heat from an angry sun…

smoke from distant fires.

so what is it

that i am doing here?

hoping to erase

two recent deaths —

the suicide of one brother,

the slow, withering death

of the other?


i hunt down the pain,

find it beside this river

now dry from drought,

beneath the dying bay trees,

big leaf maples, beneath

sycamore and cottonwood,


even the isolated pools

that reliably held water

for stranded trout

until the first fall rains —

now even those miracles


are gone,

their flash-magic in

sun-dappled water

turned dull in the dust.


dizzy with heat

i sit in rock shadow,

swig tepid water

from a plastic bottle.


i force my eyes

to search

the trail ahead.


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I've been writing mostly poetry for many years and have gotten a number of works accepted in publications and anthologies. I'm most interested in communicating with poets for whom craft is a high priority. I enjoy finding and commenting on poetic gems in other people's work. For my own work, I welcome polite comments, whether positive or critical.

4 thoughts on “heat from an angry sun…”

  1. “Beneath the dying bay trees” … love this line, for how it sounds as well as Nature echoing ever-so-human lives. There is so much barren futility and sadness here, yet courage in hunting “down the pain.” You also “search the trail ahead” in the midst of such pain and tragedy, to nonetheless look forward, so it is not without hope or optimism. Hearing it read, I nearly cried. ~Peri

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  2. This poem is brilliant in demonstrating how pain reaches an emotional peak inside of us. You visually represent that too in what you see and feel around you (or rather the emptiness you find in the physical world). The ending represents the reality…that we must look for clarity ahead in order to move on. Really well done!


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