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Scattered [Dec. 29th, 2013|08:45 pm]
Today my thoughts have decided to scatter the way the leaves scattered weeks ago. Now the leaves lie decaying and I wonder if when I find my thoughts they will be like that— still, dry, slowly disintegrating, finding their way back to soil. I went out and looked at Orion rising from the woods, he nothing more than scattered stars put together by serendipitous perspective and imagination into that sketchy figure of a mythical hero. Even from Earth he will someday fly apart with the universe, but he will probably be forgotten long before then. Perhaps he was someone or something else long ago, and perhaps part of him is part of something or someone else from somewhere else even now.

I see no patterns among the dark leaves lying in my back yard. They will be gone long before Orion or even me. But my thoughts now, those fly apart almost as soon as I become aware of them. They lack the endurance of leaves, let alone stars. I see no patterns in them, either. All I can do is let them flutter into the darkness with not even insects for company on these chilly winter nights. Perhaps they will come back someday and make sense, but for now they are like vague images in dreams that seem to almost mean something but never quite do. But rather than trouble about them, I lie on the leaves and watch the stars beyond the bare branches. There's Orion.

Sunday Verse

For the Sleepwalkers

by Edward Hirsch

Tonight I want to say something wonderful
for the sleepwalkers who have so much faith
in their legs, so much faith in the invisible

arrow carved into the carpet, the worn path
that leads to the stairs instead of the window,
the gaping doorway instead of the seamless mirror.

I love the way that the sleepwalkers are willing
to step out of their bodies into the night,
to raise their arms and welcome the darkness,

palming the blank spaces, touching everything.
Always they return home safely, like blind men
who know it is morning by feeling shadows.

And always they wake up as themselves again.
That's why I want to say something astonishing
like: Our hearts are leaving our bodies.

Our hearts are thirsty black handkerchiefs
flying through the trees at night, soaking up
the darkest beams of moonlight, the music

of owls, the motion of wind-torn branches.
And now our hearts are thick black fists
flying back to the glove of our chests

We have to learn to trust our hearts like that.
We have to learn the desperate faith of sleep-
walkers who rise out of their calm beds

and walk through the skin of another life.
We have to drink the stupefying cup of darkness
and wake up to ourselves, nourished and surprised.


[User Picture]From: saltdawg
2013-12-30 10:22 pm (UTC)
What happened to your rake?
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[User Picture]From: flying_blind
2013-12-31 01:17 am (UTC)
The rake is leaning against the wall gathering cobwebs. It has gone insane and no longer believes itself to be a rake. It believes itself to be a lion in a circus. Now I'm afraid to pick it up because it might maul me or even bite my head off. An insane garden rake is nothing to trifle with. You should see the teeth on that thing!
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