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State of Disunion

State of Disunion

In November
I made a pact with the Universe
To let it all Fall
To the ground
All the Dysfunction
Commotion and Static that were only
From what Matters

My Intention to clear away
Structures that no longer Serve
Cutting the Cords that were choking us all
Severing the Ties, forever
With the Conductor and Instructor
Of Master Manipulation
Who magnified and perverted
What otherwise might have been
Normal, Developmental, Learning, Love
For reasons that circle around the Engineer in a whirlwind

Book II began
Ten days into the New Year
Caring, preparing, in New Ways
From a Center that is Sound
No longer part of the echo-chamber
That feeds The Destructor’s
Dizzy Mind and warps his Lens
Finding my wings to be

My Path, Clear
Different from the Ones I guide
No longer doing
What they do best for themselves
Even when it causes them pain
Witnessing, Loving are enough
Showing them how to Fly
So they can find Freedom too
When they are Ready
To unfurl their own winged appendages

Acting on this contract
Not knowing what it would look or feel like
To Witness
The Pain all around me, inside me
Nearly losing one of my own
From Choices Made
For the pain that rippled outward
From a Hurricane
That had been building
Impacting all in its path

Finding the strength to hold on
Let the storm pass
Soil turned up
Tearing down our house
Gutted, Flooded
Everything washed clean
To Build again
Two feet on the ground
To stand, withstand, all that comes next

We live in a smaller
Peace Space
Temporarily here
Healing, Hoping
Making our changes visible
Rebuilding Home anew
Patience for New Structures Rising
That Serve
Our Family


Tiny Threads (2010)

Uncertain of my place
Unfamiliar with the space
Above and around me
The ground too far below
Curled inward
I orbit redundantly
Around myself
A lost and dormant seed
In the wind
Spinning faster awakened by the sun
Spreading my limbs to slow my motion
Reaching out and grabbing hold
Of the tiny threads I can finally see
Part of the greater Mercy

Unraveling (December 2012)

I am unraveling and I like it
Frayed edges, softer
Still woven, one piece, but looser
Parts transparent, thinning
Unstarched, wrinkled
Unraveling slowly, almost mid-life
It feels good, and comfortable for now


July 2012 in Powhatan, LA at the old Moreland Dairy and Pecan Farm.

Sky is the Limit

Sky is the Limit

A photograph of my son, my oldest child, from our November 2010 trip to Fort Davis. Big skies, vast views. It is all possible.

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