Graduation 2017

Five days later and I still can't think about Friday without emotion. It was a long day of ceremony, starting at 8 in the morning with a whole-school awards ceremony followed by Senior Class Day, where my resolve not to cry began to unstitch the moment I heard the first notes of music in the… Continue reading Graduation 2017

Fire – Cat – Stevens – Wallace – Firecat

Earthy Anecdote Every time the bucks went clattering Over Oklahoma A firecat bristled in the way. Wherever they went, They went clattering, Until they swerved In a swift, circular line To the right, Because of the firecat. Or until they swerved In a swift, circular line To the left, Because of the firecat. The bucks… Continue reading Fire – Cat – Stevens – Wallace – Firecat

52 Photos ~ Wide open spaces

The Snow Man One must have a mind of winter To regard the frost and the boughs Of the pine-trees crusted with snow; And have been cold a long time To behold the junipers shagged with ice, The spruces rough in the distant glitter Of the January sun; and not to think Of any misery… Continue reading 52 Photos ~ Wide open spaces

52 Photos ~ Something really small

Tea at the Palaz of Hoon Not less because in purple I descended The western day through what you called The loneliest air, not less was I myself. What was the ointment sprinkled on my beard? What were the hymns that buzzed beside my ears? What was the sea whose tide swept through me there?… Continue reading 52 Photos ~ Something really small

On the last day of January

I've been thinking about Wallace Steven's poem, The Snow Man, for weeks now, because, of course, it's winter and it's January. I wanted to write something about having a "mind of winter", expecting to have experienced it, even for just a day, as I have in winters before. But this January's rickrack weather hasn't cooperated.… Continue reading On the last day of January