Thursday, April 19, 2012


Yesterday I listened
to the last recorded sounds
of a now-extinct bird
   first calling a mate
      then after a storm took her away
his lone call
and the space where her answer should have been
was so heavy
   O please, O please
   let me find her
   let me hear her voice
silence seemed to say
I've never perceived so much
from an empty moment
and I felt so much regret
for being a human
on this sad earth
that just never saw us coming

Monday, April 2, 2012

it's not so hard to smile
at a stranger
or a friend
to be infected briefly by joy
but they go on
and I feel a heavy
that weighs somber
and thick in silence
or cold darkness