Sunday, January 25, 2015

Redwoods at Dawn

House Amongst the Redwood Trees: photo by Frank Schulenburg, 2012

Shafts of night rising
from earth, climb past my front door,
shade my window, vault

past the high arch, lift
the sky with narrow rings of
never-ending green

as golden morning
crowns with light; excited birds
sing out graven night.

(11 January 2014)

Thursday, January 22, 2015


I will be there always
even though you don't know me.

My life will shine in your eyes,
O child of my child.

With your small, quick breaths
I will breathe again,
and when you cry
my faithful heart will again break.

So look for me in the still, high trees;
the green brilliance of the winking sun
will be our secret signal.

You don't know me, but
your soul, your golden love,
your fears and hopes
I will keep safe in my heart,

and in the soft wind will I sing to you
O beautiful child.
I will guard you
as you play.
Look up at dancing spring clouds
and shout your joy skyward
to me!

(8 December 2010)

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Golden-eyed Day

Golden-eyed day
blazing through trees

mockingbirds and blue-jays
to dancing branches, singing

as feathered forms
flash darkly past
and gone in a blinking.

But silence remains:
empty chairs

(13 June 2011)


Fog hangs in bright tents
contagion enfolds
blighted white mist
like driven, lost souls.

But curtains enclose
our dim, soft room,
and lanterns guard
against fog’s ashen gloom.

So build high the fire
to warm us this night;
we'll silently wait for
dawn’s thin, brittle light.

(29 January 2011)

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Saturday, January 17, 2015

You Speak

"I am myself a word spoken by God. Can God speak a word 
that does not have any meaning?" Thomas Merton

You speak
and I breath the air 
that you imagine,

smile, and like the calling bird,
I rise to the sun!

But when my selfish soul
swells with self-
sent hell
you wake me, 
and expel me
from my troubled sleep.

Oh, I yearn for that day
when forgiven and
by your love
I'll steadfastly abide
in your constant light.

(2 February 2012)

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Elegy for Jeanette

Every moment and every event of every man's life on earth plants something in his soul. For just as the wind carries thousands of winged seeds, so each moment brings with it germs of spiritual vitality that come to rest imperceptibly in the minds and wills of men.”  Thomas Merton

The moment you died
I felt a breeze rise
tussle of wind
tumult of 


Nothing is the same.
since your soul
broke through.

My eyes sting
with tears
with grief
with the sharp seeds
of ecstasy.

In the beautiful box
you lay, wrinkled brow
withered hands
by white silk,  
thrall to the embrace
of never ending

And so I leave you
in this shadowed place.

Gaping and dumb,
I can say nothing
but “fare thee well,
oh great soul,
and to heaven
quickly flee!”

(24 January 2013)