Saturday, May 26, 2012

Light; Roots; Dead Follicles

for Shay
A branch of our 10 year old geranium
broke off due to hanging over the ledge
at a stressful angle
I snipped it clean with a sharp scissors
and immersed it in clear water
albeit in a magnificent hanging vase
and even though our light is limited
soon there were roots anew, galore
D. Zep 5-26-12


Dawn breaks over the Odd Fellows 5-25-12

In A Dark Time

In a dark time, the eye begins to see,
I meet my shadow in the deepening shade;
I hear my echo in the echoing wood—
A lord of nature weeping to a tree.
I live between the heron and the wren,
Beasts of the hill and serpents of the den.
What's madness but nobility of soul
At odds with circumstance? The day's on fire!
I know the purity of pure despair,
My shadow pinned against a sweating wall.
That place among the rocks—is it a cave,
Or a winding path? The edge is what I have.

A steady storm of correspondences!
A night flowing with birds, a ragged moon,
And in broad day the midnight come again!
A man goes far to find out what he is—
Death of the self in a long, tearless night,
All natural shapes blazing unnatural light.

Dark, dark my light, and darker my desire.
My soul, like some heat-maddened summer fly,
Keeps buzzing at the sill. Which I is I?
A fallen man, I climb out of my fear.
The mind enters itself, and God the mind,
And one is One, free in the tearing wind.

"In A Dark Time" by Theodore Roethke, from Collected Poems. © Knopf Doubleday, 1961

The YIBAWEan official emblem
admits full light of day
or presides darkly, unilluminated, by night.
It is there when we need it.

We know it is there, just as our auto license plate
has proclaimed and reminded sharers of the road
for many years.

Yes I'm Bald And What Else?

The stained glass emblem in our current window has graced other domiciles.  It was made by the late lamented Dee and Bob Heeschen
of St. Paul MN and presented to us with the gusto of their chosen word, 'HEY'.  I served in the US Army with Bob in Chicago, 1958 -1962.
A recent photo taken in Waukesha shows Bob is still only a Friend of the Bald (FOB).  But a GOOD one!