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  101.     

No Turning Back

From a vantage below
You can see the anthill swallow the sun
The nature of the beast is to destroy
The ancient symbols foretell

The dying time

The vanishing of the moon
The burning of the sky
The last of the just has fallen in the desert
The flower wilts with no water at the root

Prepare for the night…

The cold darkness of the sea
Shall cover the treachery of the dissemblers
And comfort the quaking
Of the heartbreak Earth.


(Previously published in Burn, Summer 2000.)
 
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  102.     

Nuclear Age

The child came into the world with a nuclear bomb
Hanging like a mobile over his head.

At any second

Every thing
Every place
Every body

Could be vaporized into nothing-ness.

What innocence is lost
When the mad grown-up world
Intrudes
Like a rapist in the night
And shoves a cold cocked revolver
‘Neath the covers
In the crib?


(Previously published in Eclectica, Vol.3, No.4, Nov-Dec '99)
 
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  103.     

Ode To A Hummingbird

Light shot through diaphanous wing
Fifty beats per second

Its long beak dipped in the flower of
Life’s sweet nectar

Too fleet to see without an informative eye
A blur in the green gasp of forest needles
Yet when spied, delight

The happenstance of cat’s catching
Fate’s vivid colors dancing

In the rainbow shade
‘Twixt day and night.


(Previously published at Wayne Owen's Humabout Hummingbird Photography,2003)
 
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  104.     

Old Man and a Bench

Old man sitting on a bench
In the park
At the edge of town.
The paint is peeling
The boards rotting away
From years of pelting from the rain
But he calls it “friend”
This lifeless stone and weathered pine.
It gives him respite
At the close of day
Puts his weary limbs to rest
And brings a smile to his leathered face.
They sit together
The bench and he
Two lost companions
Fading in the darkness
Of the setting sun.


(Previously published in Bardo Burner, Jan 2000, no.12)
 
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