Category Archives: landscape

Lake in Monochrome

Lake in Monochrome

   silver tones
tell stories,
some things
      not left
   behind

   silver sky,
black treeline
      the rest is
   in greytones

   do silver
   fish swim
better in 
      flooded 
monochrome
lakes?

   under a
mirrored
   surface,
   it may be
impossible
      to see

Deanna’s Tree #1_2020

Deanna's Tree #1_2020

      dad says 
   it is her
favorite tree;
it stands alone.

   as we (are
      always
solitary),

 
   though we 
   try so hard
      to crowd
together

   in huddled,
   chattering,
thoughtless
      groups

although it
causes pain,

   we must
avoid our
   beloved
      others

Full Pool

   such a 
small lake 
and so much
   water

   they call 
it full pool
   when a lake
      is full

      it makes 
me wonder
   how a lake 
   can be full

i never thought
of a lake as a 
   container

   but it is:
   too full.

a tree in
the water
   was on 
a bank

   in its 
branches
a blackbird

(plain as dirt)
   it has its
   own kind 
of beauty

      open 
   my eyes;
let me see

   i would 
   fill up
with it,
   (beauty)
   at full 
      pool

Hill Panorama

Six Photograph Panorama

   look up 
      into 
these cool 
green hills!

look again,
   and see a
   beautiful
      mountain
just behind

   (thrown up
   by ancient
   megathrust
earthquakes)

   sometimes
   disasters
have upsides.
   don't panic!

rugged rock,
   broken 
mountains,

   shattered 
   crust of 
planet earth

   but it is
beautiful,
   whatever
      events
we must
live through

   let's do
   that too:
      become
beautiful!

Hot Summer Day

they promise
   us things
no one could
      fulfil

on even the
   best of
      all days

   just round a
corner and over
      the hill

   today is a
message, time
flies on past

      today
will be a 
hot summer day

   (we should
   not wish
it away)

   too soon
   we'll have
   such cold
winter nights

and snow 
will cover
   the ground

it is, what
      it is, 
so they say

   a dream
      tiger
last night

was winning 
   the fight
i don't know 
   what else 
to say

today and
   tomorrow
might seem
like dreams

   and dreams
will just get
   in the way 

Promises

Promises

   there will
      be food 
   and plenty
the cornstalks
      seem to say.

   (promises
   as good
      as any)

   and what
are promises
   but hopes
   expressed.

   guarantees
are not
      possible.

   if we had
   guarantees,
could we expect
      to collect,

if all
   the wheels
   fall off
   all the 
wagons?

      some day,
   we should
   expect,
we'll make
calculations:

how many 
   people can 
   an acre feed?

Low Cloud

Low Cloud

   low cloud
   obsures.
i know 
there's more

   my vision
      does not
penetrate
   this veil

     but memory,
   so feeble
   in my case
tells another
      story.

   and i have
seen before
   rounded 
   hilltops
   beyond what
i can see
      today

Silver Surfer #1_2020

Silver Surfer #1_2020

rushing down
the highway
      south,
   weaving
this traffic
   tapestry,
   i scamper

   she is a 
silver surfer,
   cruising by
in night skies
as nightmares
   gallop away, 

   when she
walks into
   a room,
transforming
   everything,
   with her
bright smiles,

the universe
   seems brighter

Cool Thoughts

Cool Thoughts

      and then
the summer came,
   hot and dry,
as always

   a time for
cool thoughts.
   snow may do.

fresh snow on
spruce and fir
      branches.

so beautiful
to remember
   on such a
   hot summer 
afternoon.

Creek Mouth

Creek Mouth

   down from
the hills,
   every drop,
   now joined
together

   a lake,
with secrets
      in the 
beautiful
   water,
it is said

      colour 
makes things
   distinct,
when tones
won't help

black and white
      will do.
gray tones, 
   made of
   silver,
   in days
we've almost
   forgotten.

   so much,
   forgotten,
from days
      gone by