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Sabbath Rain

Large rain`drops fall into the July dust making small explosions of grit into humid air leave tiny craters where they fall no sooner begun than done A summertime tease or the divine reminder fall will return grass go green again … Continue reading

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A Passage`Way

We looked for a passage` way to freedom some small opening in a granite wall through which to scramble To get free from someone is a lot easier than to be free to something The gate is locked from the … Continue reading

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El Lechero

His name is Juan For the past 8 years he has been milking cows on a Skagit Valley dairy farm arrives at the barn at 5 AM leaves again at 5 PM He rents a house Juan is married His … Continue reading

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On War

We Americans love a good war It seems foisting a little revolution in the global arena is part of our DNA The Big Stick gets big budget bucks as the Soft Voice goes begging in our budgeting We were born … Continue reading

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El Viejo

The old man sits in the shade of an old umbrella the colors faded by the same sun which has turned his skin mahogany brown carved creases of hard work He is too old now for stooping his joints all … Continue reading

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The Trailer Park

The trailers of field workers all trimly painted line up like colorful boxes on a shelf A little battered but Home Outside in tiny yards the flowers bloom on tomatoes & roses on daisies & cacti all growing together Cherries … Continue reading

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Sabbath Rest

In the shade of life’s tree grown so old so tall by way of the years Sabbath rest In the canopy the bird trills melodies of grace of peace the world beyond gone away for a day

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Before the Rise

Before the rise of our civilization we were the people we were the land we worked on If crops failed we moved on to other fert`ler fields planted our seeds fed our families If we succeeded we saved enough for … Continue reading

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The Innocents

The children of the migrants pay for the crimes of their parents so innocently Born here they are citizens yet live in the fear their parents will be deported The shadow of that fear hides constantly in eyes darkly open … Continue reading

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ὁ λόγος

I look for you amid the familiar the ordinary places where I have seen you pass among the crowd but you’re not there never there where I last saw you It’s your way how you surprise lovers thru windows of … Continue reading

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The Night

The night is as the sea it swallows the light in shadows stretches moments into sleepless hours We sink into its deeps the kelp reaches out entangling our feet in memory’s vines  we cannot escape neither can we fall nor rise

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Selfless Love

Like the soil without water we’re merely dust without mercy we’re but ash But let love fill the furrows of our alienation forgotten seeds come to life Who guessed he held a garden until she cultivated his obstinate clay crushed … Continue reading

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