hawk feather

18 Oct

from the treetops

it rustles

light at first

almost a sudden

void of any sound

at all

then the trembling

underfoot begins

the sinking tilt-a-whirl

unreal

that

blots out

the sun

there dark things

do howl

there the memories

have the hungriest

mouths

there is familiar

worn smooth

slick with

grief

pine cone friend

11 Oct

if you unfurl it

smooth the softness

down

arrange each

treasure across it

slowly

if you reach in and

pull out planets

reach down and

plant supernovas

that bloom without

warning

small at first

until they spiral beyond

sound

past even death

if you run your

razor along the edge

just maybe

you will get a

hello

from the last twelve moons

11 Oct

underwater again

pressing all the flowers

i stole

into all the books

i wrote

cutting all my hair to the

scalp

binding up every book

with the fistfuls shorn

locks

underwater in the

quiet satin darkness

threading strands of

yesterday singing

inside a single

bubble of breath

sewing that into

a sharp orange coral

key

soul fireflies

holding hands

holding down

letting

go

fine lines ahead

8 Oct

the sun is

sick

all swollen and feverish

inside her slick

shroud

the sky a once

blue veil

the sun is sick and

the people are

clawing up

the earth is

already

dead so

dance anyway

call ancestors anyway

swallow love in gulps

sing as if your

last breath is

counting on it

anyway

five bees

8 Oct

when i said i know how

to swim in poison

water

i didn’t tell you

about the creatures

that survive those

dark oily waves

gasp onto shore

only to find

a hemlock hell

i didn’t tell you

how the water only

made their souls

glow phosphor

and the pinwheel

hemlock high

only served to make

their hearts serve

the world

that there are no

limits

now

electric eels

30 Sep

i was startled awake

while it was still dark

thought i was homeless

again didn’t recognize

my surroundings again

misremembered timelines

then began the scared rabbit

heartbeat

rickety rickety rickety

roller coaster

sick feeling

i always choose to

ride

to push myself

to impossible heights

shock my heart with

the very stars

free fall to earth

land in my home

body curled against

the edge of the bed

still humming

the word

hush

long whistle

26 Sep

equinox and i

want to tell you

about how i

just discovered the rings of

a tree each taste

sweeter as they get

closer to the heart

but first i

want to ask you

do you know

you are

dead

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