Sunday, April 17, 2016


My poem, "Black," was recently published by the online journal Riverbabble. The poem was inspired by a five-day silent meditation retreat I did at the Vedanta Society of Northern California's Olema retreat.


I have dwelt in the blackbird                                       

in the lowering light I watch a lone deer
cross the dry grass, tail

the same black as the crows which keep
calling from far-off trees, columns 

of black 
last night, no stars, 
another bad dream
my pupil in the mirror, the bull in the field

the quail’s single black head-feather
bobbing near the bush with the black-
striped bees

this poem—black cursive in a black journal

beside me, blackberries

picked along the path

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