Poem: Introduction to Discovery

 

You touched me

You touched me  the way

I wanted you to

The way I wished you would

You read my mind,

—And you touched me

 

Your fingers moved along the ridges

of my galaxy in search of the ignition:

old crate of dynamite

hidden in the shed

sweats with glycerin

delicate to movement

so my love is for you

 

Drop that box, start a bang,

kick start a star to life!

 

Use all fingers to read me

as a mystery novel

written in Braille,

every bump, knob and dip

a conjunction closer to knowing

the riddle of Eve

 

Hubble_view_of_barred_spiral_galaxy_Messier_83
This new Hubble image shows the scatterings of bright stars and thick dust that make up spiral galaxy Messier 83, otherwise known as the Southern Pinwheel Galaxy. One of the largest and closest barred spirals to us, this galaxy is dramatic and mysterious; it has hosted a large number of supernova explosions, and appears to have a double nucleus lurking at its core.

 

 

Poetry: Universal Love

The 2012 “Phrasings in Word + Dance” is on!  Bellingham Repertory Dance presented its sixth annual collaboration with Chuckanut Sandstone Writers Theater this weekend.  What a great three days of art and insight. Carla and the BRD company have outdone themselves, again.  

This year I was selected, along with 5 other poets, to write a poem inspired by the dance film “Welcoming Clyde”, produced by Pam Kuntz, featuring BRD dancer Kate Stevenson.  It follows Kate dancing through her first pregnancy with grace and beauty, narrated by her husband.  The grand finale: Kate dances with her baby boy Clyde in her arms!  It’s a moving piece with beautiful photography.  The poems were matted & displayed on the fireplace mantle at the Firehouse.
Here is my submission:

Universal Love

Fathering life
Magnets towards center

 

Cosmic stirring pot
Circular orbits until
Gravity compels form

 

Mothering ingredients
Building hope
Holding, protecting
while this new galaxy
swirls into creation

 

Son our sun
Your parts divide, growing
Reverse mitosis~
you bring us closer

 

Family of stars
Directionally dependant
Tossed around like
A dryer set on delicate

 

Nine months you grow
Three worlds combining
Brought together by love’s gravity

Tonight, a new light shines in the sky!