Reflections, Past and Present

The water carries the mountains

The streams carve out the arteries

the inevitable points of failure

but even in the valleys

those lakes that are not connected

hold the faces of the peaks

of the space between the heavens

and the place where the mountains

slept before they reached for a

higher more dangerous

blue

The water remembers when the mountains were below rather than above

The world has a long memory.


For more memories, long or otherwise, The Guests of Honor, is available here. Its sequel, With Honor Intact, can be found here.

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Millefleurs

the water writhes

when the tadpoles emerge

a thousand bodies

blossoming in the muck

and only one will live

to grow eyes

to reach the shore and

see a thousand other

blossoms fiercely, briefly

dancing

We dance for as long and short as the time we have

Life is important.


For more stories of life, The Guests of Honor, is available here. Its sequel, With Honor Intact, can be found here.