Paradise Lust

after Wallace Stegner’s “Crossing into Eden”

Five miles in
and 3000 feet up:
a grueling ascent
of a tortured canyon
called Hades—
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Paradoxology

Your commitment to Truth will not produce truth,
which demands not resolve, but a ceded heart.

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The Paths of Righteousness

When a shepherd’s flock seeks another’s fold    and the pastor loudly brays
about his followers being sheep, they are not    the ones who have lost the way.

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August

The ponderosa stood proud and lissom,
its bole aglow in the evening sun.
Perhaps thirty years it strove blueward
against drought and frost, and time—
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The Connective Tissue of Segmented Fruits

“I like oranges,” she says, again,
midnight hair thrown back,
amber eyes flashing.
I had heard her, the first time.

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Platinum Anniversary, Belated

How much would you miss a finger
were it not a digit but time:
a century, perhaps, for each—
the handful a millennium?

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Fingers Keepers

I search
for left
hands in
a bin
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Upon the Death of Your Mother

I dreamed last that you came to visit,
that you had something important to tell.
I was busy stocking shelves at the store,
and asked you to wait for a few minutes.

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Warning Signs

The doorway facing me allows a slivered
fractional view of a streetside window.
Through the left lower corner, a sign
across the way warns, No Trespassing.

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Chillblains: Letter to a Nephew

“It’s cold out there, Greg.”
~Iditarod Red Lantern Award Winner Bill Mackey

The mercury read two below zero when I left Twisp.
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