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Saving Grace

    There’s still birdsong in the garden as the early morning lightens with stars sequined in a sheer veil of sky.   And beneath the veil, a woman’s face stares at the other side of yesterday   where a crowd toppled the metal presence of a saint. The cross in his hand   dug […]

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Time Through An Eastern Window

you departed, You went into far Ku-to-yen, by the river of swirling eddies, And you have been gone five months. Ezra Pound Wind moves in softly.   She pulls a mauve veil over the sun’s complexion, twilight deepens the sky.   Shadows tether boats to trees guarding  the river leaves yearn to drift south.   […]

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The Inn Of Verse

The doors bolted lanterns dark.   A man bundled with reeds on his back looks elsewhere to stoke his thoughts.   A woman with her shawl and bag of wool turns elsewhere to weave her tale.   The twilight stark as seagulls strike the air with their shriek –   their flint tongues hungering   […]

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Babylon

(LA,  June 1, 2020) Angels watch their city burn as the crowds torch palm trees and cars, smash   storefront  windows where  they once saw their reflections blend with people from down town, a twin   exposure that made them feel almost human. Now, the broken glass lies scattered and street lamps hold   a […]

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Beyond Sleepy Hollow

The road between dreams and reality is one that must be negotiated….                                                                                                     Jack Zipes He dreamt of her incessantly, a young woman wandering through his garden. Her face cameo’d on the cool, showered  dusk. A pallid impression of something. Something like the  thistles and lilies resigned  to bloom as stalks of  pain, of pathos […]

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En Plein Air

    Winged with rain clouds, the south wind moves smelling of pines and sea.   Birds glide on her shoulders looking for the ancestral nests they left behind. Woven of wild grass and vine, baskets that once held eggs then hatchlings stay aloft  but withered   on roof or gate.  White storks after  a […]

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The Wheel, The Cross, The Flame

  Gwendrina · The Wheel, The Cross, The Flame 2 I I provided you with stone and timber to craft a wheel:   for rolling cargo, milling grain telling time.   But you also put two on the axel of a chariot that raced in war.   That was not my intent.   II I […]

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Early Evening In The Kitchen

  Black stippled on polished concrete. The ants create their own pointillism on my sink. A sprawl of panicles reminiscent of  wheat or wild grass.  And  I remember us similar in the summer haze, fitting into the granular landscape along  with the water and woods. Light fading in among the leaves.   But close-up, we […]

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Myth Maker

    The hour’s splendor is story. Intricate as the sun casts his web of light, the wind its breath, the spider her silk. and in their netting of time   I become a wren perched  on a fence, watching tall grass lean toward the pines. their trunks exposing   the wood work of beetle […]

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The Stele

  ( For Anisha ) I became a bride then a mother giving him female fruit, a daughter and two miscarried children.   My girl is beautiful, perfumed but dead to him as the young child we saw holding a pomegranate  on  the Greek stele  in Ankara. I loved the city and gave her its […]