DESERT RIDE

featured in the poetry forum November 26, 2023  :: 0 comments

scattered clouds
cactus parts
peppered signs
footprints
animal tracks
wind noises
lost directions
this way
misplaced parts
low moon
light flash
distant thunder
nervous air
sand and sand
faint wishes
broken glass
which way
another place
no answers
all alone

editors note:

It’s a tragic trek to wander here. – mh clay

A MILLION STARS

featured in the poetry forum July 14, 2023  :: 0 comments

he was born to
turn the other way

cloudy eyes
stormy hair
half smile
angels have
outlawed him

his shrine
is the ghosts
yet to be
unpacked

he follows
stone walls
and great trees
stepping into
the shadows
where he
appears thin

editors note:

Whose haunts are we. – mh clay

TURNING

featured in the poetry forum April 10, 2023  :: 0 comments

it was a
reflection

not the actual
person I knew
but the style
and walk
had me
turn

putting pause
onto my eyes,
changing my
direction

gazing
on the remember

as it washed onto
the shoreline of
memory

the reflection
I thought
was you

editors note:

We’ve all seen and been seen to remember. – mh clay

USE MY ARMS

featured in the poetry forum August 26, 2022  :: 0 comments

use my arms

to hold back
the wind

to open all
your doors

to carry
the umbrella

to bring you
breakfast

to carry your
coat

to bring in the
birthday cake

to hold your
favorite books

to collect the
shells we love

to dance
for no reason

to carry the
flowers you grow

editors note:

To have is to hold. – mh clay

I HAVE YOUR SHADOW

featured in the poetry forum April 2, 2022  :: 0 comments

a curious passing
breeze is blessed
by her whispers

there’s a reflection,
an uncovering,
a moment of being
elsewhere

she pauses,
releasing a modest
smile

they speak of dreams
and how ripples
in a still pond
eventually reach
their shorelines

he recognizes
the mercy of an
open hand

editors note:

More than having one’s back… – mh clay

RIPTIDE

featured in the poetry forum December 6, 2021  :: 0 comments

why,
is the other
side of the
question,
answered

the space
between stones,
the sound of
words breaking
away from the
ordinary

it starts early
morning,
a hand to the
wind,
while standing
on the edge of
vision

where smoke from
a fire
walks the air,
searching for the
symptoms to be
cured

editors note:

Only way through is sideways. – mh clay

NIGHT CANDLES

featured in the poetry forum August 2, 2021  :: 0 comments

street lights,
weak and bland,

exposing those
browsing
and
those desiring

gods and
goddesses
loitering,
bending into,
leaning away,
guarding carefully
hushed exchanges

they walk
and turn,
shadows following
to the next light
where hearts wait
to be wanted

editors note:

What all of us deities desire. – mh clay

NIGHT WORDS

featured in the poetry forum January 23, 2021  :: 0 comments

ethereal parchment
whispered
within the linen
of darkness folded
into the breath
of careful
thought

captured through
the lens,
a print of
shadows
holding tight
the air
within a circle
at the crossroads
up ahead

editors note:

Listen… Shhh… You can almost make them out… – mh clay

CLIMBING THE MOON

featured in the poetry forum September 11, 2020  :: 0 comments

an image within a song
showing up before you arrive
appearing bigger in the eyes
of yourself and where you are

on a front porch
as a door opens
like the words
you push in the swing
at days end
and a front light
forming a circle
where dew and toys
share space

while night
holds its breath
as wishes and dreams
climb over the moon
to the other side

editors note:

When moonlight makes image into wish, a view come true. – mh clay

NOT JUST ANYBODY

featured in the poetry forum May 7, 2020  :: 0 comments

there’s an
opportunity of
attitude

to go the
other way
avoiding the
lines

to immediately
impose on
something to
believe in
without striving

receiving the
interest
of everything
you’re out of

becoming more
than anybody
not just an
everybody
leaving the
rough road
behind

editors note:

On your road to self-discovery, who do you think you are? – mh clay