Tuesday, November 30, 2010

why there is still hope for us to reconnect with our source-body-self-earth

with thanks to the online etymological dictionary

these are my sins: (and their true meaning)

sin (with; truth)
sincere (of one growth, sound, pure, whole, with the crescenting moon)
sinecure (without care)
since (in the evening)
sine qua non (an indispensable condition)
sinews (to bend)
sing (voice, oracle, incantation)
single (individual unbroken)
singular (remarkably good, unusually rare)
singultus (a sob)
sinister (more useful, more advantageous, veering leftward)
sinuous (curving)

no no i mean these are my syns:

syn (together with)
syncopate (to shorten)
synergy, synergetic, synergistic (to work together, cooperating)
syncopy (to cut through)
scintillate (to spark)
synaesthesia (sense with)
synapse (clasp, fasten, junction)
synaptive (connected, copulative)
synchronistic (simultaneous)
synchronized (same timing)
sinclinal (to lean together)
syncretic (reconciling different beliefs)
synagogue (to gather together)
syndic (publically advocate)
synecdoche (part for whole)
synechia (continuity, to hold with)
synonymous (having the same name)
synopsis (to see all together)
syntactic (ordered, arranged with intention)
synthesis (put together)

succulent (to suck the juice)
snuffaluffagus (shaggy lumbering goddess)
sesquiquadrate (two celestial bodies separated by 135 degrees)
cinquant (fifty; homonym: 5 aunts)
cinq (five)

please praise my sins/syns/scins/skins, for they are magnificent and holy, praising creation

Friday, November 26, 2010

The View from Cold Mountain

We lay our own traps,
pay handsomely for the privilege,
borrow, in fact, more than we’ve ever had
just to slip our necks inside the noose.

Yep, we cook our own goose,
fry up golden eggs while we’re at it
and invite our friends to dine
as if it’s a joyous occasion.

We buy objects that no one needs, in bulk,
unpack them into cabinets, cavernous,
and lovingly recycle the plastic bags
by tying them tightly around our necks.

We shop so carefully for our poison,
hire experts to help us estimate
exactly how much to consume each month
so we can die alongside the neighbors,
lawns as perfect as cemetery plots.

We buy our chains. We buy our locks.
We save our pennies in a box,
fretting about where it’s cached
while dreaming of a larger box.

A mortgage is literally a pledge to death
for each and every debt is less
a measure of pleasure in present tense
than memory of a past defense
against that which awaits each of us
regardless of interest or last address.

One breath


Held through two rock valley,
past the nude sheep and singing lambs,
through shafts of light offered only
after the dead have fallen away,
past deer carcass, skunk, barn owl,
offering, as they must,
roadkill married to moment’s glory.

It is never one thing
in the aching span between
in and out, pausing
at the tip of the tongue before
creation, again, saying,
How about this?
And this?
And then this?
One breath, shotgun wedding of truth
that this is your life, choice
to linger at the nectar of nothing,
the intermezzo before another starts,
the making of worlds
in the bellows of your sweet accordion

This Week's Prompt: Palimpsest

During this time of reflection and gratitude, revisit a prior prompt or finish something you started before. This is a fallow week as winter deepens.

Think of it as a kind of palimpsest:

Example Palimpsest: Codex of Ephremi
Wikipedia: A palimpsest is a manuscript page from a scroll or book that has been scraped off and used again. The word "palimpsest" comes through Latin from Greek παλιν + ψαω = (palin "again" + psao "I scrape"), and meant "scraped (clean and used) again." Romans wrote on wax-coated tablets that could be smoothed and reused, and a passing use of the term "palimpsest" by Cicero seems to refer to this practice. The term has come to be used in similar context in a variety of disciplines, notably architectural archaeology.

    Keyword labels: poem, palimpsest

    Thursday, November 25, 2010

    heart lantern

    bring your candles
    bring the lantern of your heart
    and strike the flame high
    we are beloved friends, so long
    warming each others' homes

    come I will kindle the coals of you
    and you will flare the fire of me, my life, my heart

    this is the truest gift, vibrant, brighter
    than spring air or bloom—
    in the middle of cloud lid and winter's promise
    of silence, of grey quiet,
    we break out in lanterning, in frolic

    this is why they call it housewarming.
    friend the gift of your presence is a lantern
    whose light will stay with me,
    heart gladdening,
    ever resuscitating, alive,
    a beacon in memory and
    kindling the skin, the fiber of me
    my heart and health,
    a full moon smiling, then wax and waning,
    ever replenishing, visit and visit again,
    brighter than bright and wholeness creating,

    bright and beaconing again,
    infinite and warm.

