Thursday, December 31, 2015


i tell you of my day;
the turning of rain to frost upon twilight's windows
the fierce duality of my contentment
the friction of bone upon sinew
i tell of the taste of field honey on my tongue

i ask you things temporal & temporary
things eternal & of dark mystery
things rising & falling
things unspoken & chanted under stars
i ask for morsels of your ordinary

i sit in patient presence of the sublime
transcendent love
transcendent simplicity
transcendent songs
i sit with you in the secret garden of evermore 

legacy drifting

i had the heart for circus tents
stripes & poles & elephants
building up & tearing down
riding trains from town to town

i slept in garrets castle walls
wrote by candles thru wars & falls
wearing lace & leather vests
secluded, deluded by nature's scent

i had the legs to scale great heights
breathe the air of mountain's starry night
spread these arms to vistas high
feel comet's rush and touch the sky

i toiled in fields on soldier's thick
patching, repairing--holding the sick
ancient wisdom in hands small
what lies in men i knew it all

i had the soul to change the world
to step off edges wings unfurled
fearless & flying & comet bound
to leave the earth more green, more round ...

instead life lies ordinary
tucked & tended--hardly legendary
yet each moment holds opal-chasms-delight
each breath cradles day's twilight

we strive to leave a mark, a talisman
of our solitary time here passing
each thread, each hand, each song is spun
to connect us all to the path of the Sun

i had the heart for circus tents ......

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

where it takes you.

in the white-late-december-almost-there-almost-not sky
frosted gray blankness rising
a secreted waning winter moon

between them
miles of stark cold nothing-everything
two panes of glass
smoothed of want
pressed in transparent pain
wakened to knowing
love resides
snow falls silently residing in
the smooth corners of
whispered delight
cold becomes the night
becomes the glass
darkness the great equalizer
we stars

Monday, December 21, 2015


there is something about the light at five o'clock that
moves - transcends - transports
to some ancient mind-place of aquamarine-glossy-greenness
peeling from a 107 year old hallway smelling of cinnamon, shalimar and cherry pie.
this five o'clock twilight shimmers in wakefulness as toes skim carpet
lined by narratives of purpose and tomorrows,
while from a window violet-mullioned,
a single skeleton-elm beckons thread-bare and eager
for a butterscotch-honey connection on the corner of
11th and this cold moon
wake me to this light always ...
wake me to winter's slumbered quest to gaze out the
frosty windows to the ice highways of the plains where river valleys sing of loneliness
sing to me of soul laid hollowed and milk-yellowed to the lily-green of spring
this light … 

Thursday, December 17, 2015

to sail . . .

Winken, Blynken and Nod one night
set sail in a cashmere boat
with oars made of pearls
and a peppermint hull
and a captain in a turquoise coat
the moon rose up
and captured the night
as the sails billowed & filled
carrying the ship
across the sea
under stars from a diamond-quartz mill
an opal deck stretched fore & aft
rainbowing under full-moon
with masts of ebony
reaching up to the night
as the dish whirled about with the spoon
upon the deck
glowed a golden chest
with swirls of amber paisley
a latch made of porcelain
a handle of mint
with buckles of snow-drop daisies
it opened right up
with a will of it's own
and there on a bergamot bed
nestled amongst deep-scarlet silk
was a clock with a dragon's head
a clock of the finest silver
knotted in the finest weave
tic-tocking & churning on wheels & cogs
tiny hands of an amethyst vive
the wee dragon's head
shimmered & shone
with scales of deep forest green
it's eyes were of snow, with lashes of gold
the most mischievous smile ere' seen
then the dragon peered out of it's nest of silk
and yawned with might & sleep
the eyes did blink
the nostrils flared
with his wings unfurled he did sweep
out from the clockworks !!
out from the chest !!
the wings spread 30 feet wide
fluttered & moved
with grace & aplomb
until he shifted the ocean's tide
waves rolled up
over stem & stern
the peppermint hull they pounded
shuttering - shaking with fury & force
as they captain stood there astounded . .
" hang on me maties, hang on me friends
and bring those sails quick down
batten them up & 'don your coat
and pray we all don't drown "
winken, blynken & nod set to work
'astrapping the sails down tight
as the dragon beat his broad, gorgeous wings
raising the ship to moonlight . . .
the vessel set sail upon currents of wind
as the dragon his wings he did fold
he lowered his head,
one small puff he then blew
this quest was long foretold . .
of a ship, crew of four, a night & a song
and a dragon born of stars
to set off on a journey to circle the world
to learn the secrets of Mars
the crew did relax with a sigh of content
as the ship balanced & sped
the dragon at rest on his bed of silk
story born from twilight's thread
winken, blynken & nod set out
humming a broadway tune
captain of turquiose at the helm
as a cow jumped over the moon . . .
the ship flew into deepest night
for coasts & planets unknown
as the crew peered up 'ore the starboard side
and the stars their pleasure shone
the clockwork-dragon rests peacefully
curled up in it's quiet, soft space
breathing & dreaming of far off delights
and the piece that fills a hollow place . .
a compass for travel
a compass to roam
a dragon of tic-tocking gifts
who appeared one day at a quater to May
always able to compass you home . .

