–after Peter Bain’s “Schooner in Harbor”
She only wants to see what others see:
The shore-men’s work arrested by the clock;
A scrim of light reflecting off the sea;
The gadgetry of ships in harbor dock.
The shore-men’s work arrested by the clock
Amplifies the silence underneath.
The gadgetry of ships in harbor dock
And pilings set like measures in repeat
Amplify this silence underneath
That she can’t help but know, its heart concealed
In pilings struck like measures in repeat.
To her the blank of all has been revealed.
All Things Seen full post
(310 words, estimated 1:14 mins reading time)
They groom one another in the late hour
of an afternoon, deft tongues addressing
foreheads, noses, cheeks, adjusting for fur
thickness and length, with its grain or against,
their ablutions leisured, deliberate,
miniature quills extended to release
the treasured oils that comb and lubricate,
this covenant to tender and appease
impromptu work. Absorbed in the cadence
of their task, untroubled when I appear
unexpectedly, their acknowledgement
is shifting weight, half-flicker of an ear,
and easeful eyes. They weave a rhythmic lure
of gentle to-and-fro as though beguiled
Grace, Revisited full post
(130 words, estimated 31 secs reading time)