Winter Tree

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The winter tree
does not move.

Its wide trunk
plunges into graven earth,
unseen roots, grasping hands
feel deeply the living soil,
hold firm anchorage
against the coming storm,

but rising wood, thin
though strong enough
to paint slender lines,
trails into purer air,
gives shelter
to Christmas birds.

They hunch on stems, quietly
waiting to sing open
the dawn.

(12/23/2011)

Atonement

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“There must be a time when the man of prayer goes to pray as if it were the first time in his life he had every prayed.” Thomas Merton

Grey mist
rises and falls
enfolding parched hills
easing autumn’s harsh pain

saturating the spreading valley
with gathering rain
and mercy.

(1 Oct. 2012)

The World is a Sacred Vessel

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“The world is a sacred vessel . . .” Thomas Merton

blue vessel
in black vacuum

miracle world
encircling
thrall of this perfect star

sacred vessel,
His living cup
to beloved proffered,

wedding gift
beyond measure.

(3 May 2012)

Evening Star Rising

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Evening star rising

into day’s fading sky,

alone, serene,

and wondrously bright,

surpassing dark hills

to cerulean night.

(7 May 2012)

At the Bird-feeder

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Rushing, pushing
the sparrows shove;

pulsing wings
beating the air,
all for a bounty
of unexpected feed!

When drops two doves.

Wings folded,
they plaintively call;

the seed of plenty
gently falls.

(9 May 2015)

Aubade: Mourning-Dove

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cheery tree and birds

Dawn fires
the cold roses
one-
at-
a-time,
when, with
planetary urge,
all explode into
vermillion
conflagration.

Then the cherry tree,
plain in
drab leaf,
erupts into
emerald
glory,

and high
from the bright rooftop
the mourning-dove
sings
her  low,plaintive

song of
summer.

(14 June 2014)

Suisun Creek

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Suisun Creek
flows
through
riparian forests.

Hungry trout ,
liquid lightning, flash
as stonefly nymphs dart past
brooding periwinkle,
blackberry groves

exquisitely
twisting.

(25 July 2011)