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I drive into the dawn

in a pouring rain

glistening, glimmering, shimmering

silver sheets of water

drumming rhythms to the Pacific Northwest

raindrops, like diamond icicles

twinkle from a pale streetlight

bare twigs are a batik of patterns

the veins of the earth

against a bluish gray dawn

reluctant to awaken

 

Christ died to save sinners, the sign says

a dead tire on the road

may you rest in peace

a street called Phantom Lane - how cool

who lives on Phantom Lane? - nobody

 

the sky is a simmering cauldron of contrast

the pines are faint ghosts in the fog

mist hangs over treetops

like the puff of smoke from a cannon shot

barren trees are gray wolves

dire wolves

in a dead forest

the remaining leaves shudder from trees

like birds fluttering their feathers

flittering about

resisting the final descent

may you rest in peace as well

and the evergreen - veteran of many seasons

a wise elder proclaiming the continuity

of life

 

for a moment the sun comes out

and grass dazzles like diamonds

the hills are a carpet of contour

shining through the musty smell of autumn

flames fan out red from the forest

with brush fires of amber and gold

reaching up from the floor

orange embers smolder in volcanic rocks

yellow shrubs sit at the foot of evergreens

like Chihuahuas

wet leaves are fallen stars

in a tunnel of love

through the mountain pass

 

I see with new eyes

and collect images like seashells:

 

    migrating birds form pointillist patterns

    in the chalky distance

    an island of light floats across the sky

    I am surrounded by light

    luminous lily pads

    grasses wafting like wheat in the wind

    black pond in a golden prairie

    green and amber checkerboard fields

 

I drive into the dawn

and see with new eyes