#13. On Winter’s Shoreline. (for my mom

September 9, 2009

On winter’s shoreline

between rocks wet
with color and the distant sound
of children sledding
on plastic bags
I smell low tide
barnacle glue.

Sit with my back to the obvious
view of sight and sound.

Eye twists
and gulls become ancient
clipper ships caught between home
harbor and an empty bi-valve
destined to become sand
on this beach.

How the colors fade with drying
how I dry with years flying.

Melancholy driftwood and the ice
down by the pond.
Tears are worth more than failures
certainly more than small victories.

The bright geometry
of a winter day is useless
without the guilt
of playing hooky from a thousand and two
lists of chores.

Step across through the day
across virgin snow fields past
the house warm chimney smoke showing
flowers are only imagination today
but how lovely they look there.

Dark green rhododendrons smell june-like in january’s thaw.

One Response to “#13. On Winter’s Shoreline. (for my mom”

  1. “barnacle glue”
    ha!

    “and gulls become ancient
    clipper ships caught between home
    harbor and an empty bi-valve”
    this is lovely

    “Tears are worth more than failures”
    so true


    The bright geometry
    of a winter day is useless
    without the guilt
    of playing hooky from a thousand and two
    lists of chores.”
    this is my favorite…

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