restless day break of tension memories.
what does it mean to know what to do?
what does it mean to want to be alive?
what does it mean to consent to being alive?
if only there could be true understanding.
then forgiveness and peace would be easy.
and harmony and co-operation would follow.
and that should be what we learn in school.
hippos shuffle their midnight bodies
through the stars of questions.
they are not in the past or future.
but it feels like past and future
is all there is.
many fires by the water lined along the shore
camping sounds and stories and songs
ancient rhythm of the waves––
when the tide rolls in the fires will wash away.
swans drifing on the pond
water so still like a mirror every swan
looks like two swans one right side up
and the other upside down so many swans
falling to the ground now and then a meteor
or piece of space ice caught by earth
bringing some small change to the planet––
space so large we can’t imagine our place.