Open Space

 

At ninety three a life is simplified.

Soon after dawn awake, a shower, a slow

walk up the drive – the paper fetched, a shave,

porridge, a cup of tea. He’s not alone –

a partnership of over sixty years,

in golden light she sits with him, transfigured.

Heidegger philosophised a clearing –

an open space within a forest – rigour

marked his thinking, no necessity

for proof, instead a discipline – from darkness

light, in hiddenness a radiance.

My fathers sees a cloudy sky – an ark

of dark divinity – all that is human

replicated in all that is inhuman.

 

Portraits

 

Above the piano – portraits – bulbs –

a kingdom – near. A pilgrimage.

My Grandmother – weeping –

recognition – a commonality.

The birds – each singing – dawn

and dusk – a thousand years –

like yesterday – a song forever

new. A die is cast – identity

is found within – a face –

shining – infinite – a destiny.

 

Humanity

 

The earth – old and mighty – hesitant –

humanity – lightening strikes – a tree

transformed – this – our influence –

a passing storm – ten thousand generations –

measureless – the years beyond – waves

inbreaking – a sea profound – and yet –

a hurricane – incarnate – anthropocene –

a consequence – transfiguration – perhaps –

untuned – humanity – the earth responds –

a martyr – unmeasured – limitless.

 

Setting

 

Orange, orange, orange, orange, orange,

orange, orange, orange, orange, orange,

orange, orange, orange, orange, orange,

red, red, red, red, red, red, red, red, red, red,

red, red, red, red, red, red, red, red, red, red,

red, red, red, red, red, red, red, red, red, red,

violet, violet, violet, violet, violet, violet,

purple, purple, purple, purple, purple,

purple, purple, purple, purple, purple,

purple, purple, purple, purple, purple,

white, black, black, white, black, black, black,

black, white, black, black, white, black, white,

black, white, black, white, black, black, white,

black, white, white, black, black, white, black.

 

After dark

 

After dark – my wife inside – our black

cat near – seeing a star – sitting in my

tabernacle – interiors – a candle –

the outside world – deep – profound –

exteriors – my neighbours fight – beyond –

a solitude – what is this life – my father

looks out – sees the passing planes – comments

on the boats returning – sunlit – in the

afternoon – each morning after waking –

he sits upon his bed – looking out

his window at the harbour – so near –

the heavenly realms – blessed with every

spiritual blessing – chosen before the

foundation of the world – in love.

 

Possibilities

 

Seeing – but not entering – thus

the Torah ends – two possibilities –

one of history – one of necessity –

each year – with dancing – God’s people

celebrate – the rain returns – a river

fresh and new – most stories have a

beginning and an end – not here – incomplete –

fragmentary – perhaps it’s like a wedding day –

promises made – each one in love –

a canopy of joy – all join the dance –

fulfilled – this is what the Lord says –

I remember the devotion of your youth –

how as a bride you loved me

and followed me through the wilderness

through a land not sown.