a good sharp ax

a bed of down
a cold-bright moon

a dream of old
a face unknown

a frail hand
a place to rest



Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Monday, February 10, 2014

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Saturday, February 8, 2014

In the mirror a window


In the mirror a window : beyond the window
falling snow : in a mirror the snow : falling
in the here and now : upon your brow
as near can be or go : the snow
beyond is all : the mirror
can see : you
know



Friday, February 7, 2014

If eye


If eye were a camera
what would show of snow
wide with wonder wise
as the mind I find
can blow



Thursday, February 6, 2014

The distance


The distance between
two snowflakes

is a kiss is
to melt

is

to say

even death
will be

felt

this way



Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Crocus bright in buttonhole


Crocus bright in buttonhole
sewn by master hand

hears mad steps
beast lowers

head

acute ankle teeth
joy pain grief

white snow
deep

in flower’s
modest

bed

crocus bright in buttonhole
is all the master

said



Tuesday, February 4, 2014

As a day can be


As a day can be influenced
by an unremembered dream,

and a dream can be influenced
by an unremembered day,

a dream remembered
can be a life away

from the influence
it comes to mean.



Monday, February 3, 2014

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Spirit night


Arriving one by one
the lights in shop windows
become a congregation
of butterflies

finding it a spirit night
we go about our joy
as any child
might

and does
and will

and must
because

night itself is on the wing



Saturday, February 1, 2014

You wonder where words


You wonder where words go
on stones so old

when nothing
but gray

remains

to spell them home

:

whispered
blown

scattered
sown

nurtured
grown

:

and arise such voices
in choir the souls

their fate untold
that brings us

here

:

gathered
known

blessed
flown

.