Wednesday, November 16, 2016

It
is
We'n'sday,
when forgotten
words hold forgotten
letters. Still, we carry them all:
Aeneas, Anchises, the statues of their statues.
The tower wobbles above us
as we flee the flames.
We always
forget
some
one.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

One
grain
at a
time, slowly
they lay their loads down,
return again into the ground
to gather more. The tunnels deepen. The ant nest grows.
These boulders they hoist, numberless
as stars, are too small
to count. God
still sees
them
all.





Monday, August 29, 2016

Leaving

The oaks have been good mentors over the past year. I will miss them.

They tell me not to worry about it. I am trying to listen.

They also tell me that no matter how well I listen, I won't ever be a tree. We're migratory creatures, some of us more than others. Few of us flit around quite as much as the blue jays and the cardinals, but we all spend our lives skimming along earth's surface. This, too, is okay. The trees reassure me that humans are fine and lovely creatures with their own kind of wisdom.

I get the idea that they aren't entirely clear on the concept, but they take it on faith that we exist with a life as rich and vibrant as their own. That is enough.

Their ignorance has taught me as much as their knowledge. Out of all that there is to know, we will always be ignorant of most of it. I had better learn how how to become good at being ignorant. I had better learn how to reach into the dark with fearless love.

Trees are not afraid of the dark. Half of their life is hidden in the underworld, where earthworms nest in their branches.

I am not a tree. The dark of the earth is for me a place of death, and I am not strong enough to feast on unfiltered light.

The oak trees spread above me, mediating glory, and beneath me, recieving burdens to great for me to carry. For them, it is no burden. It is the stuff with which they gather light.

And now they urge me on to go do likewise, but in the human way, spreading my roots into migration's deep rich heritage.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

The
pure
in heart,
beautiful
earth between their toes,
shall surely see God reaching down
to wash their feet with tears and purest oil (you are clean), 
shall surely surely see God through wild hair
streaming down to wipe
away all
tears, find
them
clean.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

The
right
feelings
are always
reasonable; sound
logic always sings. Head and heart
may err unaware, but each notices the other's
flaws. The slow exasperating
way of good fights fought
in the end
prevents
much
woe.

Monday, August 15, 2016

You
do
not have
to gather
the light all alone.
It's too strong for you anyway.
Deep-rooted trees and flickering grasses will filter
glory. So will others. And light
itself will reach down
become small
enough
for
you.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Did
she
like it?
He didn't
think to ask. Did she
want it then, at all, or that way?
Did she like it from an armed stranger? Will she enjoy
it again, now that it means fear?
Shared pleasures call for
consent: yes
even
ice
cream.