Reach

To you, you alone I speak now,

Reach out, place hope

Before I end

Which is to say

Before I never was

My vain attempts

At a separate sanctuary

Fumbled

Failed

Only you can hear me, save me,

And I, you.

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Mayfly

This past month of September, a difficult, shifting month, has felt like a lost month for me, as if my supply lines of inspiration have been strangled, twist by twist of the faucet.  A dull period of tiredness and anxiety, the two intertwined, disrupted external circumstances meshed with seasonal change and inner, underlying summer fatigue.

And as the perspective returns like it must. with the new stability of a season at peace with itself, strong sunbeams angled on different parts of the walls and paintings, renewed strength, there is a slight, temporary reluctance at first to look back in clear light on the past days, unfulfilled, stunted interactions, moments half-lived, piled unbreathing upon each other.

And though I feel as if I’ve been in flight for days and weeks, unable to land, to look anywhere but beyond, the return is always possible, ready….and no matter how far along a darkened path of conviction I have taken, the return to the start is always only one step backwards, as if the opening of the path has followed along behind the walking of it.

Flight, flight, flight has been the story of this life, the story of things feared, fled and then a return to this clear resting point….and like the albatross, so much more time spent at sea than at rest, just a handful of recollections in a whole life.  And the return is a return to knowing the full size of a day, its length, depth, height…dimensions uncurtailed by thought’s short reach, pretend sight.

And it is a return to the community of things, living and still, around me.  The trees resting in the park today, at ease in their green Sunday dress, the children, the parents, the conversations (“We must have an open dialogue” said one young mother to her husband, as they discussed something important while their child played in the sand…they joked a little later).

The day, three quarters over, feels as if it has been running for a lifetime, a life in a day, mayfly in autumn…I can’t even see the start any longer and still so much more ahead.  There is such a slow progression, a climbing within a falling, a spring within an autumn, and confidence again, for now, in this gait and gaze.

autumn

Lost Worlds

“Not something I’ll ever know” he thought, driving away from the conference centre, around the grassy edges of the empty parking lot, peering over the wheel beneath some untidy bushes that had once been tidy, wondering what it might be like to lie there for a while, inside their little worlds of twigs and stems.

Cradling

Raising the backs of your little hands against your eyes
As you accept with fright in your little chest, tears held in
That your Daddy must say goodbye at nursery gates
Turning slightly, half to me, half away,
Turning, learning, feeling a dimension greater than me
A cradling that has held me all these years as it will you
Finding your feet, finding your ground, my boy.