AN AFFINITY FOR PLACE
the photo shoot
How long must he hunt for this brocade, this dream of autumn?
The browned grass and clung leaf etched in frost –
EDGE OF EMPATHY
No vault inside me to store
keep secure your secrets.
More sponge, pore-bearer,
sodden. Squeeze me
dry and empty. A wall
to hold me at safe remove?
Too cold, too far, dressed
in a long black ro...
DAY FOLDS INTO NIGHT
A ceramic owl stares from the fence post
to scare away raccoon and vole.
At daybreak, the toddler in my arms
reaches for it – her ooh! an excited mimicry.
Inside, on a shelf stands Athena –
the owl her familiar, whispering in her ear.
In the news – anothe...
Laughter Really Is Carbonated Holiness
All the girls in the family do it –
throw back our heads in...
BODIES OF WATER
viewing George Went Swimming at Barnes Hole, but It Got Cold by Joan Mitchell (1957)
In the painting, the dog’s splashes
making a photo album of my mother
HERS IS a PLEA for NOTHINGNESS
No, not even dreams. Relentless,
thoughts – both somber and trivial –
carry her away
to before, to after, never still here
on these sheets, under this quilt.
Restless as a small boat lost
in choppy waters. Utterly lonely.
How much time has passe...
HE HAD LONG SINCE GIVEN UP
In the earth’s spin and revolve –
no voice says now, no finger
points to the hands on a clock face,
no bell tolls the call to prayer.
Yet the sun’s slanted rays in autumn
can startle a man out of his fugue,
blind him to past defeats,
cause him to we...
At night, hearing her muffled sobs
I’d find mother in the kitchen – the only
light coming from the open refrigerator.
She’d stand, hands in the ice bin,
trying to douse the fire beneath her skin.
Years later, it was her feet that burned,
then turned cold. Fina...
IT WAS MY IDEA
Though well-meaning, your words
probe at just-closed wounds.
Or at least this is how I take them.
A contemplation, you explain.
Try your own navel, I retort.
Habits, like a nun’s garb,
we cannot seem to s...
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