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Snooze

inelegant word
for the softest moments—
fall back to sleep with stars
shining on your face your pillow
your peaceful closed eyes
Later, we’ll drink coffee
together and talk only
of how well we slept

Brittle

Beyond the hedge, this other garden
where we tend the brittle shells of the young
each protected by a fierce spiked tongue
or over there, past the hydrangeas
the rusted thoughts of the old
creaky with fears and forgetting
And what is it we dream, as we
water and weed?
To soften their landings, as they grow
To show them the constancy that
holds them safe like the soil
to turn now and then away
to have someone else pour the tea

Native Artifacts

Over dinner, he tells me
about the lecture he attended
on Native American hunting techniques.
My mind drifts, as it does,
and I find it wandering a grocery store
in Minnesota, where a young native man
talked as he bagged my groceries
I wrote a poem about him.
How curious it is, this world where
now that poem is real
existing as firmly as any bone knife
museum artifact, or lecture on its use,
or artist’s rendition on canvas
All of these—knife, lecture, painting, poem
Created objects, our postcard
to ourselves, our note to the world
that we were here

A Question For The Neighbors

is all news sweeter
pulled from a mailbox draped in
scarlet trumpet vine?

Light

half buried in gravel
mostly gone to road grime and rust
Once a metal bottle cap,
now a message
from the road
a little reminder
of what we’re here to deliver

Close Up

While busy searching the road
collecting pebbles, you miss this
sky wide view, field of clover
white-edged by
Queen Anne’s lace in the ditches
Remember how you explained
about the single dot of purple
at each white lace center?
So now add this
to all my notes about the world, these
hints about balance—notice the near
and notice the wider world
Isn’t it amazing how the hints
are all in bloom?

Birds On Duty

Awake before dawn
at the end of vacation
There, the same sweet song
from the trees in the dark
familiar birds still on duty
whether we listen
or not

A Poet in Time

One Poet's Practice

Shades of Gray - Denison TX

Photographer of Life in North TX & points beyond

Red Wolf Poems

A We Write Poems sequel

Writing the Day

A Ronka Poetry Practice

Invisible Horse

Living in the moment

Rainbow Bakery

Photographing the rainbow of life

leaf and twig

where observation and imagination meet nature in poetry