I Am

Let This Darkness Be a Bell Tower BY RAINER MARIA RILKE  Quiet friend who has come so far, feel how your breathing makes more space around you.Let this darkness be a bell towerand you the bell. As you ring, what batters you becomes your strength.Move back and forth into the change.What is it like, suchContinue reading “I Am”

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Praise Song For The Day

Praise Song for the Day BY ELIZABETH ALEXANDER A Poem for Barack Obama’s Presidential Inauguration Each day we go about our business, walking past each other, catching each other’s eyes or not, about to speak or speaking. All about us is noise. All about us is noise and bramble, thorn and din, each one of ourContinue reading “Praise Song For The Day”

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I Think a Thousand Thoughts… and Nothing At All

I write poems. I have for a long time. Some of them are not for public cosumption. Some of them are angsty and old and… telling. I was reading some of them today. Some of my old poems. Perception is weird. Sometimes I like them. Sometimes I don’t. Today I liked this one. The sunContinue reading “I Think a Thousand Thoughts… and Nothing At All”

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Small Craft Talk Warning

All poetry is about hope.A scarecrow walks into a bar.An abandoned space station falls to earth.When probing the monster’s brain,you’re probably probing your own.A beautiful woman becomes a ghost.I hope I never miscalculate the dosagethat led to the infarctionof my lab rabbit again.All poetry is a form of hope.Not certain, just actuallike love and otherContinue reading “Small Craft Talk Warning”

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The Creative Drive

The Northeast has lost millions of poems, reducing the canopy. Just a few days ago,high winds knocked a poem onto a power line A recent study found that poems increasedthe sale price of a home by close to $9,000.The years, however, have not been kind to poems. a few blocks from my house.I had notContinue reading “The Creative Drive”

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Ode To Alternatives

  Hey Kevin, I know I’m always talking, but look at those two little boys who don’t know any better – they’re using a king as a pawn, a pawn as a knight, a queen as a bishop-and isn’t not knowing the rules just beautiful? Because really, where’s the joy in shouldering night into workdayContinue reading “Ode To Alternatives”

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Opticks

This is her descending glance captured in a hidden photograph taken when I was an infant and Mother held me at arm’s length. I look back for her, unsurprised still questioning why she doesn’t return my gaze. Her eyes fix on a spot between her face and my face. For the infant there is no distinction.Continue reading “Opticks”

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Song of the Open Road, IV

The earth expanding right hand and left hand, The picture alive, every part in its best light, The music falling in where it is wanted, and stopping where it is not wanted, The cheerful voice of the public road, the gay fresh sentiment of the road. O highway I travel, do you say to meContinue reading “Song of the Open Road, IV”

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Detail Of The Hayfield

I followed myself for a long while, deep into the field. Two heads full of garbage. Our scope was larger than I realized, which only made me that much more responsible. Yellow, yellow, gold, and ocher. We stopped. We held the field. We stood very still. Everyone needs a place. You need it for theContinue reading “Detail Of The Hayfield”

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Accepting Heaven at Great Basin

When you doubt the world look at the undivided darkness look at Wheeler Peak cliffs like suspended prayers contemplate the cerulean the gleaming limestone the frozen shades the wildflowers look at the bristlecone pine a labyrinth to winding wonders listen to the caves sing silently remember the smell of sagebrush after a thunderstorm that LexingtonContinue reading “Accepting Heaven at Great Basin”

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Giving Thanks

Wow…  Thanksgiving is tomorrow.  Can’t believe it.  Sometimes these things sneak up on us.  Not that we aren’t prepared, we are.  It’s just that I can’t believe it’s already that time of year.  We have entered the holiday season.  And again I’ll say… wow. Now that I’m getting over my shock at the time ofContinue reading “Giving Thanks”

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