Sunday, September 30, 2012

99% gibbous haiku

Round moon in near pines
as smooth a face as water
washing clean your cheeks

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Rainbow House

...Two writing workshops, a retreat in a multi-colored cabin in Big Sur California, and the book The Artist's Way, and this is all I have come up with:

Rainbow House: 

I cannot name for you all the colors I see,

because Mauve
is next to sage
in a velvet pillow
by uncounted bottoms
the Great "Om".

because asparagus green
is covering rough planks
under-painted by a sky-blue
and bleached
by sun and wind and bare feet and hands
in yoga poses
like "downward dog"

because the shadows hold
molded corners
trimmed with lavender
next to seafoam catching
sunrise beams
at just the right angle
under a cloudless

because the water
in the bathtub
is shining across the splashes
of Monet's, Margaret Lofton's,
Don Louis Harrington's
paintings extending

because the orange I loathed
is re-birthed at every turn
in cantaloupe duvets covering
hot pink sheets
raspberry pillows and turquoise

because a door is a window
and a cabinet is a pie cellar
and a window is a ship's hull
and a north wall is a mirror
multiplying the colors
in a corner

because lamps
are gossamer balls
and ceilings are parasols
and corners are 4+2, or 4+4 or
4 plus

because the paint on the wood
is a palate,
in progress
of never the same two colors
over never the same two adjoining
surfaces distinct only
in connection to
the rainbows
in light.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

rewrite: Spring Fever's Touch

Sonnet to Wrists (1)

Some might say they wear a heart on their sleeve,

others blush a facial rush so red they bleed.

Others' secretive heat of embers rise

from an ancient hearth, deep within birth’s bed.

They burn an inward brand, through met eyes

to hands withheld beyond cuff’s end.

As collared dog will snarl, chained and hackled,

so damned pulses surge to hands and pretend

in tingling wrists bound tightly by shackles,

unsurfaced, unread, unheard, unopened.

How does one release passion’s hidden lock?

It requires no key, nor combination.

Thine own hand’s end unties the binding knot

by mere touch at hand’s origination. 

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Spring Fever's Touch

For when the heat of embers rise
secretive beneath birth's bed
or burn inward through met eyes
to hands withheld beyond cuff's end

Just as a collared dog may snarl, toothful and hackled,
emotion's pulses surge to hands upended
as same as bound by shackles
unsurfaced, unread, unheard, unopened.

To release passion's simple lock
requires no key nor combination
for hand's end unties the knot
by mere touch at hand's origination.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

The clouds before the ground

The sun warmed the clouds before the ground.
Inside the diner, the air preserved the
food from the kitchen to the table.
The garlic in the food was spicy on
two plates, one paper, one china.
The calling of the children and
the workers clattered our teeth.
But the sun outside warmed the
clouds before the ground.
Our feet were crossing roads but
words moved us forward.
The houses passed us by but
our lives unfolded.
The sun melted the chocolate in
your eyes for a moment.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Sunday 160: Alexithymic

Alexithymic I vacate a vacuum of vocable volumes. Verily a void of values is in view. Viable visions all too few, very vile vapid vicissitudes are vulcanized.  

This is a Sunday 160, a short story in 160 characters, spaces included. If you can make 160, post on Sunday and tell myself, and our host with the most, Monkey Man">HERE
Ha! have a happy week, I'll catch my muse one of these days......
In the meantime, please send me yours!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Assessing a life

Nursing assessment: 
female, " Ms. Doe"
caucasian, (white... with blue ink tatoos).

Age, unknown
over 50 under 80
(1-9-6-0 on her lifeline palm!)

Breaths 20, shallow, uneven
rise on her chest (with names:
"Jules Graham Alden"?)

Heartbeat 100, rapid pulses
and faint (beneath inked 
tiny poppy wristlets).

Abdomen, soft, rebounding,
normal sounding,
(at her navel, a Celtic knot surrounding).

Skin intact, free of bedsores
on heels, hips, elbows
(hosting animals in scores:

hummingbirds behind her arms
around her heels, talons like thorns
tortoise-shell across her sacrum forms).

Strong pedal pulses (revealing anklets,
written with lore of Pacific Crest, 
John Muir, and Yukon footsteps).

..............diagnosis: "dementia, Julie G. Alden, family unknown".

What would Dostoevsky say?

What Color, Grass?

What color is

Through opalescent
filtered light
not the same
as tonight.

See, I rise:
earth hits the skies
azure stone
settles my eyes.

leaking laser-
cut crystalline
star flashes.

What shades of
grass emerge?
rough edges
erased to shine.

On the cusp
of its zenith
the sun sucks
and grey-washes.

Mutating marbled
erasing away
receded rolling
Green Granite Grey

"There is no subject so old that something new cannot be said about it," Fyodor Dostoevsky.
(Although it was forbidden by his parents, Dostoyevsky liked to wander out to the garden of the hospital where his father worked with the poor. The patients sat in the garden to catch a glimpse of the sun. The young Dostoyevsky spent time with these patients and listened to their stories.)  I'm off to work, hospital, hand therapy, with stories to listen to......

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Ten aren't enough

stop, Stop! Stop the pain!
"Ten fingers and toes",
sigh, watch as he grows.

stop, Stop! Stop the truck!
He hit the lamp post,
for he didn't look back.

stop, Stop! Stop the driver!
He's gone in the twilight
and forgotten his headlights.

stop, Stop! Stop the trip!
He's left home
without his phone.

stop, Stop! Stop for gas!
The tank was low
and he had no cash.

Even if stopped, silent, and still,
our son at the wheel
gives me the chills.

(True story, just because we can count 10 fingers and toes at birth, doesn't mean he'll keep them!)

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Woman of the vine to Gilgamesh:

As for you, Gilgamesh, let your belly be full,
make merry day and night. 
Of each day make a feast of rejoicing,
Day and night dance and play!
Let your garments be sparkling fresh,
your hair be washed, bathe in water.
Pay heed to the child holding your hand,
Let your spouse delight in your embrace.
(...for death is the fate of man.)

This the advice from the Epic of Gilgamesh, as the king searched for immortality and mourned the loss of his beloved brother and companion. Written on clay tablets 2000 years BC in Mesopotamia.  Have we learned it yet?

Thursday, January 19, 2012

My poetry reading nights

Where you read from an unfolded square,
drawn as a handkerchief
to catch my tears
and blow my nose.

Where you whisper
prayers to the gods of life
and rattle charms of beaded and feathered gourds
against the chains of death,

Where your hands press open the pages
awarded satin ribbon markers,
the corners creased
by fingers licked with a chocolate tongue,

Where men chant
as softly as the mother 
who closes her eyes to sing
to an infant in the dark,

Where women bare the shame of 
irregular butts and bloody panties,
and where I have to imagine you 
in your wrinkled and sweaty underwear

just to have the courage to enter here…..

Where a slap in the face
might as well be on my upended newborn butt
and I still find the courage to see you
in your wrinkled underwear,  

just to read to you,   here,   tonight….                                         1-19-2012   DGG 

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Lowest winter
sun rose
warming inner
window pane