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Autumn Wind in the Cracks  ( 1994)  self published
 
 
 
 
 

empty parking lot

some wind collects and swirls

leaves into a shape

 

 

 

alone in the waiting room

checking the plant

for reality

 

 

 

 

 

in early morning rain

I return

a stranger’s solemn nod

 

 

 

everyday she waits

at the bus stop;

just to wait

 

 

 

rusted tracks

beside the freeway A man

with a burlap sack

 

 

 

under the pine tree

that he chose rain

at his grave

 

 

 

my father’s winter

coats still hang

in the closet

 

 

 

with friends

I open the fortune cookie

without a fortune

 

 

taking off my clothes

my heart

closer...

 

 

 

in another country

from a flatcar

the Milky Way

 

 

 

free spirits...

a year later

they return

 

 

 

sidewalk sale-

wind twists a lifetime

guarantee tag

 

 

 

x-ray room

they remove

her crucifix

 

 

 

myself

monopolizes

me

 

 

morning zazen

marriage counseling

ourselves

 

 

 

train receding

its wake in the grasses

still waving...

 

 

 

end to end

three Ramblers take part

in the overgrown field

 

 

 

farm auction-

fields filled with asters

and goldenrod

 

 

 

cold autumn wind

in all the cracks

eyes of barn cats

 

 

 

the tree that rubbed

the house noisily

burns in the fireplace

 

 

autumn moonlight

folded in

the clothes on the floor

 

 

 

meeting her boyfriend

our handshake

out of synch

 

 

 

sneaking M & M’s...

the crunching

in my ears

 

 

 

wanting my old life

when I wanted

my present life

 

 

 

cream in my coffee...

visiting from the next booth

a curious cockroach

 

 

 

 

 

asleep

in my lap the new kitten

I didn’t want

 

 

 

the hypnotist

describes her technique

sound of the stream

 

 

 

downpour-

a duck waddles away

from the pond

 

 

 

after the party

undressing

myself

 

 

 

early morning fog-

in the cereal bowl

the spoon clinks

 

 

 

in the prayer bowl

the silence

of dust

 

 

daybreak frost-

the sound of leaves falling

through leaves

 

 

 

calling

for the lost cat...

wind chimes

 

 

 

mountaintop:

giving back

each breath

 

 

 

the way

rain takes

the mountain

 

 

 

after zazen

the ride home

without the radio

 

 

 

 

 

 

one tree

one bird, one song

the dusk

 

 

 

sunrise frost-

under the maple one night’s scatter

of leaves

 

 

 

 

 

 

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