Monthly Archives: January 2013

in the rush

it seeps into ground beneath your bare feet
it finds the roots of fescue and zoysia
and soaks into the prickly green.

it rolls into the air and colors the sky -red-
leaving patches of deep blue where the pauses happen
and you seize a deeper breath.

it is the last bit of snow and ice
that melts like glaciers past
and feeds waters to finger lakes and other tributaries.

still waters with fantasized sounds
that linger in your ears in pitch darkness
and the swell in the silence that follows.

it lies in wait, cloaked in prairie weeds,
the feral cat on its haunches before he pounces,
flicks his tail twice and then stops.

Envelope

letterThere is
the sound she made,
the slightest breath,
imperceptible by most,
when opening an envelope,
caught slightly and paused with
the letter opener.
over the sound of cut paper
and the crispling of an unfolded letter
as it discloses itself.

watch her lips move
with the words, and hear the
moment she exhales
at her recitation’s end,
then returns the paper
to its folded heart.

Rube

As the raven scoured the ground
his pecking-at, his clicking sound,
scared the groundling bugs away
to trees nearby, as if to say,
“goodbye and farewell to the earth
we’ll burrow here, for what it’s worth.”

There they tunneled, deep and wide
down through the roots and up the side,
-eating up the tree in bits-
Upon this stand, a treehouse sits,
that once come tumbling, crashing down
when its support became unsound.

The sound of this infernal din
startled Cecelia Margie Quinn
who dropped her violin- and squealed
then rushed the window and appealed,
“Someone call the doctor please!
Our tree has fallen in the breeze!”

The doctor came to take a look.
One glance of the felled tree was all it took,
“No wind was cause for this, my dear.
Your tree was termite-ridden, I fear.
I’ll call the tree removers – quick-
before the other trees get sick.”

The tree removers came and cut
it up, the tree – I think chestnut-
was hauled to Fred McClintock’s dump,
where it decomposed and clumped.
The bugs – or termites- as it were-
found other places to inter.

Cecelia Margie Quinn resumed
her violin rehearsal – it’s assumed –
a performance or two will be contrived
of concerto numbers nine and five.
The doctor had to leave straightway.
The raven – it just flew away.

Divination

I’ll set out to find a chair, one that plushly – sitting there-
holds the moments that we share in a room otherwise bare.

One where lounging legs are strewn over armrests- fabric-sewn-
a soft and tufted, royal throne, this chair I dream of…want to own.

A fitting place to read a book over chores we once forsook:
Laundry, cleaning, or to look for recipes you meant to cook.

Would you like to find this seat, where love could coo, thus replete
with passion’s coverlet so sweet – an unobtrusive place to meet?

A cozy, spacious sincere stand, neither is austere nor grand
a sanctum with no harsh demands for time and memories – some unplanned.

Such as that I wish to see- not a fancy couch/settee-
Simply placed, for you and me, a place to live and laugh and be.

chair