    providing guidance, surefooted, dancing.
    ever replenishing, visit and visit again,
    brighter than bright and wholeness creating,
    bright and beaconing,
    infinite and warm.

    excerpt, r2

    Wednesday, November 24, 2010

    engaged in this

    * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

    what comes is what brings itself to this

    what rests there and what moves on

    these are both a part of the same stuff

    the stuff of emergingrecedingpausing

    bring your feeling sense to what I am

    pointing to if you will, if you feel to

    there is an ‘empty’ state or open, spacious,

    receiving, nothing being grasped for or at

    that pervades the formerly preoccupied

    ground such that ground becomes being

    being breathes just as awareness is quietly

    cascadingshoweringbathing itself ever anew

    things get done yet no doing ~ on and on

    spontaneously refreshing, involuntarily,

    with and without innocence both

    nothing you can or need to do about it

    but be in and as the receiving,

    the flowering of this, engaged in this

    * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

    Tuesday, November 23, 2010

    Freeform homage

    If I were you,
    I could snap open the moment,
    an impatiens seed pod ejecting dozens of tiny eyes
    into the corners of this personal sensation
    sitting here
    as it happens now

    one eye to watch a sky so inviting
    through blinds beneath the eave,
    an aching toward sunshine and the way breezes
    open the throat to drink,
    and colors rise in my face

    one eye to fly up, to see the rolling surface
    of land and sea, two to sink
    into the depths,
    drift from eddies to roots
    to sky again,
    dancing between terrestrial chambers
    like blood through the heart's mansion and

    the hallways between moments,
    the causeways that plant you in plains,
    and bog me in the marsh for now,
    and roll us all up again
    into one skypod

    and the longing, the longing
    the impossible
    throat longing as though
    to emerge burstingly
    having burst,
    to what?

    to sky beyond sky,
    to your seeing
    and to seeing beyond you,
    to the reverse of shutting,
    to swallow, to stare
    stretch and plode

    proto-birth verb spasms


    One Way of Looking at a Blackboard

    Amontilado twenty-fourno snub mountain ash,
    Theo onomastic moving picture thingamabob
    Wash theo eyeball ofay theo blackboard.

    [This poem was composed by taking each word from the first stanza of Wallace Stevens' "Twenty Ways of Looking at a Blackbird" and replacing it with the very next word in the dictionary.

    "Among twenty snowy mountains,
    The only moving thing
    Was the eye of the blackbird."]

    Friday, November 19, 2010

    Thanksgiving Week Prompt: Poem After Poem

    IMUNURIans, for this week of gratitude, let's explore our connection with other poets and our poems' connection to other poems. 

    Choose a poet or a poem and write a new poem in response, homage, reply, rebuttal, compassion, echo, revision, update, addition, multiplication, highlight, shadow, unbridlement, connection, personalization, recasting, bronze, merlot, counterpoint, synergy, elevation, elephants, cinnabar, scouring pads.... what was I saying?

    Please indicate the poet or poem you are referencing as part of your post or as a self-comment.

    Explore the connections and shared energies among all poeming. You might pick a poem by another IMUNURI poet and offer a harmony part. You might take an ancient poem from another language and translate/update it. You could make a solemn or a playful nod to the entire body of work by a poet who has influenced you. Or Google "poem," find some random sample and delve into what you find there. There are as many possibilities as there are poems, or maybe more.

    Thank you!

    Labels:  response, poem

    Wednesday, November 17, 2010

    scorpio dream: tarantella

    in the dream i dance the tarantella
    with a red and black thin-legged monster.
    i am protecting a young cross-eyed girl
    from the dream spider's scorpion whiptail.

    she is screaming and scared, it's on her head
    in invisible, quick, lethal gestures.
    it comes after me, mad now, tail poised up
    only thing not moving, graceful arrow

    of death. i begin to skittle skattle
    as if quicker than death: i'm not. in greece
    they danced to sweat out poison, a rite
    of exorcism for the convulsions of the bite.

    now in italy a dance entrances:
    whether bit or not, we become spider.
    but in the dream, i am not fast enough
    (and that's saying a lot).

    is being a workaholic like dancing
    tarantella 24/7? i wake
    to the poison of this day, brightly
    and innocently, calm light proclaiming all

    is well, dream's over, whether it is or not.

