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One Day, I Wandered Away

I drifted off on a warm summer breeze

There were no good-byes or tears to cry

Like the turning of a page to a new chapter

A different place, a new life, a strange way of being

Above the roads and trees and lakes

Floating higher than the birds and planes

Gravity holds me down no longer

Pure spirit in the world beyond

Am I alive or light or energy

Am I you and me and all that is

All that could be

Every potential disaster

Every possibility of joy

I hear you speaking to my home

But I have gone away

I’ve grown

I’m the tree standing in the forest

I’m the placid calming lake

I am the tallest mountain

The fastest winding snake

You ask me if I heard you

That and one million sounds as well

The scraping of the seam against my shoulder

The sock against my ankle shouting

That fly around the ceiling light is buzzing

Light hits a dust mote like a drummer drumming

I know you

And your violent ways

I’ll come back when you are finished

And speak gently to each bruise

One day I’ll take my body with me

One day I wandered well away

One day I was through with you

You melted in the river

Dissolved into the sea

You’ll never cross my path again

On that day, I will be free

So long now, I’ve been free

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Fallen

I knew for a moment

The freedom of flight

Taking wing and soaring

Against the auburn sky

I knew for a moment

The safety of a place

Nestled in and comforting

Wrapped in quiet den

I knew for a moment

Where I belonged

Walking wooded trails

Loathe for the path to end

Autumn arrived and with the leaves

I drifted down from branches

To lie here on the damp November ground

Staring lonely at the sky now

Dreaming once again

Of flight

Sinking slowly into cold earth

Sinking coldly into dirt

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Saturday Evening Look Up

I searched heaven and hell

For your heart

Stepped along sandy beaches

Peered into the waves and foam

Gazed into fading sun and firelight

Listened for the beat of you

When tides came in

Heard your song upon the gentle breeze

Maybe I am flying now

Following this trail

Of clouds

Maybe I am standing still

Losing all my petals

About to go to seed

While the world turns carelessly

The rain pours down senselessly

While your song wavers among stars and dirt

Unable or unwilling

To come home

I am unable or unwilling

To come home

All that remains is the search

For heart and home

And a song that changes

But never ends

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Wild Dreaming

We gallop across clouded fields

In the sky running for the stars

Our manes are flags flying colors bold

We leap across glowing nebulous pools

Racing onward

We are flight and fury

Born to run and not to fight

Unless cornered

So we stay open

Centered

Watchful as we shift our weight

When we graze

Secure in the group

Sharing the responsibility

Of safety

When the wolves leap from the bush

We spring away headlong

We were coiled for just this moment

We prey

We are gone like mist and smoke

Disappearing into depths of shadows and woods

We thunder

The wolves howl

The moon catches us all

In her quiet regard

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Memory of Today

Each moment I hold on to light

Letting go and holding tight

Packing memories of today

With open wings for flight

I can’t lift off the ground

With all the ballast that I found

Cutting loose

Cutting loose

I let the moments pass me by

The memories fading as they form

Shapes in clouds and then they’re gone

What sweet impression had you left

Cut by cruelty I wept

A freedom only sought by daydreams

Ephemeral bargains never kept

One more tie to loosen

Ruffled feathers smoothed

The sky is always waiting

Always wanting me to choose

I soar above it all

Pain and love and strife

I look down to watch you

In the distance

Standing by the rope that’s cut

I watch you sheath your knife

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Shedding

To be dragged loose

Falling finitely

Clutched tightly by gravity

Graveness

Graven

In stark relief

Colors beginning to fade

Testament to a vibrant life

Outlined and defined

By every passing opinion

Until it is shed

The thoughts slipping away

Beliefs untangled

Definitions unknotted

An ongoing undoing

Stomping a new beat on a hard earth

Vibrations coming into play

Lower and higher

Searching for depth among the heavens

Constellations of meaning

In pinpoints of light

I see you there

Your light flickering in the dark

A divine dance to an amorphous rhythm

We shed

We shed

We shed

And when we let go

The Cosmos sighs in satisfaction

Be fully

To fully be in space

In time

Every day

Every moment

Spreading wings to fly

Free from the earth

And soar joyfully

Released

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I Swallowed the Sky – 12/3/2020

Lying in the grass

Watching clouds float above me

The humming of the bees, and bugs

Were toning among the flowers

While dreaming shapes were wound

Up in the air, I wished to fly

But it was not to be

There were no wings for flight

I could not remember how to launch

Gravity clenched me close to earth

Gravity cinched me anchored to the earth

And so my eyes were widened drenched

In fancies of dust and mist

Until I swallowed every shape, and

Every curve

And every wish

There dragons, fish, and dolphins

I ate them up with sight

Faces of the mermaids, and the trolls

I lie there in the grass until I started getting cold

I lie there in the grass until I started getting old

I lie there in the grass and now I’ve turned to stone

When you pass me on your journey

Lay your hand upon my seams

Those cracks and divots peeling are where

The early morning steam

Releases each and every wish I ate

Releasing every dream

Don’t linger long within my meadow

Touch me swiftly

Move along

The gravity is strong here

The weight of all that’s wrong here

Caught between the dreams and earth

Caught between the earth and dreams