The green leaves washed in the light of the sun looked yellow; the tree stood in yellow-green silence as the wind tried to get a rise out of it. An unseen, shapeless, colorless cloud – I really haven’t seen the darn thing – passed in front of the sun as other dirty-white, partially-torn cotton balls (or sick vape clouds) moved briskly along the sky blue belt. They’re moving faster today than usual. The smell of brown-sugar coated ribs assaults me from the oven downstairs – just morty fore minutes before charring them on the grill. I begin to hear myself breathe, and suddenly, I’m enveloped in the sounds coming from the click-clack of my keyboard; my typing slows to try to reduce the noise, but the frustration of words passing me by urges me to sacrifice silence for more prose. The volume goes up, and the inspiration goes down. Coming face to face with the spectres of assumed creativity can prove to be quite a humbling task. It’s been a while since I’ve allowed myself free rain (simmer down, I know what I’ve down) over the downpour of literary attempts to create, to opine, to connect, to attribute, to illuminate, to narrate, to embody. 4/12 Kim paper #1 scrawled across a moving cloud reminds me that I’ve finished one of the milestones of this semester – I also need to wipe my window clean. A bird – probably – flies across my window. It could have been a bat. Or a bat. Or Badtz-Maru. Tippecanoe and Tyler, too. A smaller bird – seen this time – flies slower across my window headed in the same direction as the previous blurd (this seems the most genuine way to characterize the previous thing). I wonder where they’re all headed. Do they even know? Maybe it’s the annual meeting of birds in which birds of all feathers come together to resolve their differences in orderly, singsong manners. The crows and the sparrows would probably have much to reconcile. I yawn, and I feel somewhere behind my sternum, between my shoulders, right at the point of rising when drawing breath, go dry. Seventeen more minutes, and then it’s off to the ribs I go; my short, meandering, realistic, pointless, odd narrative is finally at its end as the bed calls for me to lay down and scroll until the ribs scream at me from their foil coffins.
A branch fell down today, carried off by
Or was it the weight of life
bearing downwards a moment too long,
breaking its ability to hold on?
It fell slowly but loudly whispered,
demanding my attention, and so I paid.
The leaves fluttered, excited
to meet the ground.
The grass! Their unknown, distant cousins embraced
some of them, yet some of them
were still born aloft by the natural way of
They had to wait their turn. Warmth found them all
as the sun shadowed them with light;
they wait until night to begin life anew.
The thoughts of the natural world are –
or aren’t they?
Perhaps I’ve been staring outside for too long.
Tonight is a good night for nostalgia,
so go to the lake.
The moon says hello from the surface,
you wave politely.
What memories shall we make tonight?
Perhaps the trees will light aflame
in remembrance of
three hundred forgotten stars.
Your sighs howl in branches
and wind up in your lap;
don’t forget to look
up – and see yourself always upwards.
Eyes put on colder lenses
as the night grows softer, fuzzier.
Warmth yearns for freedom
from weathered tombs.
You let go of the clinging in your eyes,
scattered free on moon beams.
So they walked on the moon,
forever forgetting home.
A crashing wave upon a stone,
centered beyond its usual home.
Alone, the wind guides waves
back to shore so they can tell a poem.
What legends must they tell?
What fable is so pressing?
Beyond the horizon is a
return that needs addressing.
Swiftly, Lord, You are coming;
with love, You’ve waited all these years.
The stones of Your creation
are crying out, stained with ocean tears.
Oceans deeper than our fathoms,
Forests fuller than our dreams
speak to Your imagination
Lord of Lords, and King of Kings.
Forgive us when we are
silent about Your glory.
Make us each a crying stone
that speaks, in part, Your story.
May Your fullness reigns in us,
bearing through us some new fruit;
May You deeply speak to us,
sharing with us Your whole truth.
Though the mountains may now stand,
they will fall when waves have finished
telling of Your ceaseless mercy and
glory no more diminished.
The lonely flowers roar between the trees,
as snowfall graces withered golden leaves.
Some clouds of white in royal sky do yawn
upon the song of dusk’s dear friend, the dawn.
The blades bend forth with every silent breath;
from green to grey – a gradual passing death.
A wind, a gust, a gale, a squall, a storm
does rob the land of all that might feel warm.
So, small pebbles arise with time to show
that nature guards itself against its foes.
And mountains gaze into the forest land,
content to know that they shall always stand.
The sun awakes from linear slumber now
to shine upon the ocean’s wavy brow.
The swell and fall of endless love between
the ocean and its heart, the shore, is seen.
As stars guffaw beyond the atmosphere,
the planets rotate freely without fear.
But comets fly around and try to feel
the gravity of their lifelong ordeal.
It is again the time to change,
to fly and leave this humble plane.
This lumpy body’s soft comfort
shall be exchanged for winged fame.
Attached below a branch’s shade,
the merry fellow curls halfway.
His head and limbs are useless now
and his old skin he does betray.
Once free of skin, he winds up tight,
he holds in close his inmost thoughts.
A shell around him slowly forms
that will bestow some polka dots.
And so he waits, and waits, and waits.
A pair of wings instead of feet!
But soon he finds, within that shell,
his metamorphosis complete.
To walk among the meadows
and not break out in hives.
To smell the trampled flower
and hope that it survives.
A wisp of cloud beyond the view,
grassy feathers specked with dew –
its name is just a life that thrives.
As sunbeams pour onto the Earth
and springtime has just given birth,
the heart is cheered by time.
Though clouds float on in silent mirth,
they shine with joy’s peerless worth
with wisdom just sublime.
A feather falls as if it flies –
the pull of gravity it flees.
The wind bears it upon its sighs
as the sun smiles on all it sees.