poetry - n. 1: writing that formulates a concentrated imaginative awareness of experience in language chosen and arranged to create a specific emotional response through meaning, sound, and rythmn 2 a: a quality that stirs the imagination b: a quality of spontaneity and grace

Name: dthaase

Thursday, May 26, 2005

Matter Of Course

a sestina

The college students have left for summer.
Hallways are as let veins with no flow of life –
cleaning fluid, like formaldehyde, scent the bare walls
as sterility signifies loss.
Then, the graveyard in the parking lot –
wood and fabric gravestones of a once-upon-a-time living:

Couch after couch, remainders of subtracted living;
left for the promised cushion of Mistress Summer.
Into her arms they cast their lot,
hoping for the comfortable life,
hoping against loss,
safe within her walls…

Free within her walls,
they play the otter with its oyster-hunt living –
and maybe it’s because they are young that they disregard loss
and dive into the brilliant greens and blues of summer,
laughing, striding, being massaged by life
as they toast one another, “this is our lot.”

Escapees, rescued as was Lot,
from the coming down of walls,
from the ending of life –
into this new land of living,
into this wishfully forever summer –
swerving from the unsheathed sword of loss.

Wild in sorrow is how they define loss
(which of course should be no one's lot).
Diplomats of a foretold summer –
negotiators who can't see walls,
this idealism gone to seed sprouts living –
hopeful in love and the fountain of youthful life.

The future, an animal with no predator, is their life –
the forgotten past, their only loss –
vacations are the model for day-in, day-out living.
They do not ask for a lot –
but to stay young, bound within a nomad's walls,
these profiteers of summer.

Their life is too short not to risk looking past the given lot –
loss will elude them for a time as they do not hide behind walls –
they go on living, these children of summer.

Monday, May 23, 2005


for Ryan Harmon

The Whistler has left the building –
With his aviator stare
and Eighties flare.

So is this what it is to mourn the living –
From summer glare
to winter wear.

The coldness of leaving.

This is the dawn folded into night –
Your then to now
in final bow.

As the farmer moves in plight –
Pulling ground
by the plough,

passing out of sight.

Held by the color of a winsome life –
we sigh.

Caught within all that’s rife –
A cloudless sky
gone awry –

Departure causing inner strife.

Thursday, May 12, 2005

Hide & Seek

a tritina

I'll tell you who
I am, if when
I do, you tell where

you hide, where
you sit in darkness, and who
knows, maybe when

I see your side, as when
daylight starts where
nighttime ends, then who

I seek is who I'll find when you are where I am.

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Kelly Cherry Wrote A Poem Entitled "Reading, Dreaming, Hiding"

She was reading. I was dreaming
The poetic lines. The mind was hiding
In the words and time was swinging
Within a stanza, continually considering gravity.

Time was dreaming in the words. She
Was continually considering gravity. The mind was swinging
Within a stanza, the poetic lines.
I was reading and hiding.

The mind was continually considering gravity and time
Was swinging in the words and within a stanza.
The poetic lines were continually considering gravity, dreaming
In the mind and words. I was reading her.