habitation

i’ve inherited a house –
a dwelling of immensity
and splendor – from its
curtained pines to the healing virtues
of its baths to its icy pinnacles,
it is moving and divine.
it has room enough for multitudes –
sheltering a diversity of occupants
in its expansive chambers.

i pause in wonder every day
at being one of the lucky ones
to share this mighty castle.
residency, one must understand,
has simple rules, benefitting all:
use only what you truly need;
mop up your own messes;
repair each place you damage –
for others follow in your footsteps.

we inherited a house the day we became part
of mother earth’s community.

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In the coming weeks I will release a pre-publication booklet featuring photography and excerpts of longer poems – similar to this post. A more complete release is coming at a later date. Stay tuned for more details.

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sparkling wine

 

o dazzling scarlet sphere
your brilliance bejewels the
wonderland of white,
your resolve transmits warmth, glows
though cloaked in heavy frost.

o sparkling tiny globe,
resplendent in coat of wine, you
lend your love, extend your hope
into landscapes bereft of light,
exploding into exultation.

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mixed media

on days when grays prevail,
limbs bereft of foliage,
winds’ lament taunting
huddled figure stumbling
under cloak’s weight, her
dreams reveal a palette of another
hue, where goldenrod dances with olive,
nodding demurely to creams, rusts, crimsons –
vibrant rendezvous on sun-drenched sands.

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Photo Credit: Stacey L. Rhoades. Used with permission.

the sum of small things

 

delicate blossom, defenseless alone, yet
fierce when flanked by other fragile
faces, each locking floral arms to
rise and brave the world.

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constricted

tight squeeze, a hard place
not of my choosing,
constricting movement.

carrying only the basics –
gear for the journey,
tools for the task.

before sandstone crevice
i tremble, weep, tightness gripping
my chest as i lay all aside.

for what? there is no assurance.

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when fog descends

When fog shrouds your soul,
all is cold, lifeless and damp,
the call of geese does little
to draw you to freedom.
You have no wings.

Cast upon unfriendly shore
where colorless surf pounds,
sandpipers hurry to avoid swirling water
which threatens to engulf you, too.
You have no boat.

So close your eyes,
let vibrant images fill your mind,
recall majesty once beheld,
bid your soul rise.
Awaken to eternal hope.

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peace

peace.
do we really want it,
or is it a silken
syllable that easily slips
from the tongue without meaning?

peace.
is it desirable
or does its calm
soothing presence agitate us
with its stodgy serenity?

peace.
is it the passive mindset
of the emotionally weak,
of those intellectually incapable
of bold intention?

where is peace?

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