Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Ring Around the Moon

Written in honor of my dear friend, Subadra, and my dear friend and sister, Sumati. Dedicated to you and our moment spent philosophizing under the stars.

Ring Around the Moon

In the brisk cold
I stand—
held to earth by gravity
infinitesimally small
beneath the starry sky.

There’s a ring around the moon.
—An opaque circle
of pale clouds,
the white moon
at it’s epicenter.

This iris of the sky
stares into me,
sees facets
unexpressed—
a quiet rumbling undertow
in the ocean of my mind.

Parts not seen, but felt—
like shadows beneath the waves,
like that silhouette of night-dark clouds
against the open sky.

Hints of who I am
lurk
beneath my outer shell—
a silent self
only the moon's eye perceives.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Juniper, Alder & Elm

Juniper, Alder, & Elm

Mine enemies have arrived
cloaked in the guise of friends.

Reigning Gods
of the natural world.
with swaying words
and the promise of all things
good and youthful--
they steal me
from myself.

In bitter solitude,
I await their slow decline.

Long months,
till their inevitable deaths
give me my life back again.