These Colors

From herbs and plants and factories To trucks to stores to you: These colors, dripping down the wall, And turned to residue From love to womb to hospital To home to grow to be A living and creative force Who’s now a Memory

An Autumn Requiem

The day is still, and clear, And yet, your distant music’s in my head; For like the turning leaves You changed your colors with the days instead Of keeping to a summer heart – Of clinging to old reason – For you, a melody, an art, Became a season. And when your story’s told, The … Continue reading "An Autumn Requiem"

Around the way

Around the way, out on his lawn, Precision the result of sweat; In bright mid-day, or maybe dawn, A laborer in silhouette — But years will go – and came a day He had to go around the way, And now, his lawn, to one like me, Is overgrown with memory

7 Threnodies – 6

here my father stands, a tree i knew so well, but never understood standing unabashedly, upon the darkened edges of the silver-glowing wood a carrier of time am i, a wanderer who’s long been lost, a bearer of the ancient songs he handed to me, covered then in frost i seek to know, but silence … Continue reading "7 Threnodies – 6"

7 Threnodies – 5

Quietly the city sits Down the hill the lights come on Here I wait in rack and ruin Torn apart by something like regret — Once, you showed me how to live How to bravely face my sorrows You still had so much to feel So much to feel that you had not felt yet … Continue reading "7 Threnodies – 5"

7 Threnodies – 3

You gave us everything you had, And now, all I can do is hope You knew the impact that you made And just how much you shaped us all For betterment. I know that we Are not demonstrative – not much – And that we are not prone to tears Or words of cheer – … Continue reading "7 Threnodies – 3"

7 Threnodies – 2

Like a path through the ocean, You seemed an impossibility To those of us more Conventional than You ever were. But you would never Walk on water, You didn’t hold to such. You were earth and water, With a touch of fire, But never the slightest trace Of anything like wind. You’d seen the dark … Continue reading "7 Threnodies – 2"

7 Threnodies – 1

You were a kite upon these fields With string as tight as reach was high; How strange and empty now it seems –     As your voice echoes down the way,     It echoes down the way. Two slender plants amid the yields, Here two of us – yes, you and I – … Continue reading "7 Threnodies – 1"

On the Shores of Light

My friend, I’ve seen you many ways: In night’s embrace, on windy days, In cafes orbiting in space, And other venues commonplace – But mostly from a distance now. Our lives have cleft, diverged somehow; For you and I have lives to lead, And hills to move, and mouths to feed. But somewhere, on the … Continue reading "On the Shores of Light"