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SINCE TIME IMMEMORIAL

grassy mounds
scattered among the cedars
quake          shimmer
as wind whistles
at encroaching darkness

nearby, the metronomic
ticking of a stray
canvas strap
lulls the hunter
into the uneasy cushion
between
states of awareness

silhouettes of birds
splash the sky
disappear
against the backdrop of clouds
appear again
(!) suddenly
punctuating twilight
with their italicized
swooping

shape-shifting shadows
beneath day’s falling curtain
shock the hunter
from his reverie
as surely as a morning alarm
– he moves
to tighten loose straps
and focuses
on ancient journeys

Posted 05262017

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OF GRAVES AND SEAS

men and trees
stand stupefied
at the edge
of their graves
as sailors
do
watching the tides
intently
waiting for the fish
to give back the lives
of their pre-decendents
and like the seas
graves return nothing
except false promises
and time in which to wait

graves and seas
collect bones
among other things:
leaves from trees
trinkets from the living
abandoned shells
and are rippled
by wind
by the cutting of blades
by birds passing overhead
but return nothing
except false promises
and time in which to wait

still
men and trees
wait as though there is no death
as though
the echo
of life pulsing over seas
is a thing of their volition
an elemental consciousness
that holds them
like roots
at the edge of their graves

Posted 0519017

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SKIPPED HEARTBEATS

love leaped into my heart one day
a sad and tattered guest
when she asked to pay no rent,
i bade her sit and rest

a sad and tattered guest
was she
who took me by surprise

when she asked to pay no rent,
knowing as she must
that room in my heart is precious

i bade her sit and rest
While i debated what to do
And while i was debating she moved on to you

Posted 05122017

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