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July 7, 2014

Time Travel

I have been writing a great deal lately. Poetry, mostly. Some of it is good. Some of it is terrible. Some of it needs to brew for a while. Anton Chekhov, a successful writer, said these words that comfort my terrible poetry: “Only he is an emancipated thinker who is not afraid to write foolish things.” Hopefully what I have chosen to post is not of that material, however.
Only time will tell.

Time Travel
The far mountain line
peeks between
the balusters
of the heavily green forest
that descends gradually
down the mountain
to a field.
My hands remember
the feeling of this moss,
still clinging to the trunks
in a desperate embrace
that has eased
into habit.
My feet recall
the rooted ways
and small
stony rubble of the
path that curves
at the tree line.
I have loved these woods,
but oh,
the breaking through,
the pushing aside
of haphazardly slapping,
grasping limbs
and that final step
to western sky,
unfiltered sun
that beams in
and edges the trees
that climb the slopes
in a paler,
brighter green,
painting scales on the slopes
with its own trees
so the mountain
can remember it was once
a dragon,
and can swallow the
hollow metal wind machines
that ride its back
attempting to break
the mountain
by ripping out her tree hair
and trying very hard
to be still in
the her exhaling
gasp that ripples
through the field
at my
I watch those oats
in quiet ease
for they know peace,
want to know it

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