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We Know Who We Were

We Know Who We Were

We know who we were,
as for now, do we know who we are?
We ask the right questions,
the few answers we find,
we mull over, debate.
Wish I could waken from sleep,
find words to crust a tune.
Sail out in a boat on the ocean
to slay the kraken with my light rod,
my radiant harpoon.
Away from the civilized confusion,
the traffic hoot and hum.
Attend to the silence only passing winds disturb.
Back to wood, stone and water,
to bird song in the green wood I come.
We know how we were,
as for now, do we know how we are?
I move my hand over the uncultivated land,
the unharvested ocean.
Wish I could breathe in deep like a whale,
pipe out high like a dolphin,
swim free of shackle, no fortune to fail.

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The Hawk and the Hare

The Hawk and the Hare

I lid my eyes, become blind,
block view of distractions,
I find rest in the black bath
hidden by vision,
refreshment in what is sealed
behind rind.
Shadow grows solid.
My mind summons mountains.
I lift my chin, look up.
Watch them turn, bend back,
ascend the air
until they are there.
I wish to be in the wild
where it is as it was,
nothing defiled.
I listen to water.
It trickles down a rocky slope
from the grassy roof of a cave.
A wanderer walks, far off.
I raise my hand and wave.
Few are ever out there,
few want to go.
The way of the hawk and the hare
endures, sure as the wind will blow.

Inaccessible Pinnacles

Inaccessible Pinnacles

Inaccessible pinnacles,
dark mountain summits,
like cracked crowns,
axe hewn, broken helmets,
cleave through clouds,
spike the sky.
Few venture up there,
some train to try.

Unbidden, granite island,
green and grey,
built around me,
sat in my kitchen,
broadened and surrounded,
came back to me today.

Men cannot build there,
will always be the wild.
I smiled on that comfort,
my vision clear,
to see it as a child.

All right, I am going,
I remember saying,
I know I can only wander here.
This is the wild,
no place for settlement.
I looked up and saw an eagle,
it soared out from a peak,
wide winged, further south,
it vanished, woke wonder,
deeper than my tongue can speak.