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The small green apple sits
by the plain white mug
that's ringed with dried tea.
There's no bite taken out yet.
The skin's unbroken.
But my tongue's already curling
from  the sour taste.

I wonder if imagination
was a survival trait
which helped us live
a few seconds in the future—
giving us just enough time
to avoid the tiger.

What's it doing here at my table?
Without tigers, it's bored—
forced to play with green apples
and taste bittersweet things
before they're really here.
I grew up where the word idolatry was hissed.
Ardent people found ways to extend the sin
because golden calves were in short supply.
We had our choice of money, success, or worldly power
to which we could bend our wicked knees.
We were warned about the subtle horror of it
because the obvious evil was so unspeakable
it was absurd that People-Like-Us
would ever be tempted by it.

I like to sit next to statues of Buddha.

The shock and abhorrence contrasted nicely
with the everlasting tranquility on the still, stone face.
I felt as if I was sheltered by the almond eyes and peaceful smile
while a ridiculous storm raged on outside.

In those unguarded moments,
I thought my soul was safely tucked away—
but at some point peace itself became a prayer.
Come light down—
such a little note
that plays each leaf
each blade of grass,
each rooftop
like a sighing drum—
        the dream of a drum.

An unseen hand
gently drops
on taught-stretched skin.

        you whisper,
        echos the world,
        my heart repeats.
When you're standing on a mountain,
you can turn and see the world rolling out like waves of earth.
The sun dunks the wildflowers in light,
and when the wind shoves, they sway only a little.
There are streams that mumble down slopes and under small drooping bridges.
Everything's so big around you.
The ground is endless when there are no walls,
and the sky is vast enough to hold it.

Is it any wonder we like maps?
We can pull out a little piece of paper
and suddenly enormity makes sense.
and we can feel
like we know
where we are
in it.
And I'd really like to get my hands on whichever cartographer lost the map to the REST of my life. That would have come in handy.
I'll leave this here.
A note of the poem unwritten
because what I had to say
was too raw
and left trails of blood on the page.

I hope to come back someday,
when things have scarred over—
blood may be too much,
but there is no truth
you shouldn't say.


United States
Current Residence: Taylorsville, UT
Favourite genre of music: Modern Classical, Alternative
Favourite style of art: Bright!
Favourite cartoon character: Creepie Creecher
Personal Quote: Life isn't about perfection--it's about practice.
"A haiku is not just a pretty picture in three lines of 5-7-5 syllables each. In fact, most haiku in English are not written in 5-7-5 syllables at all--many are not even written in three lines. What distinguishes a haiku is concision, perception and awareness--not a set number of syllables. A haiku is a short poem recording the essence of a moment keenly perceived in which Nature is linked to human nature. . . The poem is refined into a touchstone of suggestiveness. In the mind of an aware reader it opens again into an image that is immediate and palpable, and pulsing with that delight of the senses that carries a conviction of one's unity with all of existence. "

-Cor Van Den Heuvel, 1987
The New York Times Book Review

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