Sunday, August 30, 2009


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Old barings, old love
coming and going
... coming and going.

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Wet winds battering
turning, burning leaves
... scattering.

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Shoo crow! Shoo!
Not this, not these blacks
... of consequence.

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Swirls
in a puddle
... the blood of rainbows.

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Unfolding
waving through the shadows
... her hair, her love.

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Crackling grasses
hinting the fall and angels
... trapped in snow.

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Saturday, August 29, 2009


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Remembering, she waits
just this side
... of mirrors in the rain.

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Please? Please? Please?
the towhee cries
... to summer fading.

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Kissin' she
kissin' me one-two-three
... bye-bye lovin', bye-bye.

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Ev'ning chickadees
pop-pop-hopscotching back
... to the shadows.

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The rain
the day half-peeled, the wish
... the wink.

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Flaking shadows
the old warehouse
... forgetting its name.

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Fat beastly summer
from the mouse's hole
... nothing.

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A night's rain
the nodding frog and I
... agree.

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Hand in hands
she tells him the story
... he once knew.

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Summer's end
two young hearts
... a clover wedding.

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Ragged, weeds and me
what choice have we
... but to love the rain.

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Friday, August 28, 2009


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Sea of stars, rumbling seas
sea of grass
sea of me zzzzz ...

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Beneath stars she giggles
scraping millipedes
scrrrrrip ... plop!

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A grass sea
old owl poised
... searching the waves.

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A gull
screaming over tall grasses
... salt to salt.

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The day's honey
spilling, spilling, almost
... gone.

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Saturday, August 22, 2009


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Wading in, she dreams again
of spilling shadows
... into river.

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(Inspired somewhat by Allyson Kalie at Flickr)


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Last tickles
slipping light and away
... from the tips of pickets.

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Secreted and sealed
in my jar of ghosts
... a towhee's feather.

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Questions at sunrise
a poplar beginning my day
... of reaching.

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Star-cloaked forest
forest cloaking a secret
... lover cloaking lover.

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Away! Keep away!
Where are your feathers?
... cry the sparrows.

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On the crow's advice
I look down at me
... and chuckle.

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Old empty cabin
finches playing games
... of This-A-Way-That.

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Friday, August 21, 2009


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Stray wind
stray leaf
... stray cat!

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Silly chickadee
fooling no one
... with his black hat.

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One last apple
waiting
... 'til summer falls.

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Black slug
slipping
... through deep moss forest.

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Atop an old fence
the squirrel sizing me
... sizing me.

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Wrinkled paper
failing light spilling
... to fracture.

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A feather
of cream grass
... to love, to remember.

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Dead mouse
an old road
... new wind.

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For a day, this day
the ant, this ant flies
... little dragon.

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Thursday, August 20, 2009


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Dry leaves of bramble
wrapped and hanging
... like bats.

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Falls of her hair
echoing the twisted ribs
... of alder leaves.

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We try
the trees and I
... to point to every star.

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Humming
dancing with her son
... dances in the sun.

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Thursday, August 13, 2009


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Desert drums
deserted miles
ta-thump ta-thump ta-thump ...

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By a dead sea
stones spelling things
... forgotten things.

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Honeydew rains
ev'rywhere chickadess
... pop! pop! pop!

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So much to say
so much to pray, so much
... so much the sparrow.

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No people
no houses
down the road road road ...

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Chickadee, chick-a-dee!
Can I come, can I play
... chickadee with you?

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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Monday, August 10, 2009

Saturday, August 8, 2009


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Chickadees whisper
worried of the falling leaves
... and I've no answer.

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Now, to little woods
to walk a little dream
... a little while.

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Soon, the rains
and I'll have her delights
... slapping puddles.

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She hasn't the heart
to call him away
... from train windows.

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Rain
and the rusted nail
... with only stories.

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Cold winds, warm tea
voiceless traces
... of steam.

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One dry bramble
one less heaven, one less
... blackberry pie.

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For a dying poplar
little else
... but poetry.

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Whispers of rain
the scrape and clatter
... of fallen summer leaves.

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Fading poplar
shedding summer gold
... too poor for rains.

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Thursday, August 6, 2009


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At the window
her shadowed womb traced
... in blue twilight.

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Fly
and his shadow
... Pop!

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In the setting winds
Buddha of the Sparrows
... and I.

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The fly
in his eyes
... something more than sun.

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Tea and honey
clinkitty-clinkitty
... clink-clink.

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Dead sparrow
Back! Too black!
... too far some shadows.

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Scratches in an old door
crying out
... begging in?

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Peels, wishes
of a dying meadow
... away.

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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Moon-Lantern-Moth #11


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Traveler's moon
a distant lantern
... the stowaway moth.

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Thinning bones
thinning heart, thinning mind
... thinning days.

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Autumn
but for autumn's flame
... cold August night.

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Moon-Lantern-Moth #10


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Lover's moon
the dimmed lantern
... a pesky moth.

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Moon-Lantern-Moth #9


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Sinking moon
cold lantern
... dewy moth.

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Moon-Lantern-Moth #8


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Crisp moon
a painted lantern
... busy moth.

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Rains-Road-Footprints #2


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Smell of rains
a dusty road
... melting footprints.

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Rains-Road-Footprints #1


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Bashing rains
a ragged road
... deep footprints.

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Sun-Stone-Lizard #2


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Breaking sun
cold stone
... dreaming lizard.

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Sun-Stone-Lizard #1


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Stinging sun
black stone
... swift lizard.

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Moon-Lantern-Moth #7


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Halo moon
frosty lantern
... shriveled moth.

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Moon-Lantern-Moth #6


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Creeping moon
silk lantern
... tangled moth.

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Monday, August 3, 2009

Moon-Lantern-Moth #5


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Crescent moon
torn lantern
... frayed moth.

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Moon-Lantern-Moth #4


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Racing moon
spinning lantern
... clinging moth.

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Moon-Lantern-Moth #3


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Clouded moon
sooted lantern
... dusty moth.

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Moon-Lantern-Moth #2


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Black moon
red lantern
... white moth.

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Moon-Lantern-Moth #1


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Burning moon
burning lantern
... burning moth.

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As though
they heard me
... rains.

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A black
choking and restless
... someone's lost this night.

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Purple crab
missing his hat
... naughty, naughty gulls!

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Down flotsam beach
what sandpipers do
... me too.

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Sandy shoals
tangles and tangles
... of little crabby legs.

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Low tide
ghostprints in the sand
... hollow crabs.

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