Friday, January 16, 2009

earth note 117

frozen river memory
tho the cracking is real
and not recent
joining the rest of my narrow
historical bag of references
i've swallowed hard
shouldering skis
i hide above rolling green hills
cloaking misnamed urban definitions
from riviere des prairies/francophone/anglophone
(aboriginals shoved again to the wind)
watching every north-bound empty rail

of silent whistles
prods another voice
.....upon and within
your last touch

--- e b bortz

Sunday, January 04, 2009

sand sculptures from gaza

touched by a hundred brown hands
beach figures gently formed
loving forms
of adolescence
like in santa monica or the jersey shore
the grit of a shared future
who knows
neath the crush of tanks and boots and shrapnel
kicked in and dispersed
piling up with the shattered doors of baghdad
& all the complicit baseless doublespeak
replacing the justice
of reasoning

--- e b bortz