Orienteering

From The Properties of Dust

Fog on the Overlook Trail - Castle Crags State Park. Castella, California. December 7, 2010.- http://www.aflitt.com/california

Yesterday,

when I couldn’t even

barely talk,

I tried to explain


How ink holds to bond,

blue changes white,

flowers break stones…


Why my eyes fall

off of the pale sky,

landing on my muddy boots.


My arms ached after

carrying my son

as far as I could

up tangled animal tracks;


One day after the rain,

One day before the sun,

warmer, but still not dry…


And it was late,

so I failed to explain how


In winter, we breathe smoke

and squint in the candlelight,

laboring against the dark.


In Summer, we smell the flowers

and sit, halfway to the sky

on mountain tops.

Castle Crags, East - December 7, 2010. Castle Crags State Park. Castella, California. - http://www.aflitt.com/california

The Properties of Dust

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

Bedtime Prayer

4.

The Red Car

Something Lost

Slough

Home

After the War

5.

Lair

Love Poems

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