Monday, December 18, 2017


Heavenly Ring

Tonight —

because of her

because of me

& the telescope

I bought for her

birthday and she

has become so adept

she calls me out into

the chill spring eve to

look straight up

through lenses to a

miraculous visitation

with Saturn, of all places

ABC Of Love

Once a sassy woman student

Asked me during a reading

If I ever had a leech

On my penis knowing

I lived in the woods

And bathed in a river

The class of women

All held their breaths —

When my wife arrived smiling

And radiant ready to meet

The class for the first time

She answered the question

Immediate Family

for Cid

Either sentimental

Or superstitious &

Maybe both while

Finishing a day

Tree cutting I

Kneel to level

A last ash stump

Which throws up

Two wet leaves onto

The fresh wood &

Seeing that add

One more leaf be-

Tween the two

Making sure

All touch


She is right, this woman

I love, it has been a windy

Fall. And her blonde hair slips

Apart in long strands and with

One hand she combs it away from

Her face and she is smiling. For

Lunch she eats an apple and suns

Her legs, a summer skirt raised.

She is a mother. A small boy is

Napping upstairs in the house.

When awake he will chase

Leaves that fall down from the

Sky, that’s how he sees it.

He calls me daddy because I am.

When I was off at work this

Morning up river laying stone

Along the road in the village

A blonde woman and her young son

Visited me. Hands cold gripping

Wet stone, boots chalked. This

Woman carried her little boy

In her arms, his green sweater

Was like the one my son wears

His mother knitted, ah the love

Of mothers! and I gathered stone

By hand and thought of blue sky

Above, day clear as the river,

And why you must love what you do.


I'm In Love With You
Who Is In Love With Me
Longhouse 2012