First heaven took my wife,
and now, my son.
These eyes will never dry
and my heart slowly turns to ash.
Rain seeps far into the earth
like a pearl dropped into the sea.
Swim deep and you’ll see the pearl,
dig in the earth and you’ll find water.
But when people return to the source,
we know they’re gone forever.
I touch my empty chest and ask, who
is that withered ghost in the mirror?
Heaven already take my wife
Again again take my son
Two eyes although not dry
(Disc) heart will want die
Rain fall enter earth in
Pearl sink enter sea deep
Enter sea can seek pearl
Dig earth can see water
Only person return source below
Through the ages know self (yes)
Touch breast now ask who
Emaciated mirror in ghost
This is the second of a series of twelve pieces written at a desk in front of a shuttered window. I was taken with how a simple adjustment of the slats affected perception – that what I saw was only a disjointed portion of what there was to see. The series was originally published in the anthology Terra Firma, and made its first appearance on the blog in 2014.
Of them, children seem the least
affected, being closer to the earth’s
grasp. How they
double then recede with laughter,
little forms flitting by the embrasure
like unwary birds or small
dogs. They too arrive in innocence,
intent in that fragile moment of interest
and play, focus of another.
Quiet end what wait
Day day must go return
Wish seek fragrant grass go
Grieve with old friend separated
On road who mutual help
Understanding friend life this scarce
Only should observe solitude
Again close native area door
The apparent confinement, revealing
one’s body carried aloft,
or another’s, receding,
flows into the horizontal
and earns a new approach: torsos
divided and become
ornamental, forms varying so
as to relieve the eye, and
in the end, deceive.
In this place darkness blesses all.
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This was the first of a series of twelve pieces written at a desk in front of a shuttered window. I was taken with how a simple adjustment of the slats affected perception – that what I saw was only a disjointed portion of what there was to see. The series originally appeared in the anthology Terra Firma in 2004, and made its appearance on the blog in 2014.