Darkness creeps down over the passage of years
I stand in a vision in choking darkness
staring at a never healed wound
in the soul of this country
Civil war whispers out of the past
and I see a flash of red out of the corner
of my eye
the blood of thousands marches out of the
mists murmuring unrest and hate
Then I see them.
Faintly at first like candlelight they follow
the procession of the dead
orange glow flickering firelight
the hopeless and the angry full of false equivalencies walk in lockstep muted unreasoned fury in restraint
waiting to be unleashed
a river of fire wending endlessly a snake of fire
heavy passions twisted into patriotism
Boldly hate is unmasked
Done are they waiting for the answer
they have come as Death’s minions armed with clubs and guns and fire and fury
vigilantes for liberty of the white race
They have come to save us from extinction
They are heroes waiting ruthlessly to die for their country
to be made into statues like the heroes
of a lost cause long ago who have stared into the future with the alacrity of a sleeping dragon
There is no shame in their hatred of Other
Darkness seeps into light at last and there is none to stop them
only victorious leaders watching silently
as their napalm atomic vision of victory over the enemies that have watered down and delayed their being
grows closer to resurrection
Out of the darkness hurtles Death and her dark demons follow after her gleefully applauding bodies flying into the air
they have shed first blood
they are soldiers on the front lines where truth is inverted and lies are truth and freedom isn’t freedom and we are the enemy and following after
this tiki torch parade
follows demonic faces with swastikas carved into them and Evil wrapping
blackness into a cloak daring
God and Peace and Love and Truth to
Ravens pick at the dead and the storm
In the valley are dips and swells and
as I walk slowly through sometimes on top
thinking I see everything
sometimes below thinking I see nothing
sometimes with my soul singing I think
I go on forever with the Lord of Hosts
arm and arm journeying in the darkness
I need no friends then for all is well with my soul
sometimes like today
perhaps there is nothing to me except empty intentions and insincerity perhaps
this is all there is and I die alone surrounded by trees and hills and plateaus where no one will find me
they call this a dark night of the soul
I lamblike, bleat my way through the brambles
Just off the highway to Rochester, Minnesota,Twilight bounds softly forth on the grass.
And the eyes of those two Indian ponies
Darken with kindness.
They have come gladly out of the willows
To welcome my friend and me.
We step over the barbed wire into the pasture
Where they have been grazing all day, alone.
They ripple tensely, they can hardly contain their happiness
That we have come.
They bow shyly as wet swans. They love each other.
There is no loneliness like theirs.
At home once more,
They begin munching the young tufts of spring in the darkness.
I would like to hold the slenderer one in my arms,
For she has walked over to me
And nuzzled my left hand.
She is black and white,
Her mane falls wild on her forehead,
And the light breeze moves me to caress her long ear
That is delicate as the skin over a girl’s wrist.
Suddenly I realize
That if I stepped out of my body I would break
Why, who makes much of a miracle?
As to me I know of nothing else but miracles,
Whether I walk the streets of Manhattan,
Or dart my sight over the roofs of houses toward the sky,
Or wade with naked feet along the beach just in the edge of the water,
Or stand under trees in the woods,
Or talk by day with any one I love, or sleep in the bed at night
with any one I love,
Or sit at table at dinner with the rest,
Or look at strangers opposite me riding in the car,
Or watch honey-bees busy around the hive of a summer forenoon,
Or animals feeding in the fields,
Or birds, or the wonderfulness of insects in the air,
Or the wonderfulness of the sundown, or of stars shining so quiet
Or the exquisite delicate thin curve of the new moon in spring;
These with the rest, one and all, are to me miracles,
The whole referring, yet each distinct and in its place.
To me every hour of the light and dark is a miracle,
Every cubic inch of space is a miracle,
Every square yard of the surface of the earth is spread with the same,
Every foot of the interior swarms with the same.
To me the sea is a continual miracle,
The fishes that swim–the rocks–the motion of the waves–the
ships with men in them,
What stranger miracles are there?
i am swept up in grace
No longer myself but a vision I once had
briefly a flash of light you created anew
the stars know
as does all of creation that you move among us soundlessly the gardener in his garden pronouncing everything good
you are the artist painting rainbows across the sky the blue jay brushes against the sky blue look close
In the blackness of the raven you hide subtle rainbows shown by sunlight
you are not in the thunder but in the poetry of silence; in the sound that raindrops make or the hushed glorious way that sunbeams touch the earth at end of day
in the feather softness of wings in upward rushing flight listen
the music of the spheres
symphony into the aurora borealis transformed
dancing here below
the graceful muted movement of deer steps in the woods you
the soundless, steady movement of color weaving through the trees in autumn the low music water makes journeying ever downriver
your still silent voice is louder to me than crashing thunder profound in its depth and tenor
the wind whispers you everywhere
The stars blanket the night symphony playing
The sharp notes of late summer.
The white streak across the sky a swathing
Path to eternity.
I wonder where it goes my eyes following into nothingness at horizon’s edge my dreams run before it into
Butterflies dance glorying in sunlight
Their brief lives playing out before my eyes swallows dip and dive over my head flashing overwater telling me shore is in sight
This long journey spanning lifetimes and I sit
Lakeside winging my way geese-like overland looking for a place to land
My heart already gone
Rain falls all around
Me, I am in a lighted room listening a
all around me in
Muted fashion the rat-a-tat dripping drops
Rhythmically my tin rooftop echoes dancing faster
downwards like cushioned toe shoes ballet-like drip-dropping dribble plop splash drizzle pour
I don’t see distances slipping and sliding through time
month by month it increases, thunderheads in the sky
There is something about the bigness of our souls now,
the way lovers embrace or knots are tied,
or how fish cannot live without the ocean, or
deeply rooted trees
the mystery of long dead stars shining in the night sky–
I walk on. Always east, always towards the rising sun,
bending, sweeping shining, rippling prairie grasses witness metamorphosis.
God is in every one of them, hairs on the head of earth, knowing them all, knowing each hawk perching on telephone poles, each flight, each plummet
where the roots of each rainbow lay in span of years
still I see that quiet shy boy, wearing maturity like an oversized shirt, speaking of future-dreams, my whole life in your eyes we coasted on years sometimes rudderless,
adrift on seas of time and consequence
love wrote us, writes us still
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