Category: Poetry

Aubade to Early Dawn

“Startled by the earth at dawn. It was far too green”- Jim Harrison, Dead Man’s Float Early dawn-Fresh leaves on sprawling old mesquitegleams in pearly sunlightChartreuse brilliance againsta cloudless smoke blue skySwarms of tiny flies rise, swirlingin soft air as ruby-throated hummingbirdsdart after their… Continue Reading “Aubade to Early Dawn”

Vivid Shades of Blue

“Goddamn but her mind was so exhausted with trying to hold the world together, tired of being the living glue for herself, as if she let go, great pieces of her life would shatter and fall off in mockery of the apocalypse.” ― Jim… Continue Reading “Vivid Shades of Blue”

Sanctuary for Dreams

“Good food is a benign weapon against the sodden way we live.”- Jim Harrison This bright room is one she never tires ofWhere the tastes of the world are at her fingertipsHappiness packed in square glass jarsExotic spices from India, Mexico, IndonesiaHer kitchen, a… Continue Reading “Sanctuary for Dreams”

Learning to Fly

“You walk through doorways in the mind you can’t walk out then one day discover that you’ve learned to fly.”- Jim Harrison, Bird’s Eye View ;Songs of Unreason It’s easier when you’re old to take wing on highFor you have nothing to fear but… Continue Reading “Learning to Fly”

Riding the Wave

“You have to hold your old heart lightly as the female river holds the clouds and trees.”- Jim Harrison, Songs of Unreason Her old heart holds a memory of running on the beachYoung, tanned, without worry, hair flying in the windPlunging into the briny… Continue Reading “Riding the Wave”

#Ghazal: Nightbirds

“Go to sleep. Night is a flower resting from bees.” – Jim Harrison Grey mockingbird sings alone on a moonlit nightwith notes pure and clear as a blue pool at night A glittering of hummingbirds dart in chilled airAs a cloud hides the stars,… Continue Reading “#Ghazal: Nightbirds”

My Body and I

I feel my failure intensely as if it were a vital organ the gods grew from the side of my head. – Jim Harrison, Vows from Dead Man’s Float My body and I have come to an agreement- I’ll do my best to take… Continue Reading “My Body and I”

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