Saturday, May 14, 2016

A Few Poems from our Meditation and Poetry Writing Group Meeting on May 7, 2016


Sleeping Geese


Canada geese are asleep on the river
under a warm October sun,
heads tucked under their wings,
neatly folded bodies bobbing gently
as they rest from a hard migration.
They left the blue north days ago
and soon will labor southward,
but today they are idling here.

The current urges them toward the falls,
yet each bird stays in place,
neither drifting downstream nor straining up.
Beneath the ruffling surface of the water,
shad and catfish swim
the green murk of the upper river.
Perhaps the moony globes of their eyes
see the pale yellow underside
of sunlight glinting on wavelets 

and black webbed feet
waving slowly back and forth,
the flock of geese sleepwalking together
to keep from slipping away.

by Sarah Doyle


V Day

Full Scorpio Moon
peaks at dawn

Ride in on that wave
mustn't PASSOVER

Even unleavened bread
kneads yeast

To RISE

by Terry Carter



Chilly Spring Morning at Massacre Overlook, Canyon de Chelly

Interest ran high on the ledge
tourists peer hesitantly down into the deep canyon.
            buzzards circle
                  circle
                  circle
Little ones write signs in red sand,
Mother’s hawk juniper bead necklaces
Young man by river weaves
                        dream catcher from reeds
Sun at ten casts long shadow from Spider women rock.

Hieroglyphs visable on red rock at impossible height,
club footed Kachina,snake, helicoil,
petroglyphs with power lines,spider webs
De Chelly, Chaco, Orabi, Gila Bend 

News there
           letter unopened, unnoticed,ignored, denied
           sold in a gift shop
Sun rises
sets
sets
rises
White horse stands midstream flanked by two burros 
drinking fresh dark water. 
Everything waiting.
Those who know are patient,
patient like massive red cliffs

Two German tourists squinting into the sun 
argue logistics of the slaughter at Massacre Rock,
muse on Kit Carson, admire their new cowboy boots and hats

A boy with dog, drifts off,
sits by grandfather,catching shade under a pinon tree,
not far from the careful gaze of mother’s third eye.





Jim Bauerlein
4.20.2016

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