diamonds within

July 6, 2017

i gaze into
encrusted skies

above
half moon
pond.

diamonds
within
the water

is what i see.

how could i know
beyond?

this sky feels
like home

the air
like life
long ago.

hubris
greed
denial
myopia
dereliction
disinterest…

he is a coward

August 26, 2015

he once stopped by
and promised to resolve
my shattered bones.

he dried my tears,
placed a candle in my heart,
with no flame.

he proclaimed,
I will never abandon you.
then he left.

he left to have sex
with violence
like John Wayne.

he showed up
again, but never
returned.

 

2006 RV 4/17

Winter Stars

By Sara Teasdale

I went out at night alone;
 The young blood flowing beyond the sea
Seemed to have drenched my spirit’s wings—
 I bore my sorrow heavily.
But when I lifted up my head
 From shadows shaken on the snow,
I saw Orion in the east
 Burn steadily as long ago.
From windows in my father’s house,
 Dreaming my dreams on winter nights,
I watched Orion as a girl
 Above another city’s lights.
Years go, dreams go, and youth goes too,
 The world’s heart breaks beneath its wars,
All things are changed, save in the east
 The faithful beauty of the stars.

Source: Flame and Shadow (1920)
Illustration by Winifred Bromhall (1925)