Life With Horace

poetry & essays


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for the taking

perhaps the stars
hold memories
diamond pinholes
punched in winter black
life stretched
across infinity
expanding overhead
even as my focus
might be squeezing in
and only looking back
a tempting counterweight
to shrinking time
well nuts to that
I’ll take the milky way
with thanks
refusing blinkered days
or thoughts
and will not shut
all possibility away
this heart and soul
are slated to remain
open for business
indefinitely


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the first present

there are trees here too
grown out of deep soil pockets
heads above the hardy root dug
mountain friends of home
this gathered woody host a nest
to hold a house containing
every one I love
still sleeping as the light
creeps up all cloudy
through the rain
a christmas only minds eye white
no clear skied sunrise
catching tree tops
by surprise
red bronze briefly
glistened by those gone ahead
dropstrings of love and memory
beams creak awake
almost the hour
for letting loose small bodies
counting moments since last night
behind me thumps and sighs
two sets of eyes meet mine
my patient dogs
the first gift of the day
belongs to them
and we are kitchen bound

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a small gift of words, a time filled with more love than things, christmas as it should be. my heart is very full.


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night silence

in this old house
the winter night
is many things
but not deep quiet
never utter stillness
both conceits of
humans in retreat
with us at rest
it moves and breathes
in darkness
sighing wood and stone
the whine and snore of dogs
feet twitching gently
as they dream
small colonies of mice
sensed more than heard
remnant memories
within its walls
merge with the energy
of word and color
line and shape
collected and held close
to make this much loved place
and so I head for bed
the last light gone
leaving the plants looking out
at the night
to watch the snow fall