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  81.     

'Neath the Pines

‘Neath the pines
Tall majestic pines
Still woods

Sleeping

Quiet cabin
Dark
Log walls hewn by ancient axe

Hear

Stories
Time-lost songs
Loves and lives and sorrows passed

They flicker in the moonlight

Spackled ‘cross the fallen leaves
Needles on the forest floor
Know

Listen for a moment...

The wind sweeps through the boughs
Like a sigh.


(Previously published in Over The Back Fence Magazine, Fall 2001)
 
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  82.     

Niagara (haiku)

Niagara falls
with elegant dignity
divine majesty.
 
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  83.     

Old Shoes

Old shoes
Broken-soled brothers
Have seen happier days
I remember when I bought them
My young hands pulled the laces tight
I looked smart in those shoes
Dancing with the girls on a hot summer night
Smoking cigarettes in the gloom
Waiting for a dream to slip into the back seat
Of a ’57 Chevy.

Ah, but
Old shoes
Don’t last long
And old feet grow tired
From all the walking.
There comes a time
When both must part
An ignominious end
In some forgotten field
Covered with pungent earth
Discarded debris.


(Previously published in Some Words: A Place For Poetry, Feb.2000)
 
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  84.     

Poetry is Dead

Capital D.
Go to the bookstore if you don’t
Believe me
See if you can find the poetry
Way back in the back where
Most people seldom go
If you do find it, what
Do you see?

Frost and Dickinson and
Susan Polis Schutz
Oh, yes, Poetry is Dead.

Who killed it? And why?
We need to find the corpse
Get a sample of DNA
Re-construct a new being
A Poetry people can relate to
A Poetry people want to hear
A Poetry not only striking
But with something vividly important
To say.


(Previously published in CER*BER*US, XLIII, July 2001)
 
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