It is lovely
to listen to Chopin etudes
while a heavy wet snow
throughout a morning in early spring.
When one of us speaks of clearing tulip trees
from a forest at the age of twelve,
that lightning will strike an o [...]
In the corner
of an otherwise unfurnished room
an illuminated fishtank
throbs and glows.
The fish swim about, minding their own business,
They have a special wisdom.
The fishtank is ignored,
it lacks the robustness needed for world histo [...]
The junkie kicks the newspaper blocking his way,
swears and spits;
my lower lip is sprayed lightly by his spit.
It is refreshed and cooled
beneath this remarkably clear summer sky
miles from any body of water.
In my dream
there was a little girl ridi [...]
On a clear Sunday morning
campers in blue uniforms
gather at the outdoor forest chapel.
The water of Lake Seymour shimmers below them.
The campers sing "Amazing Grace,"
secure in the knowledge that they will live
happily in the months of [...]
Under a brilliant
12 o'clock sun,
in a vacant field
beside a roadside sandwich stand, we came upon a thistle
the size of a small child
that seemed as vulnerable and beautiful
as anything we'd ever seen.
We wondered how something so magnificent
had su [...]