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Lavender

If the rain fell lavender today it would bring you back arms full of blossoms sweet scented with love that silly way you had of saying I love you that needed no words. I’m sure I heard you laugh today just as the rain began to fall. You gave tiny bunches of violets sweet scented […]

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Remnants

Here we are wearing old friends comfort. Tappan Lake plays like a mirror of our lives. October blaze commands our wanderings. The gray we wear in our hair says the music of youth has been played. We sit beneath a tree unpack apples and cheese neither of us fishing for conversation. Simultaneously we escape shoes […]

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Nighttime Painter

  Adjusting his prismatic palette while stepping in a leaf-covered studio, the nighttime painter quietly creeps through yards, front and back, planning tree shading and outlines.   He splashes more color- brighter oranges, burgundies, yellows, and browns, darker blends, deeper hues,   then steps away squints at the view before the great spotlight highlights new […]

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Poets of Autumn

Leaves have fallen; we rake and burn them. Smoke signals scent the season bittersweet. O! How time does go on, the pendulum never stopping. No need to grieve for the trees; they will endure. Though the air is gathering a chill, our Isadora scarves dance in the wind. We live in the miracle of today. […]

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The Reckoning

  the otherworld is watching.                      Charles de Lint   In the house of desert stone the sun first shines on a wash bowl and pitcher half-filled with water. The other half sinks into the skin of a woman who arose with lamplight and the need to write.   Having washed off the sweat of […]

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Presocratic

    The geese-traversed frozen lake like a black and white Jackson Pollack, arbitrary crisp prints on ice, thawing to smudged lines, early spring dissolving winter art to water supply, reminds me that the nutritive capacity to replenish all cells, mine included, buoys these geese all summer, touches all things local, is seasoned by all […]

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Breaking

  How do we break? In like new shoes In like intruding Out like Chickenpox Out like fleeing, leaving Up like a couple’s quitting call Up like coming apart in a science experiment Down like simplifying Down like a nervous one Through like comprehending Through like sun in clouds In, Out, Up, Down, Through In […]

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The Mask

windows to the soul empty yet commanding daring one to turn away without wondering what hides there behind the music and the laughter beyond the safety of anonymity beneath the all seeing eyes of feathers that do not tell but only hint of mystery and merriment with not a clue as to the truth whether it’s […]

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Republic Day – September/24/1976

Today we celebrate Republic Day, Our total severing from foreign rule, Our citizens now had the final say, With this the latest political tool We had entered fully into the fray, With piranhas and goldfish in one pool. What happened to the dreams we held so dear? Most have vanished like smoke into thin air. […]

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Writing Totems

….you have to become the person you need to become to write that book.                              Junot Diaz   Listless in the cool light of afternoon, a lizard scans the crevices along our wall waiting for me to fetch part of myself that’s a blend of fence and skink   clinging to language’s strata and burrowing […]