Wednesday, December 16, 2015


windows hastily opened
apple cider afternoon
dipping to cool words inked
black on white
cut-out in ice perfections slice
in five/four time
cool me ....
so neatly the burn lies folded under the tabernacle pillow
gray velvet peeking
broke open by words
black on white on wildly beating hearts
five/four time crashing about the overcast day of gray
frost forms upon the glass
cool me

Monday, December 14, 2015

hollowed ground

figs lay there upon the ground;
marzipan & acorns
a fairytale of scattered words
to the fallen frost
a promise
a night
a light
spoken charms & curses
steam rising from fermented dreams
bundle up tight
tangle the wool-weave tight to your heart
stand with me
upon this sacred place
broken whole
tokens of mystery
shaken from
your fist--sugar-dusted figs thrown
offered to stars
as talismans
a promise
a gift
to a winter moon shrouded by clouds & expectation
hidden from sight
ringed by particles of golden light
this night

Sunday, December 13, 2015

brew . . .

Wolfsbane, salvia & saffron thread
3 breaths of moonlight as I circle the bed
Polaris softly beckons on galaxies shore
As Venus brightens & sits at my door
Copper & bone true mordant tight
Pain sharply nudges to awaken our flight
Yew, primrose & bittersweet plucked & bundled up
PatrĂ³n & Melissa blend in my cup. . .
Drink it up!

Happy-ness waits on edge of rich teal
As we punish self for crimes temporal or real
Let go
Acknowledge the toll on your heart
All glory, divinity and
the missing part. . .
Humanity is born from shadows & bright
Happy is worthy of a soul-saffron fight . .
Drink the cup of forgiveness steeped in dreams & rite
Raise your glass
Drink the thunder
and step into light. . .

Thursday, December 10, 2015

through the woods of you

lost i have always been
sweet cherry basket left upon the forest floor
abandoned solitary delights ...
tempting to creatures wild & determined
why have i waited here for so long
for you to bite?
what is the pull?
the intrinsic desire to be gobbled whole ....?
come to me thru your brambles and thorns
come to me with edges raw & blackened
your dark fits felted within my light
my light....
as i grow weary & cold with no skin
to wrap these silver bones
sweet cherry winter waiting 

Wednesday, December 9, 2015


... brushes against me
like violet tulle upon skin left in the sun too long
startling in its edges, wakeful in its harshness
i am poised on the late day cusp of nearness
closer to the fire of being
resonating to the beat of living
waiting no more for the knock upon my door
upon my heart
i am the door
i am the one i've been waiting for ,,, 

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

....from the other side

the view vast
soft blue cold
with wildness upon my tongue
tangled contentment
soft blue contentment
this winter's afternoon
restless yearning
held in by the hands of time
hands of my own choosing ....
palliative amusements linger over licorice tea & marzipan tempests
sweeping winds carried on the backs of nuthatches
soft blue cold
wrapped wool knowing  
sing to me of water and dreams
sing to me of winter's bite
hold me in golden arms that smell crisp & ripe
sing to me of home
of ancient fields folded
soft blue cold
this view from the other side ....

Monday, December 7, 2015


There was a time
when i was content to be suzy-chapstick-shortcake
butterfly pink
pretty polished shiny
as the chrome on that 1958 beige rambler
that sits idle in that driveway--
there ....
smelling like my mother's tabu & pendelton sweater
pearls & bonanza all wrapped up like a present ...
your present
waiting to ferment,
simmered .
age does that....
this time
i am gypsy-crazy
intently wandering for something dark & blue
my core of pierced truth
draped in broken fragments of my eternal pixie-vision
the desire
to stand awash in the blood, bone & breath of all that has come before
and all that lingers
pulsing beyond the borders of
this knowing
this time ...
awaiting only my own blossoming
dragon-blood fire thick & ethereal as an approaching thunderstorm
not content
not pink
but tangled in blues
greys ,,,
yearning into the far empty corners of my want
as i intently desire .....