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Something Precious

What is it within us I wonder makes us so beloved of God  Something certainly beyond the skillful things we make with hands that feel so broken The painfully awkward things we write by evening candlelight with failing eye failing … Continue reading

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Three Haiku

i. one cannot be gone before she has departed or return un`gone ii. the summer salmon follows the scent of the stones she has never seen iii. the sad mourning dove now alone at the feeder forgets how to coo … Continue reading

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Creating Worlds

Take me somewhere with your words spun like spiders’ webs over` night in places I might pass Catch me if you can by surprise with images woven in your heart Tell me of something makes your heart stop for sheer … Continue reading

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On Power

I thought I had it Instead it had me The ability to move others in the direction of the awakening light away from the night` mare of their grief Hope is but a gift A gift not my own a … Continue reading

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Remembering

I was just remembering      your ’53 Chevy coupe How on hot summer nights we’d drive out into the fields      until we found a canal      with irrigation water How we’d strip to our shorts and … Continue reading

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Wild`Flowers

I have given up growing flowers from seed those tiny little nursery packets like Subway commercials advertising things far more appetizing than what’s served on wax`paper in a plastic sack Summer nights we’d sit out on the stoop on 113th … Continue reading

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The Fisherman

On the river among deep coulees we turn the motor off Let the boat drift down` stream to find its course Let the currents take us where`ever when`ever they will in a silence soft & sweet In their racks the rods … Continue reading

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Lunch`Time in the Orchard

They sit in the dirt at the ends of the rows row upon row upon row of apple trees they pruned in autumn sprayed in spring now back to pick in summer They sit in the dirt eating corn tortillas & … Continue reading

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After the Burn

The land heals given enough time where fire has scorched it down to the very stone the winter snows come to cover the scabs with their balm By mid`summer the black wasteland is covered once again with swaying switch`grass variegated … Continue reading

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Summer Fog

Once again the fog lies heavy a scrim on the woods on which shadows silent dance  Your form hides in the mist first here then there only to disappear a soft spirit What are we but water in air? Conforming figures … Continue reading

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The Song of the River

From a distance the river calls to me Come! Slip your keel into my steady flow Follow my lead Deep mysteries lie within my reach Secrets great & small of man chasing boy with line & hook My silver angels … Continue reading

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Avian Welfare

In the dead pine`snag birds sit in conference Seven large black crows on the upscale branches Thirteen white seagulls on the lower`rent ones awaiting the fish`cleaning that is about to get started in the shallows below them the crows mum … Continue reading

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