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Poem – Escape Within Cartoons

Snow begins to cover the empty field
as the trees hold up the graying sky.

I want to bury my head into
the snow and mud,

I want to find a way into
the earth,

while I do not understand where
this world is going and the heavy thoughts,

and when I lift my head
I am living in a cartoon

where the scenesare surreal
and at the end we can erase

our actions and past
and start over.

Poem – Across the Salted Plains

Across the salted plains
We watch the sun fall
The moon rise
The machines sleep.

In dreams spaced by 100 years
I see you on the highest peak
Of the homeland we once
Ruled together.

I woke in the snow blanketed forest
Facing the morning sky.

Tenants of dreams fill each fiber and neuron,
I can only piece together that I was not made for this world.

I lost direction when the void
Overtook my body and my mind
Accelerating through space
Toward unexplored, unknown, and untouched worlds.

Where is our home now?

Above photo from: Nancy Chuang

Poem – When the Snow Becomes Each Soul

Snow falling across the empty fields
we watch from behind the trees.

The white winter sky falls into
the fields and we are weightless.

Letting go of each branch
we fall into the sky.

Over time we fall back
into the fields.

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Poem – Night Becomes the Day

The empty fields
will breath darkness
until giving way
to the increasing light.

What today is hidden in shadows
will slowly be revealed.

What will you see when
the night becomes the day?

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Poem – Empty

With an empty mind
free of obstructions
we can see and hear everything.

Each leaf in the tree canopy –
each breath across the sea –
each grain of sand.

Walking across the empty field
we hear each foot step
and see the wolf before it sees us.

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Poem – Apathy

With an apathetic look in tired eyes
he turned away from the edge,
hundreds of feet above the turbulent
waters, and walked toward the forest,

across the empty road absent
of any traffic since the morning,
into the cultivated fields, curiously empty,
and sat next to the stone marker and finally wept.

Poem – Fragments from Absentia 19

(1)

In this dream I watched
your silhouette dress.

Sounds of the streets below
carried by the autumn wind.

We had a place to be
but I do not remember where.

I caught a glance of your eyes
in the mirror and the soft blue

with a hint of smile told
me this was not real.

(2)

I wandered the streets
of mirrors for days
and weeks searching for the
one last person I knew.

(3)

I stood at the corner
beneath buildings of
concrete and glass.

Rain fell everywhere but
upon me and I walked

dry and untouched down
empty streets and empty lives.

(4)

I stood at the corner
and waited for the last bus.

Its doors opened but no one exited.
I boarded and there was no driver.

The inside was dark and wet.
I stumbled around trying to

find anything and after
hours of a fruitless search

I sat down and fell asleep
while the bus left the station.


Downtown Streets, by Twisted Root Studios – http://www.twistedrootstudios.com

Downtown Streets

Downtown Streets, by Twisted Root Studios – http://www.twistedrootstudios.com

Poem – Beyond These Eyes

Past physical limits.

Out of fingertips reach.

With eyes closed the

world opens unto

itself, consumes itself

until the ground beneath

feet is gone and we stand

in the vast emptiness

the space, black with eyes

open, yet filled with light

when closed and walk upon

vibrating building blocks

toward the middle.

Eucledian Space Grid

Eucledian Space Grid

Poem – Daily Observations from Lutsen, MN

Daily observations from Lutsen, MN


#1
Rocky shoreline, we walked
with Leroy following closely
behind, grows when the sun
sets and the superior water
becomes frozen and black.

#2
Across the blackness there
is space, inhabited,
desolate, empty – except
today when I see each
stone and each snowflake.

#3
Starlight from galaxies
is ancient, yet strong, flickers
across black ice, across
my child’s eye.

#4
Away from the city we
revel in stars and constellations
we only see in textbooks and
through other’s eyes.

Poem – The Sea and the Empty Field

Empty Field

Empty Field


I awake to a sun
touching each empty element
and empty seed, vessels
like stem cells
will sprout into anything.

I think of a willow tree
providing shade and shelter
and one emerges.

I sit beneath the spindly limbs
and I remember two ships anchored
at sea, braced against the November Gales
their bellies empty.

Eight and twelve foot waves
crash on steel, we fall
asleep to fog horns and distant
cold yellow pulsating lights.

I am thirsty for knowledge
the quest for intangible objects
the desire for an understanding of
the world I walk within.

I travel inward, through light
through dark, through nothing.

I awake back in the field empty
when my mind is blank pushing inward.

and I know it is empty when I have no thought
and I notice my hands are bound.

Holding an object heavy and dense
not smooth or glassy like fractures.

I am beneath the willow tree
holding my mind or some
physical projection of its
purpose in my skull.

and I have become free of thought
free of negativity, free of me and
the me attracting unnecessary energy,
driven by inherent intent.

and I walk away from the tree
toward the sunless horizon
step out from under the next levels
shadow and emerge on the other side.