not a pretty picture. not a good. not a bad. picture. but an argument.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Wednesday, March 28, 2012


it is not because it is pretty that i stop to notice it
it is because it is so painfully/beautifully temporary

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

existence, part iv

it is morning, (it is always morning except when it is not) the fog is heavy and we break out of the crust of shore, fracture ourselves from the particle of being and become.  outward we go unknowingly, knowing in our core only the pull of particle being through the long (if we are lucky) reverberating string that extends itself through our lifetime.  one day we will find the island and climb aboard, once again, that which is our home.

Monday, March 26, 2012

there is a crack in everything

that's how the light gets in (l. cohen)

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

how we break upon each other

will i always hear it in my ear?  her small voice broken:
 yes, mommy.  yes, mommy.  i'm sorry, mommy.

how we break upon each other.

she has gentled herself, surrendered.

(in truth:  lost.)

we are all losing.

 yes, mommy.  i'm sorry, mommy.

i'm sorry, too, dear.  the sorriest, sorriest, sorriest.

it goes out from me in waves.  i am only a pebble.

 yes, mommy.  i'm sorry, mommy.

i am sorry too, dear.

it is a cruel hard life.

(it doesn't have to be.)

Saturday, March 17, 2012


i remember his short white shirt sleeves 
as he walked out toward the field
how they left room for him
and how he occupied that space
or at least i think i do

Saturday, March 10, 2012

investigation of self vi: history

this is my mother upon highschool graduation.  who was she?  who is she now? 
how many countless layers are there to each of us?

just how is it that we exist through our history? and how does our history exist through us?

Friday, March 9, 2012

investigation of self v: the snare of self

who is trapped where and by what, or by whom?

Thursday, March 8, 2012

we are in the woods

we are in the woods and we have stopped, we have stopped our bodies, our bodies that had been working, had been moving through the deep snow, we are in the woods and we have stopped our bodies, our bodies with a story, they are friends of ours that we have brought together, introduced, but we are in the woods and have stopped our bodies;  at the base of trees we stare up and consider every inch of tree and every meter inside of every inch and just to the left of this and just to the right;  who knew all distance existed here? the trees imperceptibly moving at first, travelling across universes after a time in our eye, we are in the woods and we have stopped our bodies;  sound bends and curves and moves past shape and we leave our bodies to join it,  my soul rides like a hand the long bend of your swell, and your soul caresses like a tongue the inside of my arm, my throat, my stomach, the one i've just left behind;  how is it so? and yet this is how it is in the woods when we have stopped our bodies;

high up in the branches of the trees we nearly perch, but while we have stopped our bodies, our souls do not know how to stop;  almost, almost, and then beyond, we move forever outward and formless into light beyond, beyond, forever outward from the tops of trees.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

existence, part iii

i come here to be here
(do you understand?)
i wake up and long to touch the world
any small poem i write or words that i mumble
these are my fingers, my hands, my spirit reaching out
any photograph i take is an effort of my body to move closer
but distance is an illusion - i do not move any closer
(nor do i wake up any further away)
only the longing is not an illusion
only the longing is real

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Friday, March 2, 2012

bearing it

it is a beautiful life
that we must bear