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  81.     

Sand Creek,1864

The pipes had been smoked
Our chief, Black Kettle
Had spoken
The White Man could be trusted
Surely
No harm would come
She thought
Cradling her baby tight
Looking up only briefly
The tepee flap opened
A blue-coated soldier
Sword swinging at her neck.


(Previously published in Poets4Peace, Nov.2000)
 
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  82.     

Spider's Web

A perfect creation
Knit between branch and oak leaf
Of glistening silken line

Catching light
Pure testimony, this ancient wisdom
Living locket

Dangled from a strand of pearl
The nape of the universe
Holds this precious life

Jewel
In wait for the unwary
Sweet kiss and beautiful death.


(Previously published in Timber Creek Review, Spring 2007, Vol 13 No 1)
 
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  83.     

Still Waters

When you dig beneath the surface of people
It seems
Each individual has a little bit to offer
A spring of self to be tapped
On his or her own limited terms.

Insofar as your needs and wants
Coincide
There may be
A merging of like tributaries
Flowing in the same direction.

But only one or two
If you’re lucky
Will open the deepest channels of
Themselves
Stay the course through the
Rapids that treacherously lie in wait
The blast of stone and spray
A lifetime commitment
To see the end and the beginning
The return of the rain to the cloud in the sky
The vastness of an ocean
Serene in the wave and drift
...of time.


(Previously published in Shadyvale, Summer 2000)
 
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  84.     

Straitjacket Heart (senryu)

Straitjacket heart
lips pressed against a window
freedom is the dream
 
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