yesterday, I carried a sprig of Sweet William three miles to a favorite poet’s grave simply because you do not have one and there, the trees were a free-for-all of birds – oh, gorgeous, noisome riot! some other Spring mourner before me had left a … Continue reading Sweet William
we sat, as I imagine you might have envied, ten feet above the shoreline bracing ourselves against ridgeline winds with whiskey warmed in cider and watching the trout rise in sudden ripples to pick off the new hatch and now returning to learn that you’ve … Continue reading to C.P., with much fondness
take from them what you can – there are wiser things than those that carry discernible voices – down the street near the park, five cherries are marked with orange distorted by time and poor nourishment (it’s no surprise they’ve failed to thrive) and within … Continue reading there are wiser things
what is there left to make of this diminished light? is this benediction? or a requiem rung from empty throats? what use in evading the day's extinction? it is vespers, and the cantor marks an inescapable terminus what matter what light is left to us? … Continue reading what matter what light
6:57 AM and light's early overture has warmed the cherry petals just enough that the faintest scent of sweet emerges maybe it's more than just scribbling poets who note these moments and mark the time, mentally ticking off the mileposts to restoration but this morning's … Continue reading mileposts
a woman at work innocently asked and where's your other brother? even after ten years I often cannot bring myself to say he's dead so I said Minnesota instead, which I think he's probably laughing about wherever he is or isn't saying now that I … Continue reading counting the dead
into swelling tides of feathered grasses the swallows dive like last light behind the foothills, purple and gray with the bruises of another vanishing day too many Octobers have becomingly blazed since you and I sat on that step with damp hair and cigarettes, content … Continue reading in memoriam – for J.