Blue Home

Every night the sea is something new.

Sometimes it is lavishly empty,

finding its own light within 

and other nights

the moon cracks open on a sheet of indigo

—water and sky are one—

ebony and raging snow,

love and loneliness

 

and that plastic bottle

 

and an ocean more somewhere

choking what is left of our indigo dreams.

 

Every day the forest is born 

and when I am here I have everything I need:

its lungs breathe for me, 

its beauty blazes inside me like

the end of days,

but joy is not quite here yet, just

peering through the black eyes of

the tangled path.

 

All these thoughts of endings.

 

Around the world 

these living meditations,

these wooden poems,

these temples

are condemned like medieval heretics,

consumed in greater agony than the

red hunger of a swollen eastern sky

without an audience.

 

I don't know when I began to miss

the luxury of not knowing

and always feeling that I

was home,

I only know that we killed

our mother while she was still

teaching us about the strange galaxies

inside each handful of soil and the

sorcery of acorns and mornings dripping pine

and mossy happiness that kiss us into

awareness when nothing else could make

us want another day.

 

She lived a fierce and beautiful life:

tyranny and majesty,

an old soul and an infant,

 

and broke off every piece of herself

to the looting wolves inside us

 

and here we are wondering why the 

sky is screaming

while she bleeds ice and fire

and we realize we may never leave

this shiny new carnival-world

where we may never again fly without wings

upon the scent of glassy mornings

or float away on oceans that dream

uninterrupted by fragments of our 

plastic lives

 

or see the stars as they truly are

 

or drink or breathe

without questioning

 

or simply feel that we have everything we need.

 

Now who will feed us the wild, leafy air?

Who will sing us to life 

when the doe-eyed forest

fails to speak?

 

Patricia Joan Jones

 

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Starward's picture

This reminds me of the

This reminds me of the bucolic poems of Vergil and Theocritus.  In the hands of lesser poets, such poems are usually botched; but in words composed by a Poet of your accomplishment and quality, such a poem---this one specifically---literally pulsates with the presence of Nature.  I think the French phrase is Tour de Force:  some poets achieve it rarely, but you write as if you had invented the very concept.  Again and again, you show us how Poetry is and was meant to work.


Starward

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I'm overwhelmed with

I'm overwhelmed with gratitude for your understanding and appreciation of my treatment of this enormous issue. Again and again: thank you! 

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eye opening and beautiful

eye opening and beautiful imagery

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Thank you so much. I value

Thank you so much. I value your opinion. 

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you`re welcome

you`re welcome

Cascade's picture

Even knowing this may make me

Even knowing this may make me sound...rediculous, maybe, I assure you, I am not exaggerating when I tell you this made me cry. And you deserve to know how deeply your words touched me

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Wow. That means everything to

Wow. That means everything to me. You reminded me why I keep writing even though life puts up so many roadblocks to inspiration. Thank you also for motivating me to put together a book, which does seem like a daunting task with everything going on in my life, but you have made see as a possibility. I can't thank you enough. Now I have to get back to your site to see what new treasures you have sparkling there . . .

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Very beautiful.

Stephen

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Thank you for your kind

Thank you for your kind comment.