Bedtime Prayer

From The Properties of Dust

Camp Life at Hidden Valley - Joshua Tree National Park, California - ‎December ‎15, ‎2016 - www.aflitt.com/JoshuaTreeNP

Slipped words in the night.


Not a punched gut but steely

all over like a hangover,

and it comes with a hangover.


Lapses and glances left behind,

parables and my ears

too young

until now, until too late.


Concealed touches,

clandestine encounters

becoming words to be touched:

felt like a stone,

thrown like a stone,

sinking like-


Angry sweat, sad sweat,

fear sweat reeking

Inside and Out...


Let me swim away.

Let the water cover

my eyes, my ears,

my sewn mouth.


Let me sink to the dark depths,

asleep.

The Properties of Dust

Hidden Valley Trail - Joshua Tree National Park, California - December ‎13, ‎2016 - www.aflitt.com/JoshuaTreeNP

The Properties of Dust was a small book I put together in 2005 for a desktop publishing class at Portland State University. Many of these pieces were written specifically for the book project, and the rest date back to as early as 1990. The pieces were accompanied by a photo or two in the original book, but, in most cases, I am using different, more recent, photos with this series of posts.


1.

The Well 

Moreh 

Orienteering 

Tides 

The Properties of Dust 


2.

Storm 

Oncology 

Upon the Ruin 

Golgotha 

Demolition 


3.

Watching a Woman From Across the Room 

Moonrise 

First Snow 

Antarctic Whispers 

Lines 

Sunrise at Hidden Valley - Joshua Tree National Park, California - December ‎14, ‎2016 - www.aflitt.com/JoshuaTreeNP

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