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Wind Song

 

On the prairie
every day
without fail
the wind
whispers
sings
howls
wails
whispers
cries
speaks
demands
cajoles
seduces
embraces
lashes
vanishes
behind
the ridge
leaving
unspoken
words
mysteries
only
the aspen
fir
sage
decipher
while
my ears
heavy
deaf tone
try to
sift
no more
the wiser
yet
intuiting
such
ancient
wisdom
drinking
into
my heart
so
one
day
I may
drift off
into
a sudden
gust.

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After the VP Debate 2020

Lucky for us
two candidates
managed
to play
at debate
spouting
the usual
promises of
change,
too perfect deals
and
the typical
gobbledegook:
Early Halloween
costumed
up to the nines
in patriotism
empathy
apology
promising
the ever longer
list
of needed
un deliverable
desires
unabashedly
painted
in political
cliches:
phrases
dribbling off
the tongue
like so much
fluff.
Oh yes,
some vague
concessions
polite
side stepping
glances
askew
forced calm
smiles
tinged
with pomp
and
circumstance.

Words
come and go:
cheap
these days.
But in the end,
the only
real hero
was
the fly
on the wall.

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Sometimes
as I stare out
over the prairie
I feel the stillness
of time:
its passage
caught
frozen
in one
bending
long
dry
wheat
colored
stalk:
not long ago
this field
was green
with life
wildflowers
in every
color
bright
in morning light,
small
unseen
creatures
scurrying
filling
their bellies
with summer
abundance.
The sun
has parched
the earth
day by day
so now
only
the raven
glides
in
dimming light
his loud
brash
cawing
announcing
the turning
of the tide.
Time stops
for no one
not even
the mightiest:
for they shall
be the first
to fall.

Look no further
than
arms length
and know
this too shall pass.

 

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If I were to count
the times
I’ve rushed
into cold
night air
high
in the mountains
twisting
turning
craning
my tired
eyes
toward
your
beam
lifting
my arms
in dance
prayer
longing
as
your
golden red
halo
melds
into
the night sky
here
below you
we creatures
bow
fly
howl
run
freely
gifted
under
your
beaming
grace.

Pierce
me to the heart
I pray
hold me
gently
tonight
so
I may dream
yet
another day
waking
free
to
fly
over
the highest
ridge
until
you bloom
again.

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