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Resurrection

June 10, 2006 at 7:20 pm (Darkness, Featured Poems, Poetry)

The first Sunday
after the first full moon
after the first equinox of the year,
rise early and lean outside
in the spiced air, listen to the bells ringing.
Morning bells,
bells of the far churches
chuckling their delight for the advent of another spring
in a world that has dawned.

Easter
and already the snows have grown weary;
they drop their coats
and troop back into the darkness.
Already the gale, brabbling wind
discards his piercing shrillness
and his iciness;
he bounds forward on us warm and naked.
Already the distant sun, long aloof
forgets herself,
wanders our way, smiling broadly.
Already the crocuses and daffodils,
the jonquils, the dogwoods, the wisteria, even the white iris
alone in the field by my house,
cast off their shyness; vulnerably
expose themselves before the world,
unprotected and beautiful.

And it is spring. It is spring.
I look beyond the empty lot, out past
the steeples that stand like toys on the far street; suddenly
I see earth supple before me like a gardener
like a mother suckling rich seedmouths

and they spring up.

They spring up, they spring up
in eudicotyledon splendor of living,
resurrected in body once again.

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Jenny’s Wind

June 10, 2006 at 9:53 am (Featured Poems, Once, Poetry)

Jenny would love this gusty wind
were she with me here to see it playing
in these tall oak and birch she knows so thoroughly.

Yes, Jenny
would love this gutty wind which sneaks
beneath the leaves, and rustles them
until they waken. The breeze
pretends it’s morning still
pretends it doesn’t know about the darkness
the silence
which has swept across the world

since yesterday.

The wind is trying harder now.

Relentlessly it tries
to sweep the leaves and branches
into some sort of playful mood
some whim
to rouse them from the death-like mourning
of their silence.

Now and then
it pauses haltingly a moment. Then
rampages on
as if to chase away a darkness

as if to quell
the soundless whelming of her death
before it blackens out September.

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Lake

February 19, 2005 at 10:42 am (Featured Poems, Once, Poetry)

the slim dark flower
i saw this morning
while walking beside
a lake i’d seen
for only an hour

pressed without warning
down deep inside
and made me dream

of her lips’ sweet power

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Love Story

October 10, 2004 at 8:25 am (Featured Poems, Once, Poetry)

Carl & I spent many Mays
roaming the hills on sunny days
fighting pirates, routing thieves
building castles, climbing trees
right though to the breezy fall
when leaves became our rampart wall.

Mid-summer of our sixteenth year
something changed, another sex appeared:
a dirt brunette, and a blonde who tracks
Carl up the hill and back.

Between the two he’ll get to choose,
lucky Carl — he cannot lose.

His eyes are good, he will not miss
her soft blonde hair, the way it twists
and curves like Nature made it do,
and gleams with love in the afternoon.

Then her face he won’t forget —
the chin so soft, yet firmly set
beneath her light blue eyes (those sing
like summer raindrops in the wind).

But I get the girl he leaves behind,
God, I hope that he is blind
and does not love the one that’s blonde:

she’s the girl my dreams are on.

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Summer Love

October 10, 2003 at 10:36 am (Featured Poems, Once, Poetry)

Now winter’s come
I like to hum
and sometimes sing a tune

To bring to me
the memories
of times we had last June

When I gave you
some summer love
beneath the night’s white moon

Recall we were
beside the shore —
a woman, and a man

Who held her firmly
next to him
on blankets made of sand

Your eyes on mine
were soft and kind
as you pressed against my hips

And the stars above
bright with love
as we tasted with our lips

The waves rolled in
and in the din
we danced a while

Afterwards
we had no words
but silence and a smile

As eye to eye
beneath the sky
we shed our clothes and hugged

Our bodies stark
in the dark
nakedly we loved

The morning smiled
on clothing piled
aside our makeshift bed

And was no talk —

I’ve often thought
of things I might have said

While rapt amazed
I gazed
at the woman I should wed

But now like summer
you are gone —
my winter lingers on

And midnight brings
a pain to things
my heart has felt too long

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Sun

June 10, 2001 at 5:27 pm (Darkness, Featured Poems, Poetry)

Sun is a flight of photons
pelting me in the morning
entering the soul of my body
in photonic penetration.

Gold little embers
enter me through the fingers
through the weak frailty of my arms
cocked before me.

How should I know what the secret of life is
when it is only embers
even the sun’s little embers
come to me by these arms?

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Preparations

April 22, 1986 at 5:23 pm (Darkness, Featured Poems, Poetry)

That day
when spring is come
and birds blow song,
when wind is blue
and sun stirs up
thrashing about till cold be gone

and buds peek forward
from the womb of the tree
raising their heads like flowers to the air,
while black flies buzz black with
the quick lust of the bee
and butterflies
flair
with their certain, butterfly flair

and ants spin hotly
out their cave-doors in the ground
searching new food
and dragonflies wake soft,
wee in the silence of the morn
beyond the winter-death of sound,

that day, I’ll prance to you
out the early light
and we’ll make our bed
until it is night.

