featured in the poetry forum July 27, 2023  :: 0 comments

With an inability
To inhabit my life
I’m a cut-out
In a windstorm
A tempered restraint
On a whim
Where re-owning
One’s self
Is the only way
But I sway
To beats unbecoming
And a rhythm
By the night

editors note:

And, yet, to tie this down could be a stifling stability. – mh clay

Old Stone

featured in the poetry forum April 5, 2023  :: 0 comments

Forgotten worlds
Under canopies
Of rainforests
Slipped by time
And grown over
As the old tales
Told by firelight
By the sun gods
And every golden trinket
And absorbed
By a new kind of time
And the truth of things
To the shadows
Of old stone

editors note:

Reason to leave none unturned. – mh clay

A Certain Something

featured in the poetry forum August 8, 2022  :: 0 comments

Addicted to Socrates
Going crazy in cafes
Using colors symbolically
To paint
A perfect picture
Of self-disdain
On the splinters
Of sharp relief
In the overpowering
And the nagging uncertainty
Of the certainty
Of disbelief

editors note:

I’m certain of that, too… I think. – mh clay

In the Morning

featured in the poetry forum February 21, 2022  :: 0 comments

He awoke
Before the light
Remembering her
With a wistful longing
Before the skies
Had turned to ash
Like the eyes
Of the dying
When they were young
And eager
With the hunger
Of the morning
And the sins of sorrow
Buried deeply
In the anticipation
Of welcoming flesh
Excited to be alive
In the glistening
Of another coming

editors note:

Bittersweet, like coffee with two sugars. – mh clay

Thickets of You

featured in the poetry forum October 14, 2021  :: 0 comments

Through bold
Thickets of energy
Into slow passing time
Before that night
When you came to me
In pieces
And on fire
That night you fell
Toward tomorrow
And tumbled down
Between the lines
Of measured necessity
And never ending

editors note:

The hardest path to cut comes by another’s sorrow. (We welcome John P. to our crazy congress of Contributing Poets with this submission. Read more of his madness on his new page – check it out.) – mh clay

To the Coast

featured in the poetry forum June 7, 2021  :: 0 comments

Into calmness
Past the horizontal lines
Of bliss
And the emptiness
Above thin air
Where strangeness
Strikes out
Breaching dimensions
Moving beyond beauty
And the long bare beaches
Of despair
To the rocky
Craggy coast
Where the sea
Is beautifully bleak
And austere

editors note:

No sunscreen needed on this beach. – mh clay

On the Drive to the Shaman

featured in the poetry forum November 25, 2020  :: 0 comments

Over the edge
And straight on through
Into fields
Of ancient geometry
Our inner reflections
Dangling high
On the wandering wing
Of a condor
A helix
Of humming shapes
And cascading colours
Sweeping over
Holy pillars of grandeur
Down the paths
Of the cosmos
Beyond time
As I shrink and expand
Hanging tight to the tail
Of a spirit molecule
Leaving behind
Only the echoes
Of a lone monkey’s

editors note:

Scream as scat in the zephyr zoo. Keep the windows down. – mh clay

Thoughts on a New Spring

featured in the poetry forum October 15, 2019  :: 0 comments

Over the soft edges
Of curiosity
Into the uncertain woods
Of movement
Spontaneity and light
In an atmospheric shimmer
No actual sky
To be seen
In the wasteland of the real
Delicate and ephemeral
We walk on tenderly
Samplers of experience
Voyeurs of modernity
Grasping new from nothing
Where optimism
Is not naive
In the awe of fresh sunsets
And the power
Of a relentless longing
To be free

editors note:

No! Never naïve to push for “Yes!” – mh clay