Means and Ends

Truth is necessarily loved in such a way that those who love something else—besides her—wish that other thing to be truth. Continue reading

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Still Life: SR 172 & US 2

A man stands on oiled chipseal, camera in hand.
The highway undulates distantly, nearly straight,
as heat-shimmered dips lend the appearance
of road-fracture, shifted along a series of faults.
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Blackletter

In response to a Middle English facsimile of the Gospel of Luke

The minims of textualis crowd themselves,
ascenders aplenty but descenders few,
into Wycliffe’s words of Gabriel to Mary:
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Death Sentences

The nameless cream-colored tom creeps quickly up
and crouches motionless, knowing that the bowl
of the birdbath keeps him concealed from the finch
which perches on the far side, dipping its beak
into the pool of clear water—dipping and preening.

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Backflow

A valve by any other name
would not check love less sweetly:

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Detritus Redeemed

My dusty green
      second-hand
            campchair
is planted in
      weedy gravel
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Erratic

for Jon Hawley, the Armchair Traveler

Wait.

Slow down a bit.

I’d like to talk.

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Zebra Cake

Four years old,
     and I’ve already been schooled.

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Picked for You

after Mary Powell

The matron’s eyes are dark, and hollow.
Her skirt is an indistinct pleated gray,
while a darted white blouse billows
below the boat-necked breast
and above an elasticized waist.
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I Come from the Dry Valley

after the lady Skagit

Sunlight floods half the road on which I travel;
a shadow cast by the guardrail obscures my lane—
the westbound side, which rushes past bitterbrush,
bluebunch wheat grass, ponderosa, and sandstone.
This Methow thirst can consume entire rivers.

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