Sunday, May 26, 2019

STORM 


Storm on the prairie.
There are no saints in heaven,
no angels among us.



Saturday, May 25, 2019

BECAUSE CROWS 


Because crows,
autumn coming.

Believe.



Friday, May 24, 2019

THEY SPEAK 


They speak
to both

sky and
water,

these
ospreys

and make
us say

Amen.



Thursday, May 23, 2019

HAWK ROUGHED 


Hawk roughed
by wind

asks no
mercy,

gives none,
and none

is given.



Wednesday, May 22, 2019

LIGHT / THE COLOR 


Light
the color of

corn tassels
at evening.



Tuesday, May 21, 2019

CROWS ABOVE 


Crows above
the cornfield.

This rain is not

the distance
they wanted.



Monday, May 20, 2019

GREEN BELIEF 


Every green screaming
thing would say

Thank you, Lord, if
green screaming things

believed in God.
Instead, it seems,

they believe in light.



Sunday, May 19, 2019

SOMETIMES THE GIFT 


Sometimes
the gift

is image.
Sometimes

it's language.
The best

gift is
a shape,

an iron-
work

structure
to make

the perfect
thing.



Saturday, May 18, 2019

IF 


If
you can

see it
you can

make it,
the poem.

The hard
part is

seeing.



Friday, May 17, 2019

WIND AND WATER 


Wind
we know,

though,
we can't

see it.
Water

we see,
and can't

know.
Such is

the mystery
of wind

and water.



Thursday, May 16, 2019

THAT WHICH 


That which
does not
exist

lays low --
shadow.



Wednesday, May 15, 2019

THE RIGHT STUFF 


Not history,
not myth in

this moment.
This moment.



Tuesday, May 14, 2019

WOMAN 


Woman with long
hips and legs all

the way down
buys produce at

a roadside stand.
The sun shines through

her green dress as
if she's translucent

or else there's fire,
a fire within.



Monday, May 13, 2019

HE SAYS 


Some want
the whole

story.
I want

this one
naked

moment.



Thursday, May 02, 2019

POETS' DICTIONARY 


Juice
is the word
to use

for that which
makes you
make a poem.


Wednesday, May 01, 2019

THE POET'S WORK 


One lifts
what one

can. What
flies flies

on its own.



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