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Sediment

  What makes the morning cool and gray, sprinklers rinsing the grass and light settling on the shoreline of dawn, gives one  peace of mind or its haunting.   Lawn chairs are folded, neighbors asleep, all shadows non-human except mine — and still,  I hear someone coughing. A low, smoker’s cough. The sound familiar but […]

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Phenomenologist

       What was perceived most were the chains – then the shadows on the wall – the world as we know it dancing in front of the fire, perceived as reality, but always neutered, still.   The thing-in-itself, defined, nurtured, aroused – but not justified – made whole by friction with its next-to […]

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Winter’s Contemplation

Spring works underground, prepares meticulously for her coming-out party in green. Old Man Winter kicks back to relax, hushes now with no rush as pure white drapes quieted landscapes and surrounds the world as marvelous, magical, mystical, majestical grounds. He reclines, wholly-satisfied, stirs not on this December day, never unsettling the silent sound.     […]

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Vitriol Season

I can’t help noticing of late; topics which call for calm debate instead bring participation in the Art of Irritation. In a time for truth and reason, we’ve entered vitriol season. Prod the opponent to attack, point and giggle “He blew his stack!” When first reaction’s “How dare you”; hold off a day or maybe […]

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The Harpist

If I could  wander the beach with a slip underscoring my skirt like foam, a harp under my arm mapping the air with its musical longitude,   I would be like her. Spirit or shadow always on the strand of time never fitting the pace that treads terminal or tunnel, a street of clocks and […]

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A Christmas Message

Luke 2:8-14 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, […]

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Desert Trek

  Transcending trainees venerate our trio awed by its regal mystery, repressing new passions in arid nausea, hiking duality trails with camels and bearded earthly kings, conversing Bedouin, ethics, monogamy, time journeys by association.   We sip kava, quietly laugh, at this our evening entourage and their youthful dialect … then a pause, gasps, as […]

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Free Day

Snow falls, no school today. Moms send children outside: sledding, making snowmen, building snow forts, snowball fighting. On through to eventide children still play. Mom calls.

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The Russian Connection

She portrayed Garbo as Anna with darkened hair and her hood framed by fur, A silver arch.   lit by the face of  a penitent. St. Adulteress. Russian icon sacred as those in old monasteries or  The Winter Palace.   Marie could  paint beyond the photo, extract what made all of us breathless — and […]

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Messaging In The Country

They each have their own gossip, their own sound, their own rustling whispers and smells…. Charles de Lint    In the  warm wind,  trees text each other, leaf flutter  the  ripe scent of  berry and  pine, the breath   of sawn wood — until a woman interrupts crossing their  path on wheels.   Again, the […]