Friday, February 28, 2014

Spring


                                      ... standing above the marsh
                  
                                                              ... watching blackbirds come and go*




                 *spring / and other fairy tales






Painting by Andrea Kowch

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Leather Purse

    
          ... leather purse / gold lock ... strap across my arm

                                               ... like great aunt May I walk the dusty road

                                                                                              ... carrying all the secrets ten years can hold







Photograph: Jason Ross Williams

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Sweetgrass


                          ... north of ogallala

                                                      ... I stop to smell the sweetgrass ..... step into infinity




Wednesday, February 19, 2014

The Bookshop


           ... beyond wrought iron / a bookshop

                                                 ... between geography & history / a slim volume ... my other life

                          ... I trace its worn spine / remember how the story ends







Photograph by Leapfrog1980

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Wild Thing

                                                                     ... we danced to Wild Thing all those summers ago

                  ... now you wander the corridors of Memory Care

                                               ... speaking a language only you understand





Tuesday, February 11, 2014

All Night


                                         ... all night I listen ... the fence line / a Jew's harp of barbed wire

                     ... then

                                ... nothing but the owl







Sunday, February 9, 2014

Unwritten Poems

                   
                                                       ... beneath the paperweight / my mother's poems

                           ... she shaped them into loaves of bread

                                                                                      ... fed them to her children







Friday, February 7, 2014

After the Call


                                          ... after the call ... I rise / fry two eggs ... his way / over easy

                  ... sip my coffee / hum his favorite hymn

                                                                             ... taste the dark earth turning





Wednesday, February 5, 2014

I Saw You Today


                                                   ... I saw you reading a newspaper in a cafe today

                  ... well, I thought it was you

                                                                         ... but it was raining / and it was a long time ago





Monday, February 3, 2014

Last Night's Rain


                                          ... last night's rain ... a Dali clock / tick tocking on dead leaves

               ... the butterfly's memories

                                                                   ... lanterns of daylight








Photograph by Vadim Trunov

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Ice Wine

                      
                       ... ice wine in a mason jar / the owl's silence