    Tuesday, November 16, 2010

    Where does that hallway lead?

    The architecture of my dreams: hallways.
    Red velvet or broad as betting parlors,
    the spaces signal transition—always—
    and sometimes I come to a subtle door
    that opens into a dark and small maze.

    It’s familiar but not particular.
    I begin squeezing down the labyrinth.
    It is as wide as I am. Yellow earth.
    Unease rises. I crouch. Ahead, the depth.
    I know the secret—I have all my days!

    I backtrack from the anonymous earth,
    shut the basement door, return to the hall.
    Hors d’oeuvres. The opera. No way to assert
    what was...where I went. Must wake to recall
    the dark, the door, the secret I forget.

    Through that grave, I wonder if there’s a caul.
    I think through the nothing there is the all.

    Monday, November 15, 2010

    This area may contain assassins

    You sauntered up, all legs, and calmly said,
    “Just dance,” so I held you close,
    head high, hips sly, tossing off bon mots
    while keeping your sleek body
    between me and that goon with the gun.

    I ignored the nuns in the casino,
    letting you sit in my lap for luck and black jack,
    snapping your garter with each new card,
    a surreptitious little superstition
    that made you smirk
    but quickly attracted the eye in the sky.

    “Slide the winnings in a suitcase and fetch my car,”
    I told the cage, flipping the dealer six chips as a tip
    while surveillance cameras swiveled
    to see the seams on your stockings
    strut out to the street.

    It’s remarkable anyone could drive
    after all that cognac and champagne,
    yet such a relief to know
    you’d never slip something in my drink,
    except maybe an organic lychee.

    I went straight back to the cave,
    not bothering to blindfold you
    or take fake turns or
    even worry about a tail.

    Sure, they chewed me out the next day —
    but I knew what I was doing.

    The boys down in the motor pool
    keep filling in the bullet holes and banging out the dents.

    The lab has scrubbed the interior so many times,
    our history could be told in a series of cigar stubs
    and strands of hair in tiny, labeled plastic bags.
    They even installed that baby ejector seat in back.

    It’s been a long road,
    with our share of ugly scenes, bad dialogue,
    and more than a few continuity errors,
    yet you’re still there
    when I have to drop the top and hit the gas.

    And before I even ask,
    you’re elegantly passing me the pistol from the glove box.

    You freshen your lipstick. I talk to my watch,
    then we exchange familiar grins.
    It’s going to be fine, baby.

    It’s going to be just fine.

    Friday, November 12, 2010

    Dream While Driving

    I fell asleep again today, this time while driving.
    I dreamed I was awake, and driving
    on the very same freeway
    on the very same day
    and every driver in every other car
    knew me and waved as they passed.
    Some honked their horns and smiled.
    Small children pressed their faces against the windows
    and gestured wildly.
    It felt good to be known and recognized.
    Everyone drove safely,
    and gave me lots of room.
    I did not recognize a single man, woman, or child
    though they seemed to know me very well.
    I wondered - had I known them in some other life?

    A taxi driver wearing a turban
    rolled down his window
    and motioned for me to exit.
    I pulled off at the next freeway offramp.
    I found a place to pull over beside
    a field of golden barley.
    I waited for him to come to my window.
    It took a while, for he had but one leg
    and he had to walk with crutches.
    "Do you remember me?" he exclaimed,
    smiling broadly but with tears in his eyes.
    "I'm sorry," I said, "I don't remember you at all."
    "I am Mansi, your son in law," he said.
    "I married your daughter."
    "I don't have a daughter," I said.
    "Your daughter Gloria, with the beautiful voice."
    "I'm sorry," I said, "I don't remember a thing."
    "It's okay," he said. "Remembering
    isn't everything."
    He embraced me then and I woke up.

    I was still driving, but on an unfamiliar highway
    that seemed to stretch on forever
    between foggy rice fields
    without another car or farmhouse in sight
    and no way to remember
    from where I had come from
    or where I was going.

    This Week's Prompt: Dream Poem

    O Poets of Imunuri, at this time of thin veil between worlds, take your inspiration from one of these ideas: 

    Write about a dream, as if in a dream, or through the image of a recent dream. 

    Write of a nightmare or an image of sanctuary. 

    Or write the poem as a dream interpretation, as if you are each of the characters in a dream. 

    Loosen your edges, defy gravity, roll between realities, as dreams do. 

    Tag with "poem, dream"

    Thursday, November 11, 2010


    The camp pool glowed green once the sun blew out.
    Guys with clipboards herded us into teams.
    My team, the Ravens, chose me to start.
    My mission: to hold my head submerged
    longer than any other teenage fool.

