Wednesday, September 21, 2016

equinox

i am thunder
gifting
drifting
a pendulum equinox
graying into evening's felted weight
bumblebees journey to hive
trees press against the passing blue
monarchs to bark rich & thrumming with marigold wings
algae velvets green root to crown
across the linen lines of day
chimes the crystalline hour
home beckons
hairs on forearm pulse electric/electric
amber alchemies blood
love's alchemy
the home of moon and star
the cradle of wind
the arms of winter
calling
striking
cloud to ground
i am thunder
rumble.
gifting
drifting
pressed to you 
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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Of Septembers ...

writing sustains sometimes
fills the hollows when the river slows
mercurial, fluid and fierce
words & water
devotion weaved in destruction's whispers
rising
rising
to
bind the heart to land and moon
rising
rising
words pour from fingers unfamiliar
from hands once young
water
spills and tumbles over stone and shore
once young

we rise
we rise
tumbling, billowing in liquid hope
words & water 
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weather patterns

No tumult of hurricane 
no straight-line wind ripping the ground 
no flood waters rising
no ice storm cracking ...
softer than forecasted
stronger than expected
a mingled taste of blue night 
and 
crescent moon on the roof of my mouth
swallowed into
white river birch falling 
honeyed amber autumn 
pressing
pressing
pressure swells
into the corona lunar gravity
of you

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Sunday, September 11, 2016

never in vain

water fills the river
surprising tindered fields as autumn steals in
cooling the constraint of regret
cooling the arrogance of summer
water fills the river
color dances along the maple's branches ...
a thousand shades of green
leaves illuminated by sun & reflection
a thousand shallows
endless bends
winding
weaving
across the vastness of this moment
water fills the river

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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Algorithm for Minimizing the Impact of Thin Clouds at Mile Marker 397


west . . .
as the sun cotton-candies the day
tequila pink highway thump thum thump thum thump thums
palomino ghost cuts over prairie grasses & milo
dust's syruped sting tastes of soil & sage
time rolls to reo-red-wagon
seamless
tightness
opens
opens to the outflow
tendrils of possibility drift to earth
in direct ratio to the wanting of vermillion
and
the density of uncertainty
thump thum
thump thum
run palomino .... run west into the sun
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ode to a place by a river

tangle the thread
watch the indigo bloom
corn gone to seed
'neath the three-quarter moon
sweet pollen of prairie hangs in the night
sticky nostalgia drifts three stars to the right  
tapped, pulled and pressed to pink twilight's burst
tumbled and scattered in dust-motes rehearsed
at once both trapped under yesterday's kiss
and
here in this field under stardust & mist
eyes closed to hold tight the vestige of sensation
eyes open to welcome the electric vibration
here
in the vastness of wide open night
there
pierced & gifted with one promise bright
untangle the thread
smell the coming of rain
lay down in the tall grass ...
remain





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Sunday, August 28, 2016

history lesson re·dux

Oh Columbia! 
-- imagined history of our ancients --
where is our emancipator of despair?
bison spirit rising ,,,,
compassionate liberation
against
political collide
pull back the veil of stars & stripes
bloodied suffering revised to fit the supremacy
Oh say can you see -- our manifest destiny?
manifest genocide
redress -- recognize
indigenous wholeness and right
nationalism expedition colonization imperialism
manifest genocide, again
 ... our destiny wrapped
in
rhyme --  rhythm
by
Jackson
Jefferson
Cooper
Whitman
Hawthorne
Longfellow
Poe
Thoreau
darkness
blackness -- native peoples demonized
whiteness christianized
in
the
killing fields of the Americas
indian country 
follow the corn trail 
the trail of tears  ..
Mayans
Olmec
Toltec
Anasazi
Pueblo
Caribs
Maroons
Powhatans
Pequot
Abenaki
Mohican
Shawnee
Delaware
Wintu
Maidu
Miwak
Omo
Wappo
Havasaupai
Nez Perce Nation
Yokuts
Iroquois Confederacy
Natchez Nation
Hopi
Apache
Navajo
Cherokee
Pawnee
Kiowa
Ojibwa
Chippewa
Seminole
Lakota
Sioux
Comanche
Muskogee Creek
Tuscaroras
Chickasaw
Choctaw
Tlingit
Salish
Makah
Hoopa
Pomo
Karok
Yurok
Shoshone
Bannock
Paiute
Ute
Haudenosaunee
Green corn dance
Ghost Dance
Sun Dance
resist
redeem
(the revolution was  not televised)
repair
.... the soul of America
primal heroism and heart of our humanity
lost
     to
          the
impossible
passable
papable
grief
inherent
to wind
to river
to wilderness
legacy awakened ....
Oh redemption!

This land is your land

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