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5

June 10, 1985 at 6:21 pm (Featured Poems, Poetry, Riddles)

What kind of songbird am I, anyway?
I, who have never sat in a tree
or pecked at the bark of a pine.
I, who have never nested in forest
or flown with the wind, smelling the excitement
of a flock of birds on wing.

— Why dream? I couldn’t fly anyway.
I am a captive of man.

Man
who granted me a voice
only to deny me a song of my own.
Who bids me to sing at his pleasure
running me around
until I think I must finally run out of breath.
Until I wish I could die.
Man
he put me in a rut and left me there.
And I can’t escape.

I’m not even caged.

I must be one of Hugo’s miserables.
I am a songbird,
but there is no song in my heart.

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Gibbous Encounter

June 10, 1980 at 6:48 pm (Darkness, Featured Poems, Poetry)

Sit then, we shall make a nest
and I shall clutch you, my lips impress
a dark rose on your breast.
I will put it for a test
of this encounter as your guest.

There then, and let me plant
another here, and here beneath your pants
let loose another in the forest: we’ll let him tramp
around for a woodless valley. Let him find the camp
I will make tonight — but first must go out the lamp.

No lie back again — don’t stir.
It’s now too dark and — brrr!
it’s cold! But don’t act so uncomfortable. I’ll cover
you warmer than the warmest fur.
Me or blanket — which would you prefer?

Go ahead then, hesitate.
Let that silly mind of yours step in to legislate,
like some old spinster, the kind of love you make.
Go ahead, let it tell you wait
until it’s worked out some ideal, romantic way to mate.

Why do you huddle on the bed
squeezing double knees to the breasts
like that; why fold arms around your naked head,
throwing such a volley of tears, and nothing said?
I’m not impressed.

Look at me.
Lift up that naked face — don’t you see
you must be sensible. This isn’t fantasy.
And it’s no game; now will you please
take down those knees?

So cry at me. You say it’s sex
I’m after. You think I’m out to flex
my muscle in your female factory; your text
is that you’re the big production, me just the annex.
I’m the one that’s vexed.

I took you for a woman. I thought
you saw me as a man. In moon we walked
this night to your apartment, now at the bed you balk.
It tires me, this talk —
now, feel it! my erection’s hard as rock!

No, no, don’t try to slip around
me to the door. Sit down!
You stay there on the ground.
I won’t be made a clown
even if I have to hold you down.

Since you won’t get on the bed
we’ll do it here. I’m fed
up with your resistance! See, you make me whip your head
against the floor, and now the wood is red;
and now you’re still.

I’ll have my way before you’re dead.

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Death of Minnestress

November 14, 1978 at 10:14 pm (Darkness, Featured Poems, Poetry)

It has come after all
even the moon is a widow.

Hurt-eyed catless moon must stand
wet-mouthed in the air, tonight
caught in the center of darkness breaking about her.
Like cattail losing the seed that it must lose to the wind
she weeps her whiteness above me.
Minnistress is dead and tears are dried in my eyes;
they will not move
just as Minnestress’ dead body will never more move.

Moon, I believed in you, believed in the night
you ruled with your face:
to find out now you did not rule. You only fell
eager-breathed on roaming Minnistress
who by sanct right of some living cat-mystery
wore the moon-dark crown.
Tonight you are pain-faced, little better than I:
with her dying you are part died.

Moon, old mistress and old guardian,
even you are alone.
You are widowed. Moonly
woman is gone from you, you have lost
all vital part to stone.

I stand in the street, in disgrace.
Bereft of all will in my body. I wait
for the last moment, when I have to know
of the unwilling darkness crashing upon the night, and of
the withdrawal of the moon, and of her black eyes
that prick my blood with despair to chase me inside.

And know what I must know too well:
that the woman in the moon is gone
is become hard-eyed widow
stone-bitter with her lies and illusions.

Unwilling, my being is thrown
like the churning tides of an ocean into confusion.

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Willow Love

September 3, 1978 at 6:13 pm (Darkness, Featured Poems, Poetry)

If I hold to the soft light
and you to the sad
what makes it such a wrong right
that we should be glad?

While wind meets the poor willow
and the branch gives way
why ought we be still — oh
and crouch away?

If you be unsure
and I full of an old wait
and fearful before love’s lure
why hesitate?

We cannot make a strange sun
sing a white moonsong
nor make two become one
nor live for long.

And if flies be for a day
and robins but a season
why ought we betray
such unreason?

Let the stars then be stars
in their eternity
while we be what we are
and save serenity.

