Wednesday, March 25, 2009

The Story Teller

Christ tells me stories
that stick in me head
on quiet evenings
when the list of things I need to do
runs onto a second page.
Christ tells me stories
with a slow pace,
full of vivid, superfluous details
and large characters.

Alexis asks for help getting up
he grips my arm in one hand
and a cane in the other.
He tells me where to go:
left, right and between chairs.
He tells me he walks by the mercy of God,
angels appear everywhere he goes
they help him—this isn’t a theory
he knows this, he lives it.
I walk with him to the bathroom.
He walks slowly, arrhythmically
with frequent pauses;
he tests my patience.

Christ tells me stories within stories;
confusing stories shared over coffee,
or on smoke breaks.
Christ tells me stories
that need to be processed slowly.

At an art show they hand out fancy h’ordeurves:
bacon-wrapped dates, lavender truffles and herb pastries.
There’s free coffee.
The painter talks a lot with his hands.
His daughter hangs on one shoulder.
The painter tells me about a tree in his back-yard
that broke in a winter wind-storm.
The daughter mentions that it was a hawthorn tree.
The painting shows a branch on the ground
with fading colors disappearing into a dark gray.
The tree stands up the left side
with another branch reaching over top
with bright reds and oranges.
He points to the distance between the two branches.
His daughter shows her braces and smiles big
as they tell me about spring in Walla Walla.

The sun is wandering up the mountains behind Vancouver.
They look like they’ve been kissed
by someone who’s just eaten a powdered donut.
Christ is still telling me stories.
I don’t understand them,
but they stick in my head.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Dead Rats and Starlings

[So I realized I hadn't updated this in nearly a month, and that I hadn't written a new poem in over month so I took time out of studying (actually watching the Colbert Report) to write this. Tell me what you think.]

There are eagles in the fields along I-5.
I pretend I don’t know why they’re there.
I make up reasons for them to be down on the ground:
he just got tired of flying
and who wouldn’t with the wind today,
he’s curious, probably saw something shiny.

But that’s not why they’re down there,
they’re scavenging,
probably eating dead rats or starlings
that could have been dead a week or more.

But I don’t want to think about eagles that way
they aren’t coyotes—their noble and majestic,
so I make up stories about them.
I’d rather have an inspiring picture
than a disillusioning reality.