Five Branch Tree

  • Owl's Song
    --Ted Hughes 
    He sang
    how the swan blanched forever
    How the wolf threw away its telltale heart
    And the stars dropped their pretence
    The air gave up appearances
    Water went deliberately numb
    The rock surrendered its last hope
    And cold died beyond knowledge 
    He sang
    How everything had nothing more to lose 
    Then sat still with fear 
    Seeing the clawtrack of star
    Hearing the wingbeat of rock 
    And his own singing

  • Reckless Head
    -- Ted Hughes 
    When it comes down to it
    Hair is afraid. Words from within are afraid. 
    They sheer off, like a garment,
    Cool, treacherous, no part of you. 
    Hands the same, feet, and all blood
    Till nothing is left. Nothing stays 
    But what your gaze can carry.
    And maybe you vomit even that, like a too-much poison. 
    Then it is
    That the brave hunger of your skull 
    Supplants you. It stands where you stood
    And shouts, with a voice you can't hear, 
    For what you can't take.

  • Yesterday a powerful cold front made a storm out of the last of Michigan's summer weather. In the evening, I went out for a beer and had to deflect another man?s frustrations. When at home, President Obama outlined the offensive initiatives with respect to ISIS.  Drone attacks, beheadings, some wild west language that seemed to have been channeled up from Texas, and all the while categorized with the label of ?counter-terror operation? for the white house file cabinet, on the eve of another September 11 anniversary. And then woke up this morning to an explicit metaphor of howling wind and temperatures in the 40's. Thoughts brought me to Bolaņo?s 2666? violent aggressions without beginnings or endings, only varying degrees of eruption from what already plainly exists on the surface of the every day. What is to be seen and not?  On the requiem ground was a drop cloth of heavy dew for an early autumn, holes torn in the grass where a skunk dug up some grubs, a few mushrooms popped off to the side beneath the cedar. For the past week or two, geese have made their calls known while in flight for the migration in a changing season.

  • Summer Haiku- 2014

    the weight of words-
    another box of books
    into the car trunk

    evening sun lingers
    beneath the cloud bank-
    a few last thoughts

    black squall line,
    low pressure dragon,
    it will be done

    one red cardinal sings
    after a needed rain-

    with floating silence,
    a hummingbird
    honors the flowers

    dew point
    thick as rain
    evening wine

    black birds that fly
    past a setting sun

    two young hares
    chase into the grove
    silent shadows

    old wrangler truck
    not starting at sunrise
    wisp breeze in aspens

    breaking news story,
    but still with full attention
    to her new born

    grey cygnets fret
    while the cygnus swims
    in white, sunlight

    grey tiger cat peep
    from beneath the hosta-
    curious stranger

    deep noon
    august heat
    in shadows

    perseid storm,
    crickets about the porch
    here upon earth

    an extra summer day-
    gold finch flying through
    black-eyed susans

    late summer blooms
    deepened in the receding
    whispers of sunlight

  • Oblate cored Jupiter in a mettled density
    of hydrogen helium. God strength weight enough
    to  magnetically pull sixty seven loyal moons. 
    Celestial model component in the lunar sky
    of earth, where footprints set down upon
    soil sand thought and breath from the gut 
    to fall dioxide answers to flight shot questions.
    Sifting on a good day, timbre sheen similes
    through and through. While on bad, more 
    more colossal same. Both, realize spherical
    heft, emotive levity, momentary flux structures,
    antique color composure from independent 
    atmospheric dust. A personal poetic ward
    cycled out of ancient physics and physiologic
    experience. A song to rise and attract its own. 
                                             after Miles Smiles (side A)