Chapter 1: PEACE AND HOPE
"There are moments in a day, when we seem to see beyond the usual." Robert Henri
emptied into canyon
leaving its tang,
lending its hue -
one more drop to flavor
Lark Burns de Beltran
Jeannie Motherwell, Night Rhythms, 2014, Acrylic on canvas on board © Copyright Jeannie Motherwell
tries to pick up
a flake of moonlight.
Only one time
in four does it
linger in her hand.
© Claire J. Baker
My open hands close
To still the spin
Split the skin
Read the seeds
Taste on my tongue
An emerging moon
A mind still in shadow
my open hands
Let's haul in the nets cast into the ice
for the river's harvest.
Most of us only ever have a slice
of Earth's wedding breakfast.
Coho are gone. Now's the season to climb
back into our dens
for a kiss on slow Sunday half-times,
a moment of Zen—
curled deep inside and warmed by sun.
Nothing fancy: the scent
of baked cheese wafting in, of cinnamon,
nutmeg and mint.
There may been be second helpings
from Earth's well-stocked pantry
on rough-hewn, wooden platters come the Spring,
that is, if we're lucky.
Squeak Carnwath, Fly, Flight, Fugit, 1999, Porcelain enamel on steel panels
How I remembered you best:
Shuffling around the kitchen
Searching cabinets of sauces
and the refrigerator door to dig for
Treasure smelling of ginger.
Out of imperfection
the old skeptic…
Shall I advocate for you before God,
common creative mind?!
Necessarily we write down,
For the comfort, not to succumb.
For hours before the end,
soften by the wine
French wine, Pinot Noir-Maison Blanche,
danced the last tango
Does it mean anything to you
The battle of frightened thoughts,
Breaking into pieces
In the east of history!
You had something to learn,
Today your look is blunt, empty!
The insect will survive
Wriggling by the widow!
You seem crestfallen.
Loneliness will preserve you
With the one you are.
The picture will outlast you.
The far east
Light and shadows
Birds in the flock
The ships and the sailing
Inevitable and foreseen…
The magic of traveling
To the inner harmony!
The girl's neck
Beauty from the darkness!!!
POEM WITH ORANGE
Finally you sit
at some table and put
your little life back
together again by
slicing a new orange
How closely the wet
glistening flesh of
this bright cut fruit
resembles all galaxies
How comfortably its
sweet pattern fits yours
as you watch each matching
reaching, edging toward,
essence, the center, home
Al Young, HEAVEN, Collected Poems 1956 -1990, Copyright © 2008 by Al Young
Melissa Wood, Figs, Pears with Terrapin and Butterfly in Marseille ©2008, Mixed media on canvas
CLEARLY, THE FIRST DAY OF THE NOT YET FULLY-ARRIVED SEASON
Gate unlatched either direction permissible
to the unexpected. The woman, so good
at sitting, represents all of us in stolen weather.
Soft gray-green a dash of rose
here/there time amalgamates
pastels, though inherently lush.
Make up a story –
granddaughter too far away to counsel
perhaps, the woman simply wants sun
to pool her arms extend to fingers
which have held the cold far too long.
Beginnings are a basket of plenty.
IN THIS ROOM FULL OF MIRRORS WHERE IT ALL LOOKS FAMILIAR
The afternoon longs to burn off--
Packages carelessly tied could disappear
And the message which said: meet me on Sansome
At the grey building we used to frequent--
The rooftop garden with its two-year growth
Reflects some remembered ache
But the rain that got here at last
Left the words like trees, shaking
Peace and Hope
“I saw the spirit descend as a dove from heaven, and it remained. . . “ John 1:32
The soul never shakes
loose from the altar the accessible heart.
You are the sun upon upturned faces
and gentle rain upon wilted petals.
Drink the rain of love upon the soil of your soul
and await your seeds. These drops of love:
plenty enough for every desert flower.
While you talked I worked on a snag
and tried to tie a knot to stop the unravel.
Peace and Hope:
I don’t need alcohol to kiss you.
One candle is enough.
In the loose limbo of love there is no choice.
We breathe the same air.
Impermanence does not matter.
We are here.
We all have a holy place in the mosaic.
Mine is next to you.