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The Portrait

My mother never forgave my fatherfor killing himself,especially at such an awkward timeand in a public park,that springwhen I was waiting to be born.She locked his namein her deepest cabinetand would not let him out,though I could hear him thumping.When I came down from the atticwith the pastel port...

Powers of Thirteen – 6 – Fancy-Pants

Your bright younger sister whom so many fancy toBe you was always getting in the way when your friendsWere about.  An “altogether inconvenient childWith an alarming memory” one of them said once.She would help you sometimes when a trick was to be played,A pompous visitor to be derid...

In a Dark Time

In a dark time, the eye begins to see,I meet my shadow in the deepening shade;I hear my echo in the echoing wood–A lord of nature weeping to a tree.I live between the heron and the wren,Beasts of the hill and serpents of the den. What’s madness but nobility of soulAt odds with circumstan...

The Windhover: To Christ Our Lord

I caught this morning morning’s minion, king-  dom of daylight’s dauphin, dapple-dawn-drawn Falcon, in his riding  Of the rolling level underneath him steady air, and stridingHigh there, how he rung upon the rein of a wimpling wingIn his ecstasy! then off, off forth on swing,&n...

Doubletake

Human beings suffer,they torture one another,they get hurt and get hard.No poem or play or songcan fully right a wronginflicted and endured. The innocent in gaolsbeat on their bars together.A hunger-striker’s fatherstands in the graveyard dumb.The police widow in veilsfaints at the funeral hom...

First Practice

After the doctor checked to seewe weren’t ruptured,the man with the short cigar took usunder the grade school,where we went in case of attackor storm, and saidhe was Clifford Hill, he wasa man who believed dogsate dogs, he had once killedfor his country, and ifthere were any girls presentfor t...

Five: Individuality

Individuality?is not of the substance of elements.It is an organism, indivisiblyoccupiedby elementary objects of a divergent character:if youwere to attempt division, these partswould die. Myself,for instance: an entire dramatic company. Enter an ancestor, prophetic;enter a hero, brutala rake, alcoh...

Break Out of the Box

It’s only a matter of moments before our time on earth is over. Ask “What is my Work?” Pay attention fiercely, compassionately, and playfully to the deeper patterns of your life.  Circle of Concern – Circle of Influence Of all the good suggestions in The 7 Habits of...

Dog’s Death

She must have been kicked unseen or brushed by a car.Too young to know much, she was beginning to learnTo use the newspapers spread on the kitchen floorAnd to win, wetting there, the words, “Good dog!               &nbs...