i stand at the kitchen window long enough to grow roots
twisting down through the egg-cracked floor
into the fallible foundation of basement
this is my mirror and my afterlife and i know
i will haunt this place with my broad moon face
for seven wing-tipped generations
yet you taunt me with your hollow hope umbrage
moving through me as you glide overhead
my fingers the branch you choose to land on
though i never catch a wing or move a feather
and your song is more metaphor than melody
still, we know each other through this dark dirty pane
recognition confirmed by the silver you drop
even as you know i will tarnish-change to black
just like you and your silhouette of hands cupped
life running down my white sketched arms
as this sink filled with mud overflows
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bone dried and bleary eyed
i walk through the forest of neversleep
dreams muted by sharp edged branch
and echoes of earthquake
on a horizon always curving
to the left
i am not lost
in the blue pooled darkness
and my feet are always moon bare
beneath the sky laced curtain
of shift and shadow’s
there are screams left behind
in cold footprints
and howls mirrored
in black ice
and the light that arrives
just to save me
from the corners
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you run black hills
with the strength of five thousand
pounding smoke and dropping rivulets
of pink man blood sweat
everything about you is saturated
ruby rum lips and fiery opinion
erupting in long lava sentences
melting holes in paisley promise
as if you can boil a prism down
to the last grey nugget of truth
but violet vapors and emerald emission
always manage to escape
floating up and out behind you
in a clown-cloud of blush and burnt umber
just a touch of ochre ozone
burns my nostrils as you pass
waving daffodil hellos and
jaded celadon goodbyes
and you wink your sea glass eye
just to prove
with opal portent
that you see
black and white
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of ever-growth and always-change
married to shadow music and feather sky
by a fine-filmed pastor of sunrise
morning-moves act as guide and angry compass
tea-burnt and beauty believed
by every sacrosanct ripple-day
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they dressed her in an avalanche of neutral
andrew wyeth beige and winslow homer grey
winter sunrise and stormy mountain
forced her arms into deep black holes
wrapped her in yards of starless night sky
tied neatly with ribbons of pavement
her crown of thorns was a veil of apathy
covering over emerald eyes and hiding ruby lips
and her tall boots were caked
as if the sky could ever be tethered
as if a heart could be covered in silence
as if the hem of her crazy quilt skirt
wouldn’t always find a way to show through
no matter how they tried
her name was color
her mind was a hurricane of freedom
born again every third sunrise
with a litany of o’keeffe orange
and pollock purple
bleeding out from the tear
in her side
a permanent fountain
This was yesterday morning, and the blizzard had just started.
And a blizzard it was, nothing pretty about this storm, no gently falling snow, no winter wonderland, just crazy blasting wind, hard white pellets, dropping temperatures.
This morning it’s nine degrees. And this window feeder is buried in snow. This little chickadee was the last bird I saw there yesterday. After that, I hope he found a bit of shelter. Along with all his friends.
Later this morning, I’ll have to go out and start the clean up process, digging out, shoveling, clearing snow off the roof, which was already leaking when I got up. But first, I’ll feed the birds, the feathered warriors of winter. And I’ll tell them that tomorrow, it’s supposed to be in the high 40s again.
I’ll tell them that spring is working its way here, albeit slowly.
Hang on, Mr. Chickadee, hang on.
the importance of numbers is self-prescribed
days add up to life
lives add up to minutes
when to bloom
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It felt like a long ago dream,
that moment in the sun when everything changed.
She remembered the crow cawing loudly overhead, a warning.
She remembered the smell of smoke and the neighbor’s cries,
the damp earth beneath her back,
soaking up the sweat that ran from her body.
Forever stretched all the way up,
touching the cloud of regrettable sky.
She closed her eyes and saw red.
She opened them and saw nothing.
Silence was everywhere in the air around her,
and she held still, so still, trying to listen.
Beside her, a green shoot pushed up through the earth,
a feather tickle to the back of a dark-spotted hand.
A smile flew fast from her mouth, a strong white swift,
and carried old laughter away on the breeze.
The fleeting shadow of yesterday crossed her face,
And tomorrow became eternity’s muse,
dancing softly and praying for rain.