alone in the dark
alone in the dark, waiting for the moon.
tonight, she leans in close
carefully parting the clouds, and says here,
hold this, I’ve brought you a small piece
of the sun as comfort against the night.
trust the light, she says, trust this moon
and these transcendent stars.
trust the return of the sun and the coming of dawn.
trust in the eventual dissolution of despair,
and the inevitable reawakening
of your own vast and radiant human heart.
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laughter and tears
we were once shiny, undented.
had baby after baby with limitless
perfect futures. we had answers, speed
and never enough time. we
were accelerating. last night
fall came to this mountain,
the face of the grey man
peering through the glass. this morning
we sit beneath a weakening sun
the leaves blowing about our feet
like so many small broken things.
your hand is warm in mine, and just so
am I blessed — so little survives
beyond laughter and tears.
the trees across the river
draw down their blood in silence,
brace themselves for winter.
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This Spring and early Summer, I’ve been struck by the richness of community, the simplicity. With heartfelt gratitude for family and friends…
let us come together
let us come together here
on the rocky spine of this world
let us suspend all judgment
of ourselves and of those
we would hold as friends
let us watch the shadows
of the clouds as they race
across this darkening land
let us hold this hour
in the companionable silence
of those collected here
let us ask for nothing more
than the warmth of these hands
than this breath
than the tender, fragile heart of this day
let us cherish one another
and in this,
let us be glad
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