    At the whistle, I plunged into water
    cold as space, silent
    as a whale's womb.
    How could I not taste death?

    My team shouted words from far away.
    Loneliness embraced me like a ghost.
    I hid there for what seemed like hours
    beneath the stones of duty
    until my lungs heaved, grew wings,
    lifted me back
    to the world of the living.

    One other child endured Sheol
    two seconds longer than I.
    I felt deeply for her.

    This Poem Starts with a Deep Breath

    "Take a deep breath," my doctor said
    in a strong Korean accent.
    His stethoscope pressed cold against my chest.
    In a frame on the wall, his medical license
    butted up against a print
    of the lovely Mona Lisa.
    "Why is she smiling?" I asked.
    "Why is who smiling?"
    "The young woman in the painting," I said,
    "on the wall behind your back."
    "I can't stand that painting," he said.
    "Everytime I walk into the room
    it's as if she's smirking at me.
    She's thinking, 'You call yourself a doctor?
    You're just a quack."
    "Well, are you?" I asked
    as he looked into my ear
    with a strange device.
    "Well she sure thinks so," he said
    in a brusque physician tone.
    "She's the Mona Lisa. She must know."

    From an examination room across the hall
    I heard an old man scream.
    The doctor tapped my kneecap
    with a tiny rubber-tipped mallet.
    "I don't think you're a quack," I said.
    "I think you're very competent.
    You did a great job on my ruptured spleen."
    "Do you really think so?" he said.
    "And remember that band saw accident last year?
    I thought I'd never write again.
    And here I am, on my third novel."
    "You're very kind," my doctor said.
    "I need more patients like you.
    What color bandaid would you like?"
    "I'll take green," I said.

    "I want to prescribe some medication
    for your invisible nose," he said.
    "Whatever you think is best," I said,
    although I'm okay with it, actually."
    By the way," I said, as he wrote my prescription down,
    "why don't you replace that painting
    with something a little more uplifting?
    Leda and the Swan, perhaps,
    or maybe something by Warhol."
    "I've considered that," he said.
    "But at this point in my life
    I just don't want to make big changes.
    And besides," he said,
    "Mona Lisa keeps me humble."

    Wednesday, November 10, 2010

    17 words out of breath

    (fast walk)

    office computer blacks out—walk then
    even as the static rain glazes
    what’s now a perfect day

    (Richmond, U.S.)

    insomniac worry how health
    is worth the price, but now
    before the phone call,
    a snoring family

    (cost per inhalation)

    return on investment.
    save on breath in bulk—Dow
    Jones in dust
    real average
    down some points


    curtain freakout
    heart suffocating staccato as though
    wrapped tight in comforters
    on! on!
    panting for the call


    sculptor knows how i feel—
    painter, dancer, engineer,
    horse, axlotl, plumeria tree—
    job done and done well


    pump pant dance and sore
    wild wind on the floor
    shoe magic:
    shoes are on—and gone

    (upsetting dream)

    door wide open hinges
    on faces, feet, dirt—
    the hallway from here
    to the dimly lit room


    she burns energy
    like gunpwder on blacktop—
    the gates open
    the highway to the sun
    never ends

    Tuesday, November 9, 2010

    rush of air

    you take it for granted,
    just a regular sweet motion,
    waves lapping on a lakeshore
    aura light blue, you don't even notice.

    until there is a jagged tear
    or the timing goes all wrong,
    breath too slow, too quick
    startling the birds from the trees.

    like if you lose your pregnancy
    in an 8 hour rush of blood
    all by yourself on a long road trip
    soaking through five pairs of pants,
    pooling the seat into a red lagoon of despair
    and your air comes in a panicked rush inoutinoutinout
    trembling all your appendages for lack of oxygen,
    transforming everything into the wrong world of crimson.
    but there is nowhere to stop -
    you can only
    slow your lungs into the draft of a warrior,
    and drive.

    breath is the umbilical to spirit they say,
    which is how we know
    that your body is part of every god
    since breath is umbilical also
    to your very earthly life.

    best to notice it
    while everything is right in the world.

    Monday, November 8, 2010


    Running, in bodies no longer built for
    running, in wing tips, in heels, gasping for air,
    uncertain even if we’re running away
    or running after something, sitting,
    merely sitting at desks and
    drowning in our chests,
    running, we suffocate in stress.

    An entire office inhales and holds its breath.

