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Poems By Poet RIC S. BASTASA  10/21/2014 5:20:04 AM
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  2797.     

a leaf

to a non-poet a leaf is just a leaf
and when it falls
on the ground, there is nothing but a
fall

but to us who claim this art
a leaf is not just a leaf
but it can be you or i
falling and when i reach the ground
you feel the heart of the leaf
beating

for its falling, its failure as a leaf,
its surrender to a certain death
its claiming a portion of this earth
to rest and be part of this
world, it rots, and it speaks some line
before it rots

a poem, a valediction on an anthill,
an eulogy of the other leaves that
fell before the great falling

it can be a story of humanity written
on the lines of its face, it will have flesh
on its layers, some mouths on its
seams, and it will tell too

about the tree where it comes from
how the clouds drifted so close to its stalk
how the sun kissed it on top of everything

a leaf is a world. just as a poem is.
we live inside it. Through it. Even
outside it. Even in circles.

we make understanding so complicated.
yet we are so simple as you see us.
 
RIC S. BASTASA
   
 

   
   
 

  2798.     

a leaf, a sparrow, a cloud, sun and wind

this is it
this is it now
without you
without me even

a new day
will always be here
even
without us

it does not make any bother
it does not say a word
it simply makes
itself with the others
who also make
themselves

unfolding.
 
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  2799.     

a leaf, a twig, a little bird

Adam, am i,
i got this only fig
leaf to
cover my
insufficiency,
this deficiency
of the
centerfold
in me.

Adam am i,
i have this little twig,
attached to
my upper leg,

and Adam am i,
i have this little bird,
so coy like a turtle dove,
yet so fierce
and shrewd
like a fox, like a snake,
one eyed

it sees the main entrance
in that dark hole
where happiness

and pleasure
of my being
Adam of the flesh
am i
surely lies.

i throw away the fig leaf,
hold unto this twig,
and then like happiness

i fly to you like
my little shrewd bird.

catch me, if you can,
barehanded, if you will.
 
RIC S. BASTASA
   
 

   
   
 

  2800.     

a leap of faith

at the very moment when he gave up God
he closes his eyes
he leaps from the top of the cliff
feeling the wind and the hands of the clouds
he stretches his arms
his hands groping for nothing
his feet no longer trembling
he feels the ground
he crushes with an impact
that he had never known

there is only darkness
and then a faint light and then he feels
the arms of God finally embracing him
he opens his eyes and there he sees God
the eyes of true compassion
love eternal
 
RIC S. BASTASA
   
 
 
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