Monthly Archives: April 2018

On Nature

Along the fence the raspberry vines planted last year climb round arches of green cane heavy already with leaf blossoms to follow fruit yet to come From their base rise multiple shoots tender as the first vines vying for water … Continue reading

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On Kindness

Kindness the curriculum of wise mothers for their children learning bruises on the streets from bullies Meanness the game`plan of frightful boys who become men for whom graces are but tactics to exploit Heartache the condition of partnerships grown so … Continue reading

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On Dying

The fear of the thing the unknown flat`earth`edge where sailors tumble into the abyss We still set dragons on our charts where darkness denies insight leviathans play us A priest or any poet will know better a poem’s last line … Continue reading

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Telling Time

Still the snows in the green fields wait to fly to the Yukon teaching goslings swimming ponds When I glanced last at a calendar I cannot now remember my time measured by rafts of geese And the humpies returning from … Continue reading

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Credo

I believe many things but I trust few belief being by heart trust by mind so I believe I believe I heard God speak once long ago a voice out of a tree said ‘go home or you’ll die’ I … Continue reading

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The Migrant

The migrant lives in the arroyo his ambition survival the world before him vast wide`open as the sky but he cannot see the border The border is always invisible if one has no identity it’s the papers make a man … Continue reading

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The Prunings

In the spring we burn the prunings from the old cherry trees the rich smoldering smoke sweet in the April breeze as the cherries of June now in bloom Every season has a favorite fragrance winter’s scent snow`falling summer’s scent … Continue reading

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Rocky Point

The wind has just caught the stern of the boat hard waves wash over it til now it’s swamped my kit is afloat so I bail She asks Will it still run? Run `round the point There’s a quiet bay … Continue reading

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The Coyote

The coyote no longer races along the fence`line in fields of winter`wheat the doe & her fawns have abandoned the hill`sides The ospreys have all forsaken circling over the river in quest for today’s feast and the golden`eagles have surrendered … Continue reading

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Gone Fishing

Once again the siren song of the fisher`man calls across the pass from the big river come my friend wet your keel Cast your line into deep waters cold as snow`melt where wild steelhead still run in currents carving the … Continue reading

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Fading Glory

Already the daffodil begins to fade yesterday stout in splendor bright too soon gone brown and today we tout these tulips’ lips so scandalous blood`red so bred `til irises raise heads of sappy beards to capture the eye of tomorrow’s … Continue reading

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The Spring Garden

The spring garden lies buried in the soil where last autumn roots spread winter`bound `til tender broken `til tender broken and gentle sifted with rich remnants of history of animal & vegetable `til careful planted `til careful planted with the … Continue reading

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