Fall

Galaxy

 

 

In West Virginia red stripes of afternoon

meet the evening over village novas.

 

Each point in new dark

shines strands of light one to another.

 

The last of winter afternoon

glitters on past summer fertility,

 

ignites geometry of frozen irrigation

circles inside square girdles.

 

Ponds, still now,

show the last motion of fall.

 

 

Towns, hamlets, farms, stars reborn each night

 

blue and green light

against the newly black sky

and blacker night.

 

Vivid orange-yellow beacons

brush bold

 

 

against the winter ground

 

glow white with halogen

some sharp as points

some a little blurred in the center.

 

Still a trace of red sky beyond the grounded world.

 

 

For love of red

 

 

Red silk wet on pine needles.

Maple and sumac glimmer red against the road

neither red as the red wool blanket

in my blue room.

 

 

Green Bamboo

 

 

Imperceptible wind

moves long green bamboo leaves

across old black bark ¾

an inky brush in the Spanish air.

 

This almost tropical grass

bending to the ground

is cousin to upright bright Korean stalks.

 

Now in October

 

ready to give up their green life

for the leafless windy winter.

 

 

Evensong

 

 

Coyote families sing to each other in the dusk

sun flares redden mountains

sky blue as lapis lazuli

until moonless black night uncovers stars.

 

Vespertina

 

Las familias de coyotes se cantan al anochercer

las llamaradas del sol enrojecen las montañas

ciel azul como lapislázuli

hasta negro – sin luna – descubre las estrellas.

 

Lapse of memory

 

 

Yellowing leaves murmur in the sun

brush the cool autumn dust

in small clouds

 

forgetful of the humid summer

 

Lapsus

 

Las hojas amarillentas murmuran bajo el sol

rozando el polvo fresco del otoño

en nubes diminutas

 

olvidadizas del verano húmedo

 

 

Maple leaf

 

 

A maple leaf blazes through the day

and falls to rest

on a stone in the stream

 

Red twig

 

Morning fog lifts its wet weight

red twig shines

in remembrance.

 

Clouds in a prism of urgency

rush to the sea

 

An insect passes

lost in last summer’s litter.

 

 

Fog

 

shapeless quiet slides over the roof

colors hide

in deepening dusk

rain channels barks

 

fog shrouds forest mouse

somewhere near           a song