Monday, July 25, 2011

The Distance Between

Trying to forget about time.
That seconds
bleed into minutes,
into hours.
That somewhere, on a line,
there is a point
waiting for me.
This moment should exist,
pure and unencumbered
by mounds of ticks
or blankets of tocks.
Yet my ability to exist,
here and now
fails me,
as does the sun
as it rises higher,
robbing me of
my moment in amber.
So I curse,
brew coffee
and start the day,
lest it start without me.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

The Water Clock

and flows
and fills
which over/
and flow
and fill flasks,
then bulbs
as the rhythm of time
moves forward,
relentlessly forward
until it is full.
Then it drains
and begins to fill
itself again.

* The water clock in this piece is from the Children's Museum in Indianapolis. We had a very nice visit.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The Next Sound You Hear

The pack of runners
hustle past with the sound of
athletic shoes on gravel
and snippets of conversation.
On another day
I would join them
but today, it feels like an invasion
by those whose measure distance
in miles
while I measure distance
in the time between ridges
on the bark
of a one hundred year-old oak.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Redefined Oasis

radiates from progress.
Blacktop and concrete,
redefined oasis,
melting my resolve.
Feet ache as they melt
and meld,
ceasing to be a part of me
but becoming a part of it.
Wishing for rain
but knowing it brings
only brief salvation
as the dial changes
from bake
to poach
and nasty.

* In response to Three Word Wednesday

Friday, July 1, 2011

How Many Petals Fall Before it’s not a Flower

One last call.
One last obligation it seems
and with no answer
we head out,
down the highway.
Travelling, at first,
the same way we travelled
on our last trip - toward Detroit
and Comerica Park.
But we veer off,
toward Ohio. Toledo
and beyond.
And it seems
that we buried our family.
First Mom, then Dad, now you,
my brother.
Now it’s me
and our sisters
but the glue is in the ground
and I know that the final pages
of the family album
will flutter free on the wind.
Never filled.