Where We Chime

There’s no talk of revolution
it’s all resolutions by prisoners
of time. Led by unnatural rhymes
every year inspired to begin
at the ending, the fire
peters out in the cold, no
stellar underpinning in the time
of war. Our calendar ignores
the natural beats: our breath,
our heart the door of true
perception interrupted by
a clock. Tick-tock anxiety
society: what will you manifest
this year? You’re stressed
to count the ways you’re
blessed within the cruel
cage that no one sees
or mentions. Well, I’m not
grateful for the living wage,
I cannot play inside these years,
walking lockstep toward the
inescapable past, looking for
one thing that’s changeable.
Funhouse mirrors reflect all
our illusions, on call as if
there’s some other place to go.
Some other heart to know.
There’s no appointment for
tomorrow. Unfettered now
bestows each breath, each
pulsing beat and we reflect
light shimmering
inside of skin. Like trees
reaching for ancestral stars
sparkling the heavens
where we chime
outside of time.

Inspired by: Ending, Stellar, Reflect and Begin and some gorgeous trees at my favorite park.

Listen to this on soundcloud!

The Time Is Now

The calendar of days marching
you lockstep,
triumphal arch
built by minutes–you’re stuck in it–
you schlep,
guided by those ticking hands,
a creature clocked
in some belated way
you understand.

I’m asking you to sit
outside of time
I invoke the higher powers
dazzle you with rhyme
that doesn’t fit
into the scheme
yet flourishes inside
your vivid dreams.

This address we inhabit
our unique code
is as flexible as agate
–say it isn’t so,
say that a stone
holds clear and deep
in a way we can’t perceive
much less believe.
Much like the trees or
any other matter
that bes.

With just one word, we stop short.
It jars us
from the normal retort.
We open now,
where we’re contracted
frightened by the ones
we call bad actors.
Expanding here
our breath the start
allowing what emerges
heart to heart.

Inspired by: Invoke, Address, Flourish and Belated. And that bright full moon this morning (12/12) at 12:12 (which led me to think about all the constraints of time!) And a magical conversation with Erin Heart Woman.

Soundcloud recording here.