#fbf to Canada this summer-
Setting Free the Captive
I took leave of my bed
on the threshing floor.
Sunlight does not hold
the night for ransom
My eyes were last to see
this caged heart
was flung open long ago
It takes a river to tell the glacier’s story
“Fall and add your tale to the streams.” I’m a seed in cursed soil.
I have no rain to spare.
I’m always with bread,
alone. “Even in your barrenness
There are desert creatures thriving.”
Life forever finds its way.
Two lips can be an oasis,
or a divide.
Spit out the copper coils of your tongue
You’ve dined at ash heaps too long.
It is the mad who deny themselves a banquet seat.
Come taste the dew drops once again.
Why is my heart always the wager
For such high bets?
My friend, there would be no spring
Without winter sacrifices.
Tectonic plates crash created continents.
Life comes forward from the rubble
from the dead places inside of me.
I have split my life open,
An atom rising
A sky god in the clouds.
There is no higher offering
than Meat of the soul.
Love is not a slaughtering yard.
“Then what else do you call a garden?” I blame you not for the scales
grown upon my heart
I forgot they were there until you caused their shedding.
Stripping great piles from this rusted gourd.
All this time I’ve been Flowering in secret
kept even from myself.
One doesn’t have to see a blue jay
to hear its song.
You don’t have to say the word
For love to permeate me.
I feel it surround me
like fingers of the wind.
I have been blinded
far too long.
I’ve learned to
a different way