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Rocks and Ruins


What endures

may not be

what you thought

or even what you felt


Your life will fade 

into earth again,

as even stone houses

eventually crumble


But the rocks, 

whose offspring

are dust,

still remember the stars


And what you build

upon, even the dearest

foundation that falters,

leaves an imprint


That echoing place

of heart, of home,

lingers long past

any forgetting


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The house is emptying

itself of us,

our furniture and belongings


The walls stand politely

in their new coats

of paint


The windows wonder

how clearly the next dwellers

will see though them


Outside, the yard hunkers down

under its mulch and leaves

curious who will rake it next


The trees will welcome

whoever comes here,

as trees always do


The birds and squirrels

will chirp and chatter

in greeting


And we will be across the world 

in gratitude for everything

this house shared

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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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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


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




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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

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

Every worried thought
that sits inside

becomes a weight
than any virus

deep belly
to diaphragm

Round it out
like a baby

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-


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