Author Archives: CF

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Feather Dancer

              I, a quetzal feather, a bird of the flowering water, I flow in celebration.   “Teponaztli Drum Song” Cantares Mexicanos #50 Nezahualcoyotl (Hungry Coyote)  

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On a Roll

      Faster and faster it rolled . . . head over heels, one complete somersault after another like a bagel and strangely happy with [it]self.   “The Bagel” David Ignatow  

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Slow Release

          O hushed October morning mild, Begin the hours of this day slow . . . Beguile us in the way you know; Release one leaf at break of day; At […]

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Leviathan

  Hapless mariners are they, Who beguil’d (as seamen say), Deeming him some rock or island, Footing sure, safe spot, and dry land, Anchor in his scaly rind; Soon the difference they find; Sudden plumb, […]

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Swallowtail

    Beyond the park, there were fields, with a continuous shimmer of butterfly wings over a shimmer of flowers . . . which now rapidly pass by me in a kind of colored haze, […]

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Summer’s End

There comes a warning like a spy A shorter breath of Day A stealing that is not a stealth And [Summer is] away —   And thus, without a Wing Or service of a Keel […]

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Pegasus

Oh, a wonderful horse is the Fly-Away Horse – Perhaps you have seen him before; Perhaps, while you slept, his shadow has swept Through the moonlight that floats on the floor. . . .   […]

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News: Family Band

Music is a door, An escape to a different world. . . . It starts off empty and colorless, and escalates to something more, your own world.   “Music” Cecilia Perner   My composite photo […]

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Pocket Sandwich

          A pocket with a hole in it . . . What is a pocket but a hole?   “Pockets” Howard Nemerov  

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Glass Fish

        Here we have thirst and patience, from the first, and art, as in a wave held up for us to see in its essential perpendicularity . . .   “An Egyptian […]

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Surfside

      A flower of waves blossoms in the distance and ripples shoreward as though a breeze had quickened the sea and set it blooming.   “Four Poems: #3” Lady Ise  

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News: Soulmates

      Are you looking for me? I am in the next seat. My shoulder is against yours.   Kabir Translated by Robert Bly       Soulmates, from my Both Sides Now series, […]

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Barrier

        God lives on the other side . . . but through the slit where the barrier doesn’t quite touch ground, manages still to squeeze in – as filtered light, splinters of […]

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Ball Toss

            [The Lord will] toss thee like a ball into a large country . . .   Isaiah 22:18 Holy Bible, KJV

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Aztec Dancer

              [W]e must shake the rattle of rhyme to deceive time and wake the soul.   “The Earth with a New Mist” A Tree Within Octavio Paz

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Juggling Act

          It takes a sky-blue juggler with [six] red balls To shake our gravity up.   “The Juggler” Richard Wilbur  

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News: Both Sides Now

    The leading and oldest photographic establishment in this city is that of which Mr. F. D. Moon is the esteemed proprietor. . . . He is a thorough master of his profession . […]

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Private Eye

        I am silver and exact. I have no preconceptions. Whatever I see I swallow immediately Just as it is, unmisted by love or dislike.   “Mirror” Sylvia Plath  

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Carnival

            The walls grow luminous and warm, the walls Tremble and glow with the lives within them moving, Moving like music, secret and rich and warm.   “The House of […]

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Gorilla

          Animal face, when the lines of human fear, knots of a net, become transparent and your brilliant eyes and velvet muzzle are revealed, who shall say you are not the […]