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Snow Seraphs

You laid down and made snow angels
     from a memory of Your youth;
flinging away purity descended from heaven,
     into Your pattern
as You danced in creation.

Clearing away the melancholy mantle
     of my mound beneath You,
You designed their outline in Your shape,
     each one unique;
fair souls that You set down
     in my winter night.

The imprint of Your likeness
     You left in my life;
feminine wings spread towards
      the sky;
soft elegance pressed into my humanity


She is Free in the Sky
To Lisa Free

The river no longer reflects the sky,
     but now, a memory.
I dreamt of immersing myself in flowing darkness,
     and letting it twirl, anticipating my touch.

The river is deep.
     I’ve found out her currents are tricky, and strong.
I may lose every dream I dreamt I could carry with me,
     so I pray life’s passage
will join us before her conclusion,
     and quench my thirst
in love’s unending satisfaction.

There is no reflection
     because the world drowns out the heavens,
although she runs in the night,
     slow and steady, towards her completion.

Is there still light in her eyes?
     Do they still contemplate eternity’s expanse,
I’m sure she knows is still there?

One day the world will know that it is dark,
     and she will shine with so many others,
in glory’s paradise.


The Darkness Held Me as a Child

The darkness held me as a child.  I could
     only see the city
disillusioned on my wall; an illusion
     of carefree superficiality;
the animation of life’s traffic
     like the slapstick of my parent’s cartoon.

Dim obscurity was difficult to understand,
     but the world’s surrogate
brought comfort with electrifying standards;
     figures I tried to identify
by their illustration of enlightenment.

But all I really knew was darkness;
     the life of the night.
Seclusion that isolated the issue
     from the distress of indifference;
like the cold chills of this child’s fever
     consoled with cruelty
by the source that would shine
     with the dullness of familiarity,
I rejected as closeness.

Nightfall eclipsed
     my regard for devotion.
The glare shone through more than
     cold panes;
windows of a darkened soul
     I had confused for security.


Plastic Halos

The adorations of civilization
are mass-produced and marketed
from a cast of common clay,
     and it has always been that way.

We used to liquefy our precious
toil into differing consistencies
and trust in our shiny talismans of gold,
     trading substance
for what was actually broken security.

Now we find our favorite treasures
     made from manufactured polymers,
produced by our extreme reactions
     to unnatural bonds with the immaterial,
poured into the same depression,
our impression
of ethereal virtues we value.

Unending circles surrounding
     the vacancy within;
important to us because of their
for more of the same charming fabrications.

Our worthless glory
in which we adorn our heads,
is molded and melts,
     even easier, than in ages past.


Wishers’ Objects

I’ve had no lover
     so I’ve courted my dreams,
asking the man in the moon
     for a night with his daughters.

His illumination glares between us,
     dimming eve’s twilight,
as one by one they appear
     in the distance, just out of reach.

An insanely jealous smile fixed on his face,
     he stares at me night after night
hoping I would abandon this idea
     for the more tangible realities of the day.

So in my sleep,
     I imagine the night when he would not rise,
and gradually they would fall
     in stunning radiance towards my world,
as if I could touch, their brilliance.


Practices of the Squash

The scarecrow stands in the pumpkin patch
     as the hollow gourds bow in adoration;
wilting in the stillness of the field.

They fashioned him from a tree
     and adorned him with silver and gold,
fastening him with hammer and nails
     so he would not falter,
as the sunken squash sit on the ground,
     and tremble
with the fear of their faith.

He cannot speak,
     nor can he walk.
He can do no harm nor good,
     and yet the produce quiver
at the thought that he created them;
     tangled vines twisted in community.

The wise crows flourish in the sky
     and alight on his crown,
and giggle.

Enduring Springtide
To Lisa Free

I’m sure you remember it—the deserted shore
     we walked along that spring night;
steps in sand, now imprints in my memory.

Side by side we strolled wrapped in comfort—
     life’s burden light on our shoulders,
blanketing us in dreams we still remembered
     from adolescence.

Steps of innocence we took
     soon washed from me,
by the tide that always seems
     to ebb and flow, as our seasons return.


Imagination’s Child

I was most ungrateful for the sunrise,
     its intruding streaks through dusty glass,
as enchantment’s dream was still before my sight.

I fancied her in bed last evening,
     beneath the city’s neon rainbows,
and was glad, because I was unaware
     of midnight’s darkness.

Hardly awake,
     I long for slumber’s surreal vision,
and leave my blinds tightly folded,
     wishing to gather wool’s twilight romance,
and cuddle with my daydream, as though evening.


Through Stained Glass

The Book,
     a window towards the earth and sky.
At first glance, hues of meaning
     and shapes we understand,
revealing a story historical and beautiful,
     that to some of us is familiar,
and in our mornings wash our inner chambers
     in tinted wonder
about what we know of the sun.

We often look through the glass,
     to gain perspective.
Panes that we know so well cut between
     us and reality,
display and obscure the outer expanse of existence.

Meaning is found not only
     in our reflection of the luminous glass,
but our perception of a life we see
     through darker stains;
its crimson colors splashed on our walls.


Building a Memory

Family was an old residence
     that my dad and his brothers
          tore down to build theirs.
Now only a memory covered
     by an overgrown city;
the fruit of progress.

Where was it? Three generations
     drive the sprawl,
while the rest of humanity
     looks for direction.

It was built, like so many were
     back then, out of boards
of irregular lengths that he
     and his brothers had to sort
and organize in order
     to construct their home.
Not like the rest of the city,
     planned out and fabricated from silicon.

It was right about in the middle
     of that intersection;
the present crosses our history
     at the stoplight
where the cats roam the suburb
     miles across from the pruneyard,
it too now scraping the sky.


Inserted in Tribute

Lifting up their hands
     they surrendered in victory,
as the sacrifices of others pleaded
     like flames coaxing
their souls out of the darkness of the evening.

Their embers glow for a little while
     offering fragrant praise,
as the soldiers warm their hands
     in thankfulness,
attracted to the unbroken
     light at nightfall,
now understanding their apathy.

Do not give them over to death.  Keep them
     safe from the traps of the enemy.
Let the wicked encounter their own surprises,
     while these pass by in safety.


Eventide’s Awakening

Nightfall breathes over the face of the deep,
     and he stirs, rising and falling,
yearning to make love with the moon.

She woos him with her waning smile
     and he longs to traverse the expanse,
as she offers him tranquility,
     then mocks him merrily in insanity.

Surging upon his bounds,
     he advances then recedes,
pondering the pull of himself
     by her gravity;
his efforts distorting her stare
     in his memory.
Her light soon sinking in his reflection.