the Garden

the Garden

it grows
   as if
there was
   a plan

i go to see
   it when
      i can

   bright as
the colours
are, it seems

they feature
   greatly in
my dreams

   she sniffs
a flower
   as she
      passes

   and smiles,
   satisfied
and confesses

how wonderful
   this whole
world seems
      to be.

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!

Spring Forward

Spring Forward

imagine a bee,
      and if you
did it right
   you might 
   imagine a
      buzzing 
rapid flight

   into pink
      flowers, 
(advertising
   food, and
   nectar)
as you crawl
   about the
   blossoms...

plants have
   different
agendas,
   but don't
understand

      why bees
   are needed
(it's nothing
we have planned)

   we're just
bystanders
      in the 
flower game.

      though 
   it's so
beautiful,
it's really 
not the same...


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 

White Wave

   purity in 
my culture,
      death in
other people's

   white is
   all the 
   colours, 
all at once
      turned up,
   very bright.

      a flower is
   a flower, and
it doesn't care
what magical
   meanings we
   my wish to
      impose.

   so often
   we don't 
   have the
   answers,
   whether
we think
we do
      or not

BW Yucca

in black and white
some subtle colour
might be missed.

      statements
   without colour
   may not need
all that much
      nuance.

   suddenly
   i saw her
hair had lost
      its colour.

   just as
suddenly,
      she was so 
   much more.

in black and white
some subtle colour
might be missed.



Some Flowers

   some flowers,
like sunflowers,
   seem to get 
our attention.

      we'll eat 
the salted seeds.
   so will many
little brown birds,
(fresh, unsalted)
   fulfilling their 
very modest needs

entertaining
   us easily,
because we are
so amusable.
because they
      are so
worthy.

sunflowers too,
are worthy. who
   could deny it?

   some flowers,
like sunflowers,
   seem to get
   our attention.

Promise

   sometimes we
   expect things
      will go a
certain, very
   special way.

   but they
seem to have
   other plans
and we have to
discover what
      is really
      happening.

   open our
   eyes and
   our minds
and our hearts
to impossibly
      wonderful
adventures.

flower buds
   have a 
      simpler
existence,
      a destiny.

   and all we
   have to do
is wait,

they'll come
       around,
exploding,

into something
   spectacular
(sometimes)

   if we expect
      it or not

					

She Dances

   she dances 
in the sunlight
      she dances

underneath a silver 
   moon and still 
   she dances,
pushing back
      the darkness.

   she knows
we must always 
   try to push 
darkness back. 

   it returns, 
   like dirt in 
our rooms that 
      we know 
   we just swept.
 
      we must resist 
and sweep it away, 
   again and again. 
 
   We can only 
   keep the dark 
      (and dust)
out of our lives 
 
by periodically 
   pushing 
      it back.

Sheltered

Sheltered

shaded, underneath
   taller plants
sheltered from
      such storms

as may arise,
   we should
   have such 
      fortune:

   friends in
high places,
as we never
      imagined.

we can always
   consider
how beautiful:
      humility

   we can also
      consider
  just what
   we should be