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(