Sunday, May 26, 2024

Blue Desert

It’s the last week of May and

the spring bulbs are all done. The iris

isn’t blooming yet, The peonies

hang their heavy heads over

the lawn.

                   This morning at dawn

the sky was striped pink and orange

like Utah sandstone. Shafts of sun

fell through gaps in the clouds

as into slot canyons.

                                      I’m folding

the down comforters. I’ve put away

the space heater. It’s not yet time

for the air conditioner. There’s

still dew on the lawn.

                                      Soon enough

the rain gauge will rattle empty.

Soon the clouds will roll back

and leave the sky a blue desert,

hot and featureless until the first

curl of smoke.

 

Books Available
Dervish Lions
The Day of My First Driving Lesson
Country Well-Known as an Old Nightmare's Stable
High-Voltage Lines
Knocking from Inside

Friday, May 24, 2024

Saturday, May 11, 2024

Aurora Lullaby

Brightness rims the horizon.

Brightness fills the bowl of night.

The Big Dipper gleams through a scarf of red silk.

Poles of pale light hold wide the tent of sky,

the curtain drapes of velvet dark.

 

Bring me the last scoop of the moon.

Bring me a star-song, a taste of wine and wintergreen,

a dipper of aurora light,

here in the cathedral dome of darkness

under the drift of living stained-glass panes

all lit up by the breath of God.

 

Books Available
Dervish Lions
The Day of My First Driving Lesson
Country Well-Known as an Old Nightmare's Stable
High-Voltage Lines
Knocking from Inside

Sunday, May 05, 2024

At Play in the Fields of the Lord


 

Good-bye, Calico, You were a good dog. You had magnificent ears.

Your eternal Master has called you home.

 

Books Available
Dervish Lions
The Day of My First Driving Lesson
Country Well-Known as an Old Nightmare's Stable
High-Voltage Lines
Knocking from Inside

Monday, April 29, 2024

So Far from Family and Fire

prompt misquoted from Danusha Laméris’ “Small Kindnesses”

 

far from hearth, heart, heart-stone

from home-light, home-life

 

far from hearth-rug, old dog sprawled seeking heat to comfort old bones

 

far from kettle, far from black pot swung on iron hook, andirons, fire-irons, fire-screen

 

far from house-wife, house-husband, house, home, kitchen, dog

 

wings of fire, dragon-fire, phoenix-fire, sky-spread like sails.

 

 

Books Available
Dervish Lions
The Day of My First Driving Lesson
Country Well-Known as an Old Nightmare's Stable
High-Voltage Lines
Knocking from Inside