Friday, January 30, 2015

Soft Landing

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No end in mind

To begin, time and again, with no end in mind

To end, time and again, with no mind to begin

To find, time and again, you are now and then

(the rain, on a leaf, in the hand, of a friend)

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Starry night

Infinity, to me, is the wink of an eye;
the eye, where we meet, in the sweet by and by;
here, to complete, with eve, drawing nigh;
this dream, deep and neat, without knowing why;
we live, but to think, what we see, is the sky.


Posture grand,
leaf in hand,
I stand,

(a statue in your garden)

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Fear not a little song

Fear not a little song,
a little song, sung low, sung long,
sung in, sung on,

(make not your voice a wilderness)

Monday, January 26, 2015

Canvas 526

Canvas 526

January 26, 2015

’tis gettin’ to be

Well, now, ’tis gettin’ to be,
your love, and my love, make three;
and how pretty we’ll be, when spring comes,
fancy and free, as that deep, dark, dear,
wide, gray tide of a lonesome bell
rings in the valley.

Old acquaintance

I’ll wake with a gape, or a grapple;
you’ll take the cake; we’ll wind the watch;
and for the sake of auld lang syne, make love
of what’s left of what’s lost of our sweet
precious time.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

sic transit gloria mundi

person, place, or thing — if you would see them, set aside each name;
if you would love them, say not ours, or yours, or mine;
and if you would praise them, let them,
o pray, let them, sing.

Winter walk (not all are lost)

Wander east, or west, your presence, best, to express, wonder,
at the least, most blessed, of longer, tender, yonder, fonder, consequence.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Canvas 525

Canvas 525

January 24, 2015

Ancient as she is

Ancient as she is, teaching birth
to old age, and youth to play,

from winter looms,
her fabric falls


(and rain is like your soul’s first day)

Friday, January 16, 2015

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Canvas 513

Canvas 513

January 15, 2015

Tiny bells dressed in night gowns

Tiny bells dressed in night gowns — dewdrops mined
by busy tongues of goats — rim of rock — pasture crowns
your back and shoulders bare and brown
to breast your name
now flown

(to tune of tiny bells)

shepherd mind your flock
now down from cross to reach

(here the page is torn)

another shore

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Ocean, boat, sail

Ocean, boat, sail — love what you love,
and love what you do not love — sink with grace
or float — choose not — where you are least,
love is most — love is love’s result.

Speech, thought, bone

Speech, thought, bone — each, by word,
is formed — think of earth — geology, alone,
how it acts on stone — preach, not, one,
in name of better worth — believe,
in, all.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Canvas 511

Canvas 511

January 12, 2015

Almost never was

Through the kitchen window,
the cat, watching me drink a glass of water.

Through the kitchen window,
me, watching the cat, watching me.

Through the kitchen window,
the cat, watching me, watching him, watching.

Through the kitchen window,
a man, holding a glass emptied of water,
but full of everything else there is,
rushing in and out so quickly,
it appears there is nothing,
worth watching.

The cat, watches on.

The man, disappears,
thinking, he might be a window of sorts.

The cat, disappears,
watching, what might have been,
and, almost, never was.

That, too, disappears.

The rain, raining on, rains on rain.

Cat windows. Corn fields. Day dreams. Winter loves.

imagining you understand

imagining you understand what you imagine understanding
understanding you imagine what you understand imagining
imagine understanding what you understand imagining you

Sunday, January 11, 2015

And then one night

And then one night, night said,

Light is a message so light,
light lights upon light’s light light itself.

To which I replied,

So much like my reason, friend,
so rightly, so lightly, so brightly flown.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Let’s call this life our lantern

Let’s call this life our lantern, love,
for it lights our path with days now gone.

Let’s call this love our light.

Let’s call our past this love.

Let’s call this day our night,
our path our light, our way the stars above.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Canvas 510

Canvas 510

January 8, 2015

As different yet the same

As different as one snowflake from another,
yet the same, still, congregation,
poised, on the very verge,
of belief

(what else to do, than sing?)

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Canvas 509

Canvas 509

January 7, 2015

Canvas 508

Canvas 508

January 7, 2015

Canvas 507

Canvas 507

January 7, 2015

Call me strange

Call me strange, but I do not perceive,
and feel no need to believe,

that there is a clear difference
between what is real and what is imagined.

Indeed, to me, they are less two things,
than the ocean seems,

and what the ocean means,
in its solitary roar.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Letter a door, word a house

Letter a door, word a house,
phrase alone, sentence a home,
story to found a life upon,


through the window a paper birch,
on the ground her scroll


Monday, January 5, 2015

Canvas 506

when thorns become stars

Canvas 506

January 5, 2015

Nor large, nor small

Nor large, nor small, nor any size at all,
bright birds, upside down, above the garden wall,
hang on the rugged deep-green juniper;
while far below, or near, or there,
so clear, I hear them call,
fine fare, dine well,
good cheer,
be here,

Sunday, January 4, 2015

A spirit by the door

A spirit by the door — but should that alarm you
mind the latch — though pity’s all the more the in and out
of such who turn their back on her — for a closed door
is a closed heart — or had you never thought of that
in your wily winter watch — the malevolent one
who keeps the dark this side the more
the mind’s at mindless war?

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Canvas 505

nae the lines I chuse
but thae as chuses me

Canvas 505

January 3, 2015

A ghost in your sweet care

A ghost in your sweet care, the mist now mine to wear,
you summon me from here — confess, you do, my dear,
address your fate — declare my fear — the hour
late — caress, that I appear.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Canvas 504

how kindly you trace this mine of a face
as if a finger can hear

Canvas 504

January 2, 2015

Canvas 503

surely you must see
there cannot always be words
yet you say them anyway

Canvas 503

January 2, 2015

Canvas 502

thought held fast in amber
water drop upon your neck
placed where every breath
names a constellation

Canvas 502

January 2, 2015

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Canvas 501

Canvas 501

January 1, 2015

Mirror, mirror

Throughout this life its fleeting span


the greatest teacher and truest friend

The spirit knows not years

The spirit knows not years
and when at last we learn to die
sings dream to dance
and light to fly

(as if life were ever otherwise)