“But I always think that the best way to know God is to love many things.”
~ Vincent van Gogh

Monday, May 28, 2012

Man in Café

You can see
in his pose
how much he enjoys
that mug of coffee
at his lips:
the raised elbow,
the head tipped slightly back,
the rapt look.

Then, with what
diligent focus
he peels and eats
bite by bite
the long banana.
The strips of skin fall dangling
from its slender curve
becoming stump.

His gaze is focused, 
calmly intent. 
But underneath 
the straight-legged chair 
his sneakered feet 
are kicking up
in a tiny, involuntary 
joy-dance.


Based on a series of photos by John Palcewski.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

I Open the Door


I open the door
on a cool, clear 
Autumn morning.
A chorus of birds
rises over the hill.

Friday, May 11, 2012

From Both Sides Now


My back yard is clear and sunny, even if a little chilly this autumn morning. I open my front door and there’s dense grey fog to the rooftops on the other side of the street; behind them nothing, everything gone.

Monday, May 7, 2012

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When all's said and done, it is calming to be able to stand in one's back yard, surrounded by trees, on a mild night, under the full moon (not quite obscured by cloud), pour a libation to Nature, perform a simple ritual and say some prayers.


(I looked at this next morning — this morning — and realised it could be a small stone too.)