The Usefulness Of Everything


bark, branch and leaf
pay their debt to the earth
with themselves

Buddha’s Back

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in the present
facing the future
honoring the past

Portrait of the Pond

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patiently she sits
subtly shifting moods
captured but never contained

Gleaming

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traverse the inevitable darkness
in honor of the gleaming
of the morning sun

Color is the Light

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orange and purple dawn
honored by the morning moon
color is the light of autumn’s days

Dress Up

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The birch dresses up
in a necklace of violets
to honor the full flower moon.

Wrinkles


Wrinkles in the tree’s bark
will forever honor the missing branch.
Smile lines of its former reach.