Sunday, July 24, 2011
beneath green shaded canopy
humbled by nature's sweet heart beat
you cracked a branch, peeled the skin
showed me the star that hides within
forgotten stories, remembered words
above our heads, a church of birds
high wire chirp-fest, a gathering
assembled perhaps that they might sing
no choir songs, but they did instead
take off at once above our heads
soft-wing, day stars filled the sky
showed us in spirit a legend and why
stars are born and understood
deep inside of cottonwood
The Arapaho Indians believe that cottonwoods are fundamental to the creation of the star-studded night skies. When the night spirit needs stars, it asks the wind spirit to blow, and blow hard it does, until cottonwoods shed some of their branches. At the broken places is left a star-shaped pattern in the wood, where a new star was born into the sky. [
Monday, July 18, 2011
Lord, bid war's trumpet cease;
Fold the whole earth in peace.
~Oliver Wendell Holmes
Writing with skin and blood,
metal bits that shine inside
sewn up pieces of survival
Operation endures selfless
tiny handwriting says
"Don't visit this place,
go to Venice instead,"
my head fills with images
Your mom's arms wrapped tight
around you, holds your face in her hands,
thanks every particle of every God
that has ever known
a damn religion,
anywhere, ever -
Thoughts scrape the edge of time,
days dream of "Venice and anywhere instead,"
awkward questions float on paper hearts,
So, you write to us,
skin, blood and a soul shining
on all that you'd give to be home
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
this child dreams
wears purity well,
climbs inside scattered branches
pops her head up to
suprise the little birds,
squinches a lovely eye
at God's sheer blue curtain
stillness can suddenly go
in every direction
bent over, breathing hard,
freelance miracles hide deep for discovery
sings off-key with feathered faces,
they take their wings
point at her feet,
serenade the beautiful nelipot
skipping over stones
without her shoes
but still, she knows,
takes just a tiny toe sweep
and she tucks herself together
at the edge of her dream
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Monday, July 11, 2011
Saturday, July 2, 2011
Everytime I try to fall from the face of the earth,
gravity throws an arm out like a protective mother
who has without a single warning
heart-attack-slammed her brakes on.
Gravity, always very polite when she introduces herself,
tells me her name is Reality, weaves veracious fingers
through my hair, pulls hard to see
her impetuous, bitching disappointment.
Annoyed of all her frequent visits,
I set my "fuck you" stare on her
ask if she's ever walked away from anyone,
just left the world up to them.
She laughs, kisses my cheek,
we're huddled in a dark theater,
a persistent invitation sits at the edge of my heart.
Teeth chatter heavy, cold, the overwhelming screen looms.
Fear loosens my adhesive will, and the lights dim.
She hands me a box of kleenex, says
"It's ok to spill some of that salt in your eye, honey,"
and I spend the next few hours watching myself
beg her over and over not to leave me.