The quietest breeze

“How strange a thing is death, bringing to his knees, bringing to his antlers
The buck in the snow.”

~Edna St. Vincent Millay

The quietest breeze
was caressing my face,
trying to lovingly erase
sudden tears from my warm,
sodden skin.

His voice was echoing
your words into the wind.

The wounded buck,
dead seventy-plus years
in winters snow,
overlay the idyllic green pasture;
his blood stained my sight.

Your words were shattering
my heart on the hill.

There was a breach in time
surrounding the hemlocks,
and grey rain clouds carried me
back into your world
with my own fractured pain.

I was walking through poetry
into your vision.

Too soon the skies opened,
and the waking dream
was broken
by the mists of rain falling
and the knowledge of the hour.

And your words will ever find me
haunting your gardens at twilight.


Written after visiting Steepletop, the final home of Edna St. Vincent Millay.




In Between




“The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you. Don’t go back to sleep.”
― Rumi



between the shadow of night
and the light of dawn,
exists a place of
A doorway
into the beginning,
and a path
into the end,

A bird sings just as sweetly
at the sun’s coming
as it does
at the twilight of the day.
They are the gate-keepers
of the in between.
A harbinger of
the moment in balance.

Sit quietly
in that moment,
or walk the pathway
into the fading light.
Let bird-song
and shadows
take your awareness
to the places
that are most tender
in your heart,
and pour light
into your wounds.

Here, live the countries
of your imagination.
No longer a fairy tale
but a true place of knowing.
Your heart space,
a dimension in itself,
is present where the
azure shadow
meets the
golden light.