Thursday, October 31, 2013

Twenty Seven Miles Away

   ... twenty seven miles away

                                        ... snow is falling on the picnic table where we made love fifteen years ago
                  ... pumped cold sweet water from a well

                                                           ... distance / time / a river ... untraversable

Monday, October 28, 2013

Among Ponderosa Pines

                ... tucked into a shoulder of the Rockies / we slept in our car among Ponderosa pines

  ... fell asleep listening to the river

                       ... a night so close you could almost touch the stars
 ....... I think we were happy then


My reading of this poem on public radio:

Friday, October 25, 2013

Route 66

                        ... route 66

                                      ... a cemetery ... headstones hidden in grass / a beer joint past closing time 

    ... broken windows / broken doors

                                                                 ... me and jack on a broken road

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

At Midnight

            ... as though called from my bed / I stand outside ... midnight at my feet

                                                            ... suspended in the mist between two maples / a quarter moon

                            ... an owl somewhere along the river

My reading of this poem on public radio:

Photograph by Jukka Helnovirta

Friday, October 18, 2013

Seminole Canyon

             ... seminole canyon / JB and I are falling apart

                                                                                     ... night pressed against our backs 
                           ... the cold light of distant stars

Monday, October 14, 2013

Gold Dust

                                          ... he plays dulcimer on city streets / gold dust in his hair

          ... in his eyes perfect wings of being ... swans against a darkening sky


Saturday, October 12, 2013

Ancient Ruins

                                                          ... in autumn sunlight / ancient ruins

                       ... pieces of another life / another self

                                                                                     ... a crow on the branch of an aspen

Wednesday, October 9, 2013


                                                 ... at dusk Buddy and I are in the meadow 

                   ... we pause / knee deep in moonrise

                                                                                          ... a white owl beneath green pines

Monday, October 7, 2013

Evening Light

                                       ... in saffron robes and sandals 

       ... monks on canyon road

                                                     ... against adobe walls / purple flowers praise the evening light

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Under Grape Vines

                                         ... Sunday morning under grape vines with my son

    ... a man I raised

                           ... together we turn them to wine

                                                         together we stand among dripping leaves ... late September rain

The photograph is mine.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Canyon Walls

                                                         ... howls leap canyon walls 
                       ... fall into jagged silence 
                                                                      ... inside her cupped hand / a baby bird's last breath