Sunday, February 23, 2014


what's buried in the sand
collapses at high noon
as you dig deeper

and so the answers to all questions
will have that iridescent covering
just out of reach

even as you've committed
to the dig
the tide will shift

and you'll start again

--- e b bortz

(published by Green Panda Press, Mar 7, 2014)

Thursday, February 20, 2014

heading north

road dust
lays down
a re-entry path
is the best i can muster
the cold will come & break
     your bones
     will answer
if there's a sun
to be had
    train your eyes
    for the arc

--- e b bortz

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

earth note 272

big torch key

when big torch goes down
a pattern left in the foreground
leaves the mangrove
to shift for itself
explaining in detail
every coral fragment
shadowing every striped grunt
where even a secret gesture
     will be noted
          & acknowledged

--- e b bortz

Thursday, February 06, 2014

beaks & seagrass polemic

we can learn from the beaks
     no hierarchy
     no billboards
(don't tell me about pecking order
     there are no armies involved)
sharing a tide
is what's obvious

--- e b bortz

(published in earth notes and other poems, Least Bittern Books, 2015)

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

earth note 271


the clouds shift
giving the sun
& a grand entrance
bouncing off the water
getting the attention of the cormorants
looking skyward
like a choir

--- e b bortz