"...and a great rock maintained a wise old silence
lifting its strength into the starlight sky."
"Birdsong all about and it's thanks I sigh
Annell Hagen, 13
for each flying cousin, as their current
of June jubilation flows over me..."
"Like the fairytales so often read from a book to a child, like the
stories told around a fire, so there will always be happy endings."
"The flowers are blooming today,
come sit for a while with me"
"So here we've come to one of those places
your grandmother would never let me see-- "
..."your tanned frame drops into bed
on clean sheets dried smooth with summer."
..."with each breath clear away
each contrivance of the self
though we slip often into thought."
..."No song emanates
from frosted hearts and throats"
..."The black ashen hills sponged with young green rivulets"
..."I cower in a corner of the bathroom
with the rest of the spiders"
..."do what doom dislikes
rename his bliss of bitterness"
..."What is the common denominator of Man?"
..."Sun hours drain the August day beige around a small town parish."
..."A disease more ancient than syphilis
born from a similar urge."
.."Outside the woods/stretches up to touch
Mary Ellen Schmidt
a crescent moon rising"
..."Alive and hopping
Like popcorn on tartan turf."
in centuries of old wood, ignore me."
..."I think she remembers raspberries."
..."I find hope still lies in a whisper."
..."We'll read the hexagrams and seek the changes."
..."Welcome widening horizons
and tree-topped perch."
..."deny the old country still in their taste buds."
..."Tiny tintinnabular bones of the inner ear"
..."Think where man's glory most begins and ends,
and say my glory was I had such friends."
"Don't weep for me,
my grieving friends for I have lived,
and now am free to go back home..."
..."Dusk finds gatherings in the cafes,
A monarch's banquet of vin and pain."
"I'm losing me within your eyes,
but finally finding myself in you."
"...Any hope, any tale or any wishes
Or any pretty bright blue fishes...."
"...Sleeping dogs twitch, paddle upstream--
duel bangos, tubas, look for deliverance."
"...I search the landscape of my mind
for the best locations...."