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  105.     

Gypsy Heart

Place to place, always

Looking, city country farm
Or field, some small patch of
Ground to call “home” for a
Time, people passing in and out
Faces of a dream, disappearing
The sigh and moan of found and lost

Taking and giving bits and pieces of
Themselves, each memory a
Locket, worn close to the breast
Belonging nowhere and everywhere
A new road always beckoning
The future always unknown, always

Re-creating itself.


(Previously published in Autumn Leaves, May 2003)
 
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  106.     

Homestead

Considered too small at five foot five
To manage the farm
My grandfather Irl
In the nineteen teens
Was cast out into the world
To fend for himself
Like so many others
Driven from the land
Never to return
He survived with his mind
A teacher, a thinker
A harvester of spirit
And I, and his descendants
Follow his lead
With not one patch of ground
But a world to call our home.


(Previously published in Miller's Pond Poetry Magazine, January 2001, vol 3)
 
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  107.     

Illuminata

The lanterns are lit
Thousands circle, drums beating
Fire dancing on the river waves of darkness
We gather in colors of rainbow night
Our tears still welled within the eyes
Passing along, one hand to another
Our procession bridges
Bank upon bank of feeling

This hope for peace

We claim
Ourselves committed
The black and white yellow red of our
Collected conscience we
Make this place our
Blazoning torch
Freedom in the flame
Constantly burning.


(Previously published in Honor and Remembrance, Indelible Mark Publishing,2007. Note: Illuminata was the name given to a community event that took place in Portland, OR, shortly after 9/11.)
 
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  108.     

In A Poet's Eye

is the reflection
the image of a ghost
haunted by life
love-lorn romantic
the heart cut open
exposed
the flesh peeled away
in layers
words fall
drifting silently
the sad and bitter tears
of a lost embrace…


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