Sunday, November 7, 2010

Flying With

[with thoughts of L. J. E., b.Jl. 29, 1910, d.Nov.7, 1960]

 Wind ends nowhere, 
Erodes sand, yardang,
Clay,  roof, 
Web, hair and lifts 
The matted woof of 
Forest floor away.
Cyclic, like night
And day, causes 
Clouds to spread, 
Spins storms to 
Shred on hills, crags, 
Drags seed onto new 
Meadows and, under
Spill and spell, leaves 
A distillate
Of rainbows (ends nowhere),
Begins in mystery.
Between, it 
Tests eternity.


  1. While this poem's dedication refers to folks I don't think I ever knew, your details get me down to the level where I m pulled into knowing them as much as I know anything else from dust to dust, flesh to flesh. Inchoate but expressible by words well bespoke, mystery and eternity lie here indeed!

  2. You know I seldom dedicate poems, am uncomfortable with elegy, but this is the 50th anniversary of my dad's death. You know how these mysteries go. We're always knotting sheets together and escaping out the orphanage window.