Quetzalcoatlgodof bright plumes and jewl'd scales!sireof the people of the fifth earth!lord of wind!maize giver!come now, in your mother's troubled sleep,come now, as your father awakes;your grandchildren are founderingand have lead themselves astray.return to us.we lay blossoms and jade at your pyre,oh divine Quetzalcoatl!as your soul crosses your father's face,return to us...
tanabatathough kept apartby the vast deep,two distant heartsone promise keep.by the vast deep,on sep'rate strands.one promise keep:together stand.on sep'rate strands'til blessed by moon;together stand,lovers commune.'til blessed by moon,two distant hearts;lovers commune,though kept apart.
opticsmy water may still,my mirror may be wiped clean,but my vision's still obscured.secure in this facti turn my face to the light,having faith it will guide me.
poets, mad men, and other prophetsto see, and so pray to be blind;to see and yet fail to describe.describing, praying to be mute;describing what all will refute.refuted, praying to be free;refuted but still damned to see.
mother's womblet us lose ourselvesin tethys' warm waters,in eden's ocean;let us shed our paws and furand return to our first home.
orthodox pagan's lamentpagan is derived from the latin "paganus", meaning a villager from a "pagus", or rural district. In a religious sense it came to refer to the rural adherence to the older pantheons and forms and places of worship after the christianization of the roman empire. In modern times "pagan" has gained a much broader, and undeservedly hedonistic, meaning. while worship of some of the "old gods" demand sacrifices and practices that fall well outside modern conventions of correctness, these judgments are made outside of the context in which these acts of worship occur. and, sadly, it seems more often it is the people calling themselves "pagan" that take this broader meaning.my altar,an old-time religion's,is not yours.change is not alwaysthe same as progress.
Haiku - 34are you the same oneevery night?evening fly***você é a mesmade todas as noites?mosca noturna
May 2010 Haikuthon30 Maytulip flamesblazein the corner of my room29 Mayclouds of candyflossin the skyand my sticky fingers28 Maya shadowfallson our summer days27 Maythe tree, dead;its house, rotting.25-26 MaySee note in artist's comments24 Maylittle fallen pompomsnever destinedto be conkers23 Maystonethrough rippled water:hazy moon22nd Maygamesoverlappingin the park -our sixstumps your batsman out.21st Maythunderthrough the ceilingsnoring housemate.20th Maysunlightwarm honeyon my skin19th Maythe midnight oilspluttersand dies18th Maydripping pen:pagepagepage17th Mayskybluer in the riverthan above16th Maysalt and mascarastainsher new dress.15th Maygap in the cloudswarmsa single sheep14th Maycompact dropped -a dozen pieces of luckon the floor13th Maypast three -we stumble,bleary-eyed,out of the libraryinto the fresh air.
2010 November Haikuthon28.the stars slip fingersbetween half-closed blindstwinkling me to sleep23.rosemary, peppermint,spearmint, basil -busy windowsill21.taps on window aretoo soft to be rain, they soundlike petals with apurpose with their insistentpelting, driven by the wind19.the apples still cling to their tree-15.black tea swims in rabbit mug14.snow drips away,green leaves still hide12.sunlight melts snowcrust on apples11.gar metron pratteiareten en bio, kaipsükhen agathen7.hot skin cementedcuddle away winter chill6.soft gusts of pine,cinnamon, clove,swim in my hair2.cloudless sky brings chillonce green leaves, turning1.on rooftoprusty apple -soon rotten
August Haiku Set1brief rainhot windgreen weeds2rain-eagle spreads her wingsover her nest3still morningno breeze to breakbranches bowed with fruit4raincloudsgive me enough timeto walk the dog5brightly colored bike racersa rainbow traildown the mountain6the rug is breathingits black clawsreaching for my feet9raining all dayshiny red mushroom10from my deskI watch the eaglecircling11baby clotheshow soon you will beoutgrownedit11baby clothesso soon outgrown12home from vacationtoo tired for grocery shoppingOreos for dinner?13kitchen kittensweeping upbits of broken bowl14trailheadthese aspensare carved with hearts15neighbor arrivesI thinkI need to vacuum16light rainsparrowssitting on the porch17morning gloriesa garlandon barbed wire18spray of mistas wet dogs run by19heavy with fruitstop and smellthe crabapple tree20reading a novel about divorceI don't want youout of my sight21circle of fluffbaby chickssnuggled together23sunlight br
