Could I

November 11, 2014


Wish I could
Chase curving shadows
Long long trails of feather-downed curves
Lightly traced and softly laced

But no.

They are gone,
Tiny caresses, dreamy messes
Of light and dust
Of lust

And so.

I’ll linger on an edge
Occam would be disappointed
For I’ll not fall
To either side of this wall

Though the desert sun
The lusty sun
Drives me down
Into teary drives of touch and

And so.

Lingering outside
Lurking not quite within
I deal with sin
Weakly, halfheartedly

But no.

It is worthless
But will not bite less

Leave me alone
But let me alone
Stop touching me
Come breathe on me

And so.

I cannot say no.
But the answer is no.
God help me
I see so far below.


October 17, 2014


The sun rises, ‘luminating the craggy spanse
Moisture glistens its last remains on cactus stands
Ocotillo and mesquite seem faded in the new light
but their arid aroma sharpens as it wards away the night

The dust lies thick on the coarse strand
Packrats scurry for pools of shaded sand
Night blossoms wither and fall away
Mercy invites ruin to this place

Spines and stones are this world’s yield,
Stark beauty in heat that scours the shimmering fields
Even in this raw land, blistering waves
Life, colors thrive amidst lives and graves.

Windchimes and flutes whisper wavering in the dust
They sing, breathlessly of plodding and rust
Remembering passers-by and ancient ones
Who quietly, slowly faded away, into water, or oblivion.

Lord And Hearth

September 13, 2014

With the firelight dim
Flickering on the wall
Warm drinks rest
Close at hand
And we bow our heads
Sighing our peace
Whispering our joy

The pine-smell is still
More than just memory
The bits of paper
Are still underfoot
And washed dishes
Haven’t lost
Their scent of a feast

That was sweet because of all of us
Because we were together
And the Lord was among us
Though shadows lurk
Awaiting the new year
And the seasons
That will test us as we go

And we hold our fears
At bay this night
For nothing
Can draw from us
His grace
His peace
His hope

Which is sweet for all of us
Because we are His forever
And the Lord will not forsake us


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