No place for poetry

This is no place for poetry.
This is a solid land;
a place where mud lies thick
on well-worn boots.
Shirts are damp with sweat
and fists are clenched, brows heavy.
Work is done, real work.
We muckle down.
This is no place for poetry.

Leibchen ~ poem

This is it, mein leibchen.
This is the slow torture
of mornings without him.
This is the pale gleam of the sun
in frost-gripped skies:
the promise of what was once;
the promise of never-returning.

Listen to the crows, mein leibchen.
They know the land, know its sorrows,
know the dark contours of its past.

Golden fruits ~ poem

There are golden fruits upon my tree,
I feed the moths with their sweetness.
At night their tongues unfurl with ripeness,
their eyes transfixed by flickering light.
The darkness of plum against the white
of moon.
Succulence encased in polished skin.
Pierce it. Drive your being within.
Dive into the darkness and suck
the opulence of night.

Speech and power ~ poem

Speech and power
gave words to war.
Our silence makes us
powerless to move.
Our stillness steals the light
from children’s eyes,
and we sleep
upon burial mounds.

At moments like this…
a chance to shake the world out;
to give wings to words.
But I see you have given up
your quest for flight.
You say "we have flown to the moon
and back,
but still we cannot make peace
with ourselves."

I am uneasy in myself,
and find no peace in the distance
between my cluttered life and theirs.
Sparsity and loss.
Dust and dreams.
Clinging to existence.
The distance of denial
creeps between us,
and we lose voice.

Our outrage is empty.
Our numbness shatters lives and rips
a child from his mother’s arms.
But still we are absolved
by powerlessness.

This is a quiet moment.
Let’s be honest and admit
that we are powerful,
but numbed by comfort
and eager for approval,
we conform.