May2010 Haikuthon31no rainjust shadowa cloud passes over30black shapesmysterious voiceshouse haunted by cats29beautiful motherall the credit goes to youand all the calories28grey cloudsnot enough breezeto ring the windchime27dreams of limpingwoke upunable to walk26soft rainhalf the sky stars25afternooncold windoff the mountains24garden partyone yellow irissurrounded by purple23two black catsin the suncharcoal and chocolate22overturned recycling binthe street sparklingwhite, brown and green21itchy eyes runny nosecottonwood blizzardblowing down my street20red roserain won't dampenour mood19signs of springslow downroad work ahead18a carrot, perhapsbut no touchingmy baby17paperwork mistakesnot pencil or coffee-another paper cut16mother's heartthe doctors saystrong enoughto carry heraround the world15moon bowlspilling pine needles14morning rainboots too wet to wear13ice forestshining facetson the trash can lid12wet snowmelting off
June Haiku30bury me please where poppies bloom29attacking conventionstirring up a hornet's nestsome things can't be helped28rhythmic crackingsomewhere unseenbatting practice27the cat nudges meas I make lunchtuna sandwiches26oscillating fanthe black cat chasesphantoms25withered plantsthe heat takes its toll24summer arriveswith a vengeance30 degrees23weekend tripwe are met at the doorby frowning cats223 am textmorning classcancelled21at pole's endbean plants reachskyward20at deer parkthe smell of manuresweet memories19deer wanderunder Buddha's smileancient capital18high abovethe oldest wooden structuretwo butterflies spar17plants destroyedthe cause discoveredcat vomit16watching mefrom the roadside fenceyoung crow15flittingamong the graveswhite butterfly14risingfrom the muckirises13looking at only leavesshe sees beans and squashfarm girl12obviously the neighborhas been out with her dogselevat
June 2011 Haikuthon30.cloudy morningmaybe it will rainI tell the staring kitten29.alone on the mountainan airplaneseems terribly loud28.who is following us?leaves crackling with each step-little bird collecting leaves27.under the umbrellaa kraut dogand an Onion26.one bright stara blinkI see the dipper25.all around the housemowed for fire abatementbut one bunch of poppies24.How long since I've been here?backlit poppiesfire in the sunset23.stray lock of hairwhen did you get so grey?22.halfway down the hillmy horse notices me comingand decides not to move21.river swift with snowmeltalmost touchingthe little bridge20.Monday morning rain-quiche flavors frommy friends' gardens19.paycheck in my pocket-across from the hiking trailnew houses being built18.horses watching the bushwhen I lookthe coyote retreats17.tempting cool breezethrough the windowas I sit at my desk16.not a hint of breeze-all horses are friendsin the single patch of shade15.in the shad
November Haikuwrimo30first hard freeze-new neighbors call"Is it always this cold?"29cinderblock wall-shadows of birds flybetween shadows of trees28cat watching catwatching cat stalkingbird27breath steaming-a cloud comingto cover the stars26frost on the windows-turning in the showertrying to keep every part warm25cats watching-I fill the birdfeederwhile the turkey cooks24woodsmoke-wrinkled cherriesblock the moon's corona23one snifflea hundred suggestions-echinacea, vitamin C22feverish overnightblankets on the floorand cold sweat21light snow falling-friends talk on20last night I dreamedmy husband was a princeprotecting me-this morning I complain of the coldand he walks the dog19wind in the pine-blessed silenceafter the grocery store18weatherman says sun-but the cloudsare creeping down the mountain17freezing rain-from inside the barnI think the horses look fine16snowy night-even the beach on TVfeels cold15fallen needlesdriftingwith snow14one
2010 may haikuthon-22-in the earthtwo silver trailswind aroundscatteredslug pellets-21-early evening moonpink-tipped daisiesclose their sleepy lashes-20-amid the still ivy birdsong bursting through-19-nodding headsbluebells under the shady green-18-scattered thoughtson the winddancing dandelion seeds-17-specks of brilliant blueflies feasting on faeces-16-uncoveringsomeone else's memoriespeeling wallpaper-15-playing cardsmy grandparentscheat together-14-morning -wood smokestill lingeringin my hairand in my heart-13-fingerssinking into earth -the beech's roots-12-mapped outacross the lawncontinents of daisies-11-collecting raindropsan upturned umbrellasits in the stream-10-settling downin fresh-laundered clothesdog hairs-9-bouncing through bluebellsa squirrel's tail-8-Indian battle cryechoing through the dellschildren at war-7-writing home...contrail kissesacross the sky-6-bloodyingthe parking lotshredded poppies-5-choral musicfloating t
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