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Fall

 

Fall into autumn,

let each leaf 

gently down

 

Or lift the tiny

leaves aloft

and fly them forth

 

However you let

things go,

open your arms

 

Surrender the dead

with your heart

tender and wide

 

Winter won’t be

quite as cold

then, with love

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Answers

 

Maybe life

is just a big bunch

of answers

to random questions

 

like the romance

of the dusky sky

with the gentleness

of the evening

 

or the sun sinking

into the embrace

of the horizon

with one last burst of light

 

or every smiling

shadow

that follows us

under the sun

 

or the shining awe

of your face

whenever you laughed

soul deep

 

Maybe life

is just one answer

to the question

Love?

 

 

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Working the River

 

Nature-made, the river

jumps the banks to curl

the earth in and under 

and down,

just as the sea 

reclaims its land

from that very first rising

out of its depths

 

Here, our house stands

bravely facing 

that watery uprising, 

and so

we work, bringing thick stumps

that once held 

towering trees aloft,

to edge the sinking earth

 

And then come boulders,

rough and heavy, to hold

the banks back, and hug

those former trees,

now stalwart soldiers

standing river guard,

while in between, 

the water seeps

 

Water always finds 

an opening,

and we invite it

to flow 

beyond our permitted

work, and the house,

man-made, sighs in relief

at its reprieve

 

At its best, work

does not destroy

but shores up, respects

nature’s pathways,

employs the labor

of man and tree and rock,

and preserves the life

of water, and of land

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Lion Stars

Somewhere,
a constellation
of lion stars roar
in pride light
across the night sky,
“We are family!”

Here, constellations
bear the weight
of major and minor
as if stars sing in scales
instead of waves
we’ve forgotten

We’ve forgotten
our stardust souls
once twinkled together
in infinite space
connected completely
by the sound of light

We are separated
by nothing more
than an idea
of gaping emptiness
that we endlessly
long to bridge

And we pluck
from each other
the remainder
of light we have left
like dying stars grasping
for illumination

Look up!
Somewhere, lion stars
roar in pride
against the night
and remind us
we are family

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Sky

The sky hears
the musical movement
of every v-shaped stanza
of migration

The sky knows
every bird that floats the currents,
every plane that touches a cloud,
every rocket that blasts past

The sky sings
in a thunderous chorus
and in the soft tones
of raindrops

The sky mourns
every species
that never walks or crawls or flies
on earth again

The sky loves
every first breath
and every last
it has ever shared

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Breathe

Don’t hold it in too long,
that breath
that fear

Every worried thought
that sits inside
unexhaled

becomes a weight
heavier
than any virus

Breathe
deep belly
to diaphragm

Round it out
like a baby
laughing

and finding
her feet
for the first time

Don’t hold anything
past one full
in and exhale

and breathe
right through loss
and love again

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Baby Blanket

 

My colorful quilt

of many-toned skin,

is different from yours

and covers me

covers me well,

can you tell?

 

It keeps me warm

as the earth

when the sun shines down

in olive tones,

a Mediterranean-

Middle-East-kind-of-blanket

I got when I was born

 

What kind did you get?

 

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Every Flower

 

Lavender roses last longest,

deep red have a scent of perfume,

the peach hold their colors the longest,

the white ones are largest in bloom

 

Yellow roses gather the sunlight,

multicolored ones mimic the dawn,

black roses glisten like midnight

with their leaves shining green as a lawn

 

To Nature, all people are flowers,

her palette of colors in skin,

the gift of this beauty is ours-

to love every flower as kin

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Worth It

 

Rocks yearn

for the watery kiss

of ocean waves,

although that press

may eventually wear them down

 

Ask any bit of sand

if love was worth

shattering for

and that tiny smooth rubble

will smile under your feet

 

while it holds

families and picnics

and vacations

and dogs running like lovers

into the waves

 

The gritty sand

that was once rock

clings to feet, legs, hands,

hair, and thus travels

the world

 

to be brushed off by towels

and washed away

by hoses and showers

to go wherever

it may, still smiling

 

at how far love

has taken it,

moved

and embraced it,

shattered and all

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Long Evening

 

In this time of the light,

end of day but before night,

when sun begins its evening sprawl,

our shadows barely show at all,

outlines grow ever duller

while blossoms, serene in brilliant color,

scent of violet, rose, and musk

perfume the air all cloaked in dusk

 

Under nature’s beauty spell,

we stroll about like all is well

though we wear masks and watch our spacing

knowing the risk that we are taking

may be low, but nonetheless,

a danger that we must address

as day comes to its nightly close,

a colorful palette in repose

 

We head home from our long walk

passing tree, leaf, blossom, stalk,

houses rimmed by bushy hedges

that may be rounded, or have edges,

other walkers keep their distance

in mutual respect for existence-

if only this had always been

for friends and strangers, lovers, kin

 

Appreciation for all that nature is,

not sacrificed to human biz,

oceans, mountains, valleys, lakes

clear air and water, for all our sakes,

creatures that swim, fly, crawl, and run,

everything beloved under the sun

from trees and plants, to bees that buzz

let’s keep it all as is, not was