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The Heart of the Forest


I frequently walk
the same trail; it starts
like so many other trails
with a sign. The undergrowth
of salal gives way to huckleberry
periodically, all under the canopy
of fir, alder, and madrona. There
are four loops that make up this
trail like four chambers of my heart.
I am somewhat embarrassed to say
how much I love it here; me, circulating
like a corpuscle in the heart of the woods.
Sometimes when I dream
I see seeds of pulsing light
glow in the trail dust
beating in swaying synchrony
with these pillars
of my universe.


*Re-edited 11/5/2016

ebb and flow of matter


I used to think
that it was the dark shadows
out there
that were carving me up,
leaving the ever-disappearing
remainder of matter to call myself.

It occurred to me recently
that it was the light
in me
that was expanding my definition
out of the surrounding dark matter.

It now occurs to me
after listening to my heart
expand and contract
over and over
that it just
doesn’t matter.