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Darkness

April 10, 1978 at 6:02 pm (Darkness, Featured Poems, Poetry)

Darkness, it is beautiful. The dark.
It is my lips sucking at what I know not.
It is my fingers gone into the dark places, like a ship of explorers.
It is me forgotten in my desire to explore.
Yet I am the vessel that does the exploring.
It is my toes when they meet the ground, power flexed against power.
It is my knees conscious, like springs, of their final connection to the ground.
The ground is not-me.
Sky is not-me.
But my potency declares itself against the sky, against the ground.
Where I am is not-sky.
It is not-ground.

It is a mystery.

I am darkness. I move like a ship among the unknown.
I myself am the unknown.

The unknown darkness.
I shall lap over you, another unknown darkness.
I shall splash over you in darkness and un-know you.
In the dark rain of dark life, we shall be.

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Battlefield

March 10, 1978 at 6:01 pm (Darkness, Featured Poems, Poetry)

There is an island in my breast, all snowy
with whiteness, frosted in tons of billowy
coldness of pain, and hurt of a cold wind blowing
at the core of me, at the quick.

Life, it is not a trick
played by some childish, freckled God;
we are not princes hidden in the forms of frogs,
nor princesses; nor will I succumb
to ignore what feeling flowers in my thumb.

I have not come through the battles of tonight
in order that I might be thwarted
in my running blood — nor by the poison of some white
sterile injury that has parted
me from the fingers of life —

though you with your mealy-mouthed touches have done
grave injury to me, and to the sun
that bleats in my blood with veins of maleness, rushing
like a river of gentleness, flushing
through my deepest-swelling reaches, plucking
the very quick of my life into bud in its fun.

And I tell you the wounds that ripple
in my blood like cold tadpoles utterly
alien, unknowable foreigners, spies, cold-eyed
agents, betrayers of me — out to hurt what’s fluttering

most alive in me; all that is hurtable —
they are the pus of evil, muttering
their lies of death. Ice to freeze the simpler
straight feeling in my blood, and make it whimper.

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Demarcation

October 1, 1977 at 6:00 pm (Darkness, Featured Poems, Poetry)

Now we linger
at the door of the temple of God
with liquid-brown anguish in our eyes
for we gaze
arms down at the drawn bright blaze
of hinge
fine-crafted and silver
that shuts us in.

or shuts us out

Oh the sparkling, all-virtuous hinge
clasping with all its strength puritanical
the oak-heavy door
that stands at the portal of the temple of God,
holding out the wrought iron bolt
of eternal demarcation and damnation

that shuts us in.

or out
Better to be a lonely old cow
that at least has its life
safely in place

and got the mute
whole green world of grass for its pleasure,
than be some pent-up young tiger
shut up in queue on the ark of God.

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Dusk Ride

June 10, 1977 at 5:57 pm (Darkness, Featured Poems, Poetry)

The pines pass us by
trees of hours gone by
as we take our car ride.
The clouds go rushing
down the sky blushing
hideous pink
as we travel by;
and the horizon thumbs up
to capture the sun, cup
over it in a blacking wink.
I think

we have blurred into nightside.

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All of Threes

April 25, 1977 at 5:41 pm (Darkness, Featured Poems, Poetry)

Three brown-eyed dogs and a woman
came up the grass
in the almost summer, and it was north campus.
And the woman walked gaily with the sun on her back
and the dogs watered every dogwood tree
with their yellow water.

Several people in front of north library
laid lazily back in the shade and giggled.

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A Fall (after love)

April 10, 1977 at 5:55 pm (Darkness, Featured Poems, Poetry)

I came the short way down
unbraked through the tumbling gown
of green catalpa; and with the sound
of a hundred falling beans I came unbound

like thunder roaring.
And the sleepy snoring
of the quick ground’s whoring
hardness, brought me down.

Now I wait
castrate
in sovereign state:
too late.

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Pause

March 19, 1977 at 5:39 pm (Darkness, Featured Poems, Poetry)

The rain has taken us over
over the world.
Come on like a dark hood over the world,
and we are strangers
stranded
in the darkness stranded, and we cannot see.
There is nothing to see.

Down, on down, downward the rain pinging
and we cannot see.
It pings in the pine trees, on the needles unaware

drop on drop burning out.

Passing cars, their static in the street
slush unseen through the down rain,
fade into nothing music of sweet
silence, amid the pain
of the tumbling, drowning, dying of the world.

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Boring Sonnet

March 10, 1977 at 5:54 pm (Darkness, Featured Poems, Poetry)

He said, “Life is boring.
Everywhere you look holes are being bored;
like bears in deep hibernation snoring
bore holes round themselves where food is stored.”

“Is that all,” she asked, “that bears do in the winter?
Is there no love-making brew of passion,
no sipping of holes within their hole? Is there no splinter
group of bears that act in some such fashion?”

“No, life is boring,” he said. “Life is boring.
You’ll get nothing from your bears but sleep
all winter, sleep, and weak-kneed whoring.”

“Life is boring then,” spoke she, “and the way you keep
your cold-hearted hands from me I sware,
you’re more boring than your sexless bears.”

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