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A Poem is the Old House

A poem is the old house 
on your street,

front door unlocked,
dark until you enter.

Let your eyes adjust,
pull aside the curtains
and leave open the door.

The poet knows how darkness obscures, and darkness magnifies.

You might find this room cozy
or cavernous and cold.

You’ll move room to room.
Some rooms enlighten or confuse;

this house holds artifacts of another life.

An old piano fills one lilac-scented room;

on the worn plank floor, sheets of ragtime and Bach
waiting for you.

After an unsettling turn, you’ll find a grand room,

one staircase candlelit, the other dark.

Explore them now, or return
with a friend.

When you are ready,
the door’s unlocked.

The poet built the house;
you bring light.

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Fidelity – Poem

Fidelity

These days are not grey 
as I will remember.
These days of low fresco skies
watercolor apples 
bruised
life, still life. 

These nights not empty 
as I will remember,
of silver moons,
cinnamon light. 

So much depends on forgetting.
But one promise 
I will remember 
every day 
each jewel of light 
grinds down to cool darkness. 
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July- A Poem

July

Begins as it ends

Radiant lemonade sky

Grows heavy gray wool

Static builds

Molten air blows thick

Until one

White

Hot thunder

Bolt

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Poetry

A Masterpiece on Loss

This masterpiece “One Art” by Ellen Bass (1976) taught me about loss as well as the possibilities of a poem.

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On Writing a Poem

I’ve been thinking about why I read and write poems, and what they mean to me. Aren’t those questions as old as poetry?

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Matsuo Bashō was a 17th century Japanese master of haiku and poetry. This line comes from a passage he wrote on the meaning of poetry.

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June: A Poem

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Moon Flower

The moon flower
opens in moonlight
fades in bald daylight
endures each dark new moon.

How can it know
the moon will return
after one dark night?

It knows
no other moon
no other light.
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Blossoms

May your day be such a day.

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Poetry

May: A Poem

May 

A soft breeze stirs
redbud rose apple embers.
Morning ignites
fields catch fire.
Winter sleeps
the sky weeps
fire
the sky weeps
spring