4/10/21

 



who dares to know their eggshell guards an unenlightened dawn




 



i remember

trees in joy

and the sane wonder of being mown




 



in light that falls

from stillest wind

i learned how darkness sees




4/5/21

 



spirit jumping from puddle to blood—

and inside my trees

a joyful scream




4/3/21

 



how shall i know the magnolia bud that is a shield against cold




3/31/21




stained glass


how many flawed colors

from the harvest of souls

glow in the glass



 

3/28/21

 



were there not voices of the landscape in which as a child you lived




3/22/21

 



shall all running waters :: lead to our appointment with sky




3/21/21

 



why does spring want to give back my moon—

    why does moon want to tether my wren




3/19/21

 



if lines of inner grace are lost :: is cause to seek the wren




 



does every hand of your mirror hold

        a former life of daffodil




3/16/21

 



if the hills are napping :: who will hear the slaughter of stars




3/13/21

 



who will claim old galoshes from the attic of my rain




 



does the sound of an eggshell tapping :: begin in one's soul




3/11/21




who is the one awakened when plum blossoms step out of your bones



 

3/9/21

 



if i lie silent at night

won't rain hear my heart


what is the mark of a child

in whom the sea has been crossed


upon how many crosses before your death

has the midnight sun appeared




 



by whom do my broken branches become a vernal cross




3/6/21

 



in the bedroom of the epidemic will my devotion to sky end without dawn


was my shadow a bird :: in the desert i could have been


is crocus the flesh where your absence nests




3/3/21

 



should promises of snow empty the world of white


whose rose is brewed in the skull of the moon


when i am wordless shall my voice :: unfold within the ears of the dead




3/2/21

 



what color of rose is waiting for my name


how did moss find its way to the roof of night


if the moon returns to life :: where shall i hide my heart




2/23/21

 



shall my wandering forever be :: naked to the touch of a moon




2/16/21

 



who put my birth into the hollow of a tree


will the rose behind your eyes ever come ashore


is the loss of one who has no place

found in water or wind




2/13/21

 



how does one search darkness

for a midnight from the past


for how many years can one fall inside the moon


shall all suns hold inside

a dawn that was never alive




2/12/21



Three poems published by Heliosparrow on 2/12/21!!




 



is awakened the word

for a seed that dies, then is sown


when i believe in what wind listens for

why does my nest unravel


can anyone else open a poem

to the fate of its reader




2/9/21

 



why was the year of January my first companion


why make a poem without one moving part


should i string my pearls from urgency to indifference




2/8/21

 



how many lives of the sea have rolled in the waters of the moon


can you choose in yourself what the next flood will take


who taught my eyes to create stone from sky




2/2/21

 



when i fold my eyes until they are smaller than light

is that the end of a day


if i could read the book of twilight would

earth return my child


who else sweeps their garden

to see what a whisper sees




1/30/21

 



why can't the touch of a thorn 

be divided into infinite light


and why can't i grow light

from a seed


when all that is dust returns to song

                                             where will i be found





1/25/21

 



barbs on my fences bloody me :: with a life i have not lived




1/20/21

 



upon the death of the vine :: shall my veins grow new wine




1/17/21

 



when we turn against the sea

how many deserts appear


when the poem sheds its final skin

why does one still have to wait for dawn


for how many lives after i am gone

will my heart come searching for me




1/16/21

 



how many years have fallen

along the path between two autumns


is the leaf falling through my shadow

also my shadow


and when my rain bleeds to death

whose poppies are fed




1/2/21

 



when night coughs

can you taste your birth


are my skies too many to bury


why is shadow the shortest route

to unexpected light




1/1/21

 



where is the river

to cleanse my oceans of sorrow


how many dawns

have tied a prayer

to my rose


why are there species of flame

found only in our dreams




12/29/20

 



prayer kneels down

wind builds a nest

for the passenger you carry without knowing




12/27/20

 



why does the clearest water

stop a knife from bleeding


when did my soul begin to repeat

the migration of cranes


how does one gather seeds

that have drifted into another day




12/26/20




how much earth must i lose

to wear the moon's white shoe




11/11/20

 



to believe in what wind listens for :: who must open the sky in the child




11/8/20




where is the river that will cleanse my oceans of sorrow



 

11/6/20

 



in a world that renounces moon, wind :: how shall my forests sway




10/17/20

 



will remember more than i knew

is called to a different world

burns like a leaf in autumn




 



shall the speed of light see my face




10/11/20




standing falling naked without speaking without hearing the whisper



 

10/10/20




where will they scatter the blue dust of earth


how many others afraid of night have thieved for this criminal moon


can i find the way out of summer by mapping a monarch's wing



 

10/8/20

10/7/20




i begin in autumn a yellow love that will fill the light with sun



 

10/5/20

 



moon undressed        the man i lost        looked at naked me




10/4/20

10/3/20

9/30/20

 



into footsteps where everything has died have we climbed




9/28/20

 



how many summers until another town i didn't want


why is it possible to empty evening into a butterfly


can i know the air that is childless by me




9/24/20




should i delight in the occasion or search for another chaos


should i feed the mist


should i flood




9/23/20

9/18/20

 



how does it feel to be used by the moon


do you close your eyes but never in my mind


can the touch of a thorn be divided into infinite light




 



why have dandelions and insomnia led the circus here


will the last moment before the next hunger be sparrow


how long shall i hold the moon inside




9/11/20

8/22/20




are whales interplanetary

does our poetry orbit theirs

how can i tell if gravity is orthodox or agnostic






how deep into my life has morning pressed its thorn



8/18/20




where does blue lay its head when there is only love for the moon



8/15/20

8/13/20




what is your life if tomorrow is barren

can the birth of a star be heard in my voice

shall the interior of rain also be my church




8/9/20




somewhere in the labyrinth :: there is no one to tell me my life



8/8/20




behind the uneasy motion of darkness :: there are infinite sorrows to roam



8/6/20




can you recall the first poem to see you

why is a luna moth in eclipse
beyond my grasp

how did the smell of rain arrive on earth



7/23/20




at the edge of a bird do some leaves look cruel

can you open a poem to the fate of its reader

shall the dying of our glaciers release
the many frozen bodies of Jesus



7/22/20




why can't i grow light from a seed
or paint rose windows on the sky

how many psalms find shelter
in sands no man has touched



7/20/20




what sorrows the ocean to sip from your eyes

how small can the seeds of each galaxy be

when sky holds my hand, is the moon our diamond



7/10/20




without a body i could fall :: into the eyes of the living



7/9/20




the home prepared for my only arrival :: is all i shall leave behind



6/21/20

5/21/20

5/15/20

5/14/20




another beginning i will never leave :: this killing spring



4/28/20




illness in the weeds could become a way to live and dream



4/21/20

4/19/20

4/17/20




only your mother when she was young
and the world nowhere in sight
yet changed



4/15/20

4/14/20




inside the dying of my apple tree
the sky is cold
the earth is green