    An entire industry, afraid to exhale.

    Running toward deadlines
    with nothing save adrenaline for lunch,
    running to stay ahead,
    and a million brilliants coming up behind,
    running on and on in electronic sentences,
    sitting only yards apart and never speaking
    except to scream. Running out of time.

    The system is running but fragmented
    and prone to fatal unexpected error.

    Shut down. Restart. Running,
    at last stumbling into the street.
    How did it get so dark?
    Running for cabs and buses and trains

    still dealing with messages and claims,
    running toward a receding line,
    legs twitching helplessly,
    lungs grabbing at nothing,
    how is it that we're still singing,
    as the life runs out of us,
    singing for more, more, more?

    Sunday, November 7, 2010

    Picasso in the rain

    Simultaneity Disambiguation


    These are times of listening within
    along with the expanding out,
    Sometimes we need to remind ourselves
    which is always there,
    into the field where all things
    of the very thing that is ours
    are available and free,
    pure and clear. Our familiar states
    because there is no yours or mine.
    are those small platforms
    we stop on in mid-air
    Can you feel how that is so?
    when we perceive we have no room
    to move, no other option. How do
    We land again and again and again,
    we agree to remain in those states
    when our true state of pure beingness
    such that landing just is, with no landed.
    has never been anywhere else but here,
    the very ground, the matter and
    And from that which is not static,
    substance of all seeing, every action,
    every breath and non-breath.
    we return, without need of returning,
    Singularity becomes disentangled
    and simultaneously also conjoined.
    to ourselves, whole, unique, individual.

    Friday, November 5, 2010

    This week's prompt: Out of Breath

    Write an "out of breath" poem.
    As with any prompt, this is what you make of it to support your own poeming process.
    You could do something aerobic and then write the first words that come to you as you're still panting.
    You could explore the biological/spiritual/metaphorical aspects of breath.
    You could write about speech and the sounds and meanings that literally come out of one's breath.
    IMUNURI waits to read your poems with baited breath...

    Keywords: Breath, Poem

    Thursday, November 4, 2010


    anticipation's letter came right on time
    vaulted me sideways
    clickety clack track wise
    into a hurried suitcase jumble,
    don't even know what is in it
    (all the wrong clothes, a smooth red stone,
    two napkin poems and a wind's worth of autumn leaves)
    cancel everything
    and off to the station
    to wait
    for a whir of metal to wild me away.

    now paused,
    i am jetsam on a leaping wave, forth and back
    between a nimble rise into
    the nectarine taste fuzz on her almost cheek
    and the visceral return clunk
    to this echoing room, someone's cigarette dank jacket,
    the blue news hum stare of wayward strangers.
    but, wait for it....
    another minute and gone again,
    lifted all the way to cirrus clouds -
    on a wing of future touch
    belly butterflies fly in formation,
    eagerness drinking deep
    of this
    train station limbo
    between very right here
    and oh so soon.

    Welcome Aboard

    Today you will be removing your clothes.

    Ladies and gentlemen. Captain. Seat belt.

    Carry-on luggage. Overhead bin.

    Be sure to wear socks that don’t have holes.

    Flight attendant. Mobile phones.

    Navigational equipment. 10,000 feet.

    Choose shoes that slip off easily.

    Tampering with. Disabling.

    Prohibited by law.

    Select an outfit without a belt.

    Television monitor. Seat pocket.

    Full attention. Safety features.

    You will be undressing in front of other people.

    Metal fitting. Loose end. Strap.

    Release. Buckle. Turbulence.

    They won’t care much how you look.

    Emergency exit. Floor lights.

    Inflatable slide.

    They won’t slip tips in your waistband.

    Air pressure. Decompression.

    Firmly over your nose and mouth.

    Just strip quickly and move on.

    Unlikely event. Cushion.

    Life vest. Pull firmly on the cord.

    Keep nothing in your pockets.

    Uniformed crew member.

    Inform you when it’s safe.

    Present your documents and think before speaking.

    Seat backs. Tray tables.

    Full upright position.

    Avoid being ethnic.

    Departure. Cross-check.

    Relax. Enjoy.

    None of this is personal.

    Prohibited Items for Travelers: An Airborne Luggage Ode

    Box Cutters. Ice Axes/Ice Picks. Knives -
    except for plastic or round-bladed butter knives.
    Meat Cleavers. Razor Blades.
    Sabers. Scissors. Swords.

