Someday whether it be when the sun's fingers hook the horizonor night planets reflect their gaze upon your eyes
you too will walk away.
Finally uttering your last breath like a poem's end or a moanyou too will send a long shiver of delight
up the skeleton's back, joining
crystal bone to clean air.
In this moment, as the silver fish of memoryscatter in the sudden move, as longed for tomorrows
tremble out of their tree, winging away
you will lie or stand at lastin that precious interval between then and later
in that pauseyou will lie or stand
apocatastasis: 1/ the state of being restored or re-established; restitution2/ the doctrine that Satan and all sinners will ultimately be restored to God.
To see the bird each dayfeed it peanuts
will chirp in greetingas your hand reaches
or gently, repetitively,rocks the limb with voice
inclining you toward throwing
Slippered feet across carpet.then sudden sight--
the rare bird on dead limb,
the brilliant red, scarlet head
and white, white body
blocked by blue/black wings--
this thing danglesfor seconds then gone
leaving in its wake
the space of its being, having been
so now, the eyes look.
To an Earlier Mentor
I have left you because my darlingyour thorny suit so suitable
to my earlier age
requires of me an armorthat interferes with l’amor
you say it that way
and in the space since thenI have taken off the suit
so suitable to an earlier age
and lain among the grassestheir green billowing
enough in my haired ears
enough I have lainand in among the blades
of those who carry the armor
I have seen the heartbleed
so now we must put it down,let go
just as you taught mefrom the suit of armor
so suitable so long ago.
Charlene Jones has been a practicing psychotherapist and meditation teacher for thirteen years. In addition, Charlene writes for the Musselman’s Lake Residents Association website (here), is the Musselman Lake Correspondent for the Stouffville Free Press, and is at work on her first novel. She has two books of poetry to her credit, as well as several individual poems published in many North American magazines.
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