Wednesday, November 25, 2009

New Field



author’s note:

This poem seems appropriate for our time of harvest and thanksgiving.


NEW FIELD

A new field
clear--
or empty--
all the way to the horizon.

New green grass
and grass
newly brown.

© 2009, Michael R. Patton
earnest audio
new steps

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Sunday, November 08, 2009

Stoking the Thunderbolt


author’s note:

“How slowly we flash up in clarity!”
                  --  Nelly Sachs


STOKING THE THUNDERBOLT

As the dark cloud
shadows my path

again, I am made small

and return to
the childhood wonder

of how a cloud builds up
as it searches the earth--
slowly filling
with life
until ready to burst

like an eggplant ripened
nearly to rotting--
every egg must eventually
surrender its shell.

I can’t help but wonder
as I did as a child
how those wispy clouds
not only survive
the tearing wind
but build stronger, fighting.

As they grow, they begin
to hear the thunder god
rumbling within--
the thunder god will use them.

When I sense such forces
I can’t help but wonder
as I did as a child
how my own life
will play out--

you never know--premonitions
don’t even tell us half the truth--

the flash creation
actually happens
so very slow--
no matter how
you urge it on.

I can’t imagine: yet I know
such forces--when summoned--
very nearly kill us.

But such forces, unsummoned--
unexpected--kill us even worse.

So I bow here, working the hammer--
knowing that with each stroke
I stoke the thunderbolt, that I stoke
toward bursting.

© 2009, Michael R. Patton
earnest audio
new steps

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Sunday, November 01, 2009

Not Bowing to Demand



author’s note:

After that last poem, I felt I should lighten up a bit.

I say: language is made to be played with...

...but not twisted until it breaks.


MEETING DEMAND

The ad tells me
I can
       “Be In Demand!”

I’m intrigued because
I’ve rarely been in
any kind
of demand.

However, as I recall
when I was, I doubted I could
meet that demand.

But I was younger in the past.

So what if I did become
“In Demand”?--
how exactly would I answer?

Well, I would try to be honest.
I would say what I’ve been saying
since the last time
I was in demand:

         look not to me, but to yourself--
         look within--
         I can not give you
         what you already
         have.

But such talk is apt
to make some people
grumble--
I might lose
whatever demand
I was in.

So be it:
I will bow--
but not to demand.

© 2009, Michael R. Patton
earnest audio
new steps

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