Wednesday, January 16, 2013

On A White Day \ Corvids

Nancy: When "color" is defined as white and black and shades of gray, a cleft in the rock sheltering a streak of moss is astonishing in its brilliance.

On A White Day

With a brush and black ink
I might sketch the stepped ledge,
the frozen bay, even the spruce
that takes all the light into its dark hunger,
but could I ever risk that slash
of moss, the broken lip of rock
green green greenest green?

Alan: Sometimes poems write themselves in reaction.  This one did, to the lines quoted.

    for DLB
          “two flapping, hoarse malevolent shapes – ravens for sure –”

Crow wakes me, early.
Raven soars, stately, mocking the eagle.
Jay mimics the hawk, crashes invisible gates in the trees.

Raven inspects my work-in-progress, spring and fall.
Crow guards me, warning of owls.
Jay chides me for keeping cats; jay chivvies the dog.

Raven sings to me, secretly,
singing the Dharma
in the season when everyone sleeps.

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