Sample poems

Collect of the Day

 

O Lord, open thou our lips

light is so much more
with clouds

I walk alone

and
why anyone would want to speak

to interrupt
the wind

it isn’t my place
to say 

enough
to watch
the hours

finch on aster

eavesdrop

sift the sky through
for god

Twelfth Day: Morning Prayer on Lake Superior
        the mind and heart are ... mystery — Psalm 64

We come to the lake and it’s hard
to take it in, all those old souls
riding the waves and you, taken down

by their happiness, and I ask where
in your body do you feel the lake,
and I tell you I feel a weight in my chest, 

a heart, a fistful of heart, 
right here, 
and how is it such slap and rock and shore, 

such wind and wave unceasing, 
how is it
we name such clamor: stillness

 

Twenty-Second Day: Mourning Prayer
                                           sorrow — Psalm 107

leaves blow across the street, a sorrow of leaves
full moon to new moon, a sorrow of moons
a ravel of geese arrow south

there was the day she left on her wings
left her drums and her poems here with us  
a sorrow of drums and poems

all those yesterdays, all those  
clouds and then we ate funeral food, everywhere
a sorrow of clouds and food

dust on her books, pages
un-thumbed, tell me where are the great mercies
in this sorrow of dust


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