beyond the city lights…

beyond the city lights

places
hidden places
places
without names
or
ways to return to
where
the smell of spring
lingers
in uncut grass
and
meadow flowers
where breathing
was
easy
and
footsteps
fell silent
on dirt roads
sounds
heard
small birds
and
a choir
in an old
country church
hymns
from voices
that
have long passed away
to
other places
also
hidden

spring #15…

i
with the originality
of
all preschool youths
call
my irish setter
red
red
one spring day
chased
me up
one
of
the farm’s
fence post
and
kept me there
that’s
when
i saw
the snake
guess red
knew
a pup
when he saw one
next
spring
we moved to city
one day
when
i was home alone
while
mom
went a couple of doors down
to visit
my aunt
red
bit someone
trying to enter the house
mom
said
she had to
put red
to sleep
i learned
two things
i don’t like cities
and
not all snakes
are
in
the country

 

spring #14…

a spring sunday
church youth choir
singing
at
a country church
wind dancing
though
the tall grass
along
a dirt road
smells of spring
and
birds’ voices
fill the air
it would appear
the best
songs
of
praise
are
outside
the church doors

spring #13…

carol
was indeed
a gentle soul
by example
one spring
when
her neighbor’s exterminators
noted
tree rats
in her palm trees
she elected
to leave
them alone
as they
were
one
of god’s
creatures
so
you can imagine
the neighbor’s surprise
to see
her
waving her arms
and
whistling
at
a defiant rabbit
who had
reduced
her garden
to
mulch
but
not nearly
as
surprised
as
the rabbit
when
the coyote pup
got
his first kill

 

spring #12…

his timing
and
vision
of the future
was always
somewhat
questionable
so
last winter
when
he ordered
pineapple lily seeds
from
south africa
based
upon
physical appearance
and
its lovely name
few of us
were surprised
when
he darted
from his home
one spring morning
gasping
for air
the pineapple lilies
bloomed
early
in
his basement greenhouse
resulting
in a relationship
much like
his former marriage

 

spring #10…

the old man
planted
each
winter bulb
as if
preparing
a child for life
lovely setting
them
into the ground
they were
his wishes
for spring
but
as winter removed
its snowy coat
and
april’s dew
began to dance
upon the earth
not
one
shoot appeared
gophers

 

spring #9…

in a process
that
even
a mayan priest
would find
ostentatious
each spring
sealed bundles
of
educational evaluations
are conveyed
to
the classroom
there
beneath
the ritualistic blade
of
knowledge
young students
who’ve been
acclimatized
before
ascending
the mountain
called
state test requirements
begin
their daily trek
and
upon completion
like
all climbers
they discard
much
of what
they were
forced
to
carry