    Baseball Bats. Bows and Arrows.
    Cricket Bats. Golf Clubs.
    Hockey Sticks. Lacrosse Sticks.
    Pool Cues. Ski Poles.
    Spear Guns.

    Ammunition. Compressed Air Guns.
    Firearms. Flare Guns.
    Flares. Gun Lighters. Gun Powder
    including black powder and percussion caps.
    Parts of Guns. Pellet Guns.
    Starter Pistols.

    Axes and Hatchets. Cattle Prods.
    Crowbars. Hammers.
    Drills and drill bits. Saws.
    Tools (greater than seven inches in length).

    Billy Clubs. Black Jacks.
    Brass Knuckles. Kubatons.
    Self Defense Sprays -
    one 4-ounce (118ml) container of mace or pepper spray is permitted in Checked Baggage provided it is equipped with a safety mechanism to prevent accidental discharge. Self Defense Sprays containing more than 2% by mass of Tear Gas (CS or CN) are prohibited in Checked Baggage.
    Night Sticks. Nunchakus.
    Stun Guns/Shocking Devices. Throwing Stars.

    Blasting Caps. Dynamite. Fireworks. Flares (in any form).
    Hand Grenades. Plastic Explosives.
    Realistic Replicas of Explosives.

    Aerosol. Fuels. Gasoline. Gas Torches.
    Lighter Fluid. Torch Lighters.
    Strike-anywhere Matches.
    Flammable Paints. Turpentine and Paint Thinner.
    Realistic Replicas of Incendiaries.

    Chlorine for Pools and Spas.
    Fire extinguishers and other compressed gas cylinders.
    Liquid Bleach. Spillable Batteries -
    except those in wheelchairs.
    Spray Paint. Tear Gas. Vehicle Airbags.

    Gel-type candles. Gel shoe inserts.
    Flammable liquid, gel, or aerosol paint.
    Snow globes and like decorations
    regardless of size or amount of liquid inside,
    even with documentation.

    One Stop from Warsaw

    The city slips away in the wrong direction,
    a breath-stealing, helpless realization
    that takes place too late,
    like discovering one’s manners
    vanished with one’s drink.

    Having boarded the incorrect train,
    leaping off at the next station
    is not always the best solution…

    Yet eager to rectify an error,
    who stops to think?

    The reward for decisive action:
    a desolate platform, the squat, dark stationhouse.
    Shattered windows, dangling doors.

    No schedule of future arrivals, no one to ask,
    no relevant vocabulary even given the chance.

    Disembarking is as momentous
    as departing — or should be —
    but we heap the glory
    on an audacious beginning, and on the journey,
    taking for granted a safe, if haggard, return home.

    Tar-dipped telephone poles,
    now wireless, recede into humid thickets.

    The afternoon buzzes
    with a pilgrim’s silence,
    alarming to any still in transit.

    Solicitous, suspicious, hostile, indifferent,
    the entrance of any eyes would be welcome,
    would likely dictate the day’s outcome,
    except the only occurrence more intuitively improbable
    is the blessed spitting of another train’s brakes.

    Rash decisions can leave one stranded
    in burgs served, revenue permitting,
    by a limping, subsidized local.

    At best.

    Prop up the legs of that splintering bench.

    This is not an island
    of sirens, witches, giants, storms.

    This is a place,
    alone, to wait.

    Which may be the most fearsome adventure yet.

    Tuesday, November 2, 2010

    Flight 7507, Thursday, near All Hallow's Eve (Rondeau)

    Before the long last breath, on planes
    bound far to south, at height of cranes,
    and higher still, our oared bird flew.
    To my core all sundry selves drew
    in hope of flying whole, no strain

    greater than ancestors' refrain:
    "bring us back to earth" - in great pain:
    the roiling clouds, cumulus brew,
    before the long last breath.

    The sky opens. Sudden and plain:
    a blue coherent height. We gained
    ancients on wing, steadfast, and grew
    to thousands, passengers and crew.
    Ghostly, winged, by window framed,
    before the long last breath.

    Scooter Cascadia
    Near Hallowmas 42010

    Tonight's flight

    When we arrive at the station—
    we stop. Smoke anticipation
    butts. Pretend to read. Check the screen.
    Everyone sits paused mid-careen
    toward disparate revelations.

    We pine for our destinations—
    homecomings or recreations—
    clutching our phones and magazines.
          When we arrive

    beyond immobilization,
    all thoughts of our hesitation
    will stay here for the time being
    to sit with all who pass between
    now and the gratification
          when we arrive.