questions and zen

 

 

two wonderful publications have gone live recently and due to the kindness of some very lovely editors,
a few of my poems have been included. it is time (past due) for thanks!
 
first, a ‘thank you’ to  marie marshall  for including me in  the autumn 2012 showcase  on  the zen space.   do stop by for a leisurely stroll … then on your way home, drop into   amazon   and order marie’s  new novel Lupa!   everyone needs her own copy.     congratulations, marie!!
 
and a ‘thank you’ to dale wisely for including   my poem   in   questions,  the new mini-issue at   right hand pointing.   I’m so happy to be able to share that space with fellow poet-friend   deb scott   and other awesome writers. it’s a great read; don’t miss it!

 

joyful moon –
I sing with the voice
of a crow

 

 

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questions and zen

airbursts, shattercones and the space for zen

 

I’m happy (and a few other words, too) to announce that today marks the publication of my poetry in two different places. a great, heart-felt ‘thank you’ to marie marshall for including me once again in her wonderful ‘the zen space’ — in the Summer 2012 Showcase. come help celebrate Matsuo Bashō’s famous haiku; you may just notice some familiar ‘feathered’ friends during your wandering.
 

morning fog
I’m startled by the splash
of frogs
 

and right hand pointing is now live with issue 52: airbursts and shattercones. I’m thrilled to have two of my prose poems included. this special issue was edited by howie good, who’s been very kind to me. rhp is consistently a great read; check it out!

 

 

airbursts, shattercones and the space for zen

lake

 

the indian is sitting in a tree near the edge of a spillway. he whistles, he calls. he wants me to climb peeling bark, to fold legs and arms, to balance on bare feet. I lock the car door. I take off my shoes. it is cold, high on this branch. his brown skin is feathered; he wraps me in a wing. he points at the deep-water lake with a cigarette. this is where we come from, he says. we swim until we can walk. we walk until we can fly. there is time for everything. he shifts, and his yellow beak is wet in the setting sun.

 
he has nothing more to say.

 

(revised version) issue 52 — right hand pointing

lake

opossum

 

a dog is barking his opinion. he is my ex-husband, waking neighbors. something rustles leaves in the backyard, tips over a stack of empty clay pots. the indian is in my head, feeling his way because there is no moon; there are no stars. I open the door and the opossum screams, frozen in guilt. light turns his black eyes to gold. his teeth, his pink tongue are fear and they writhe, they gnash. neither one of us moves. we feign, our dead tails curling like parasitic worms.

 
the indian stands with his feet flat on the ground.

 

(revised version) — issue 52 — right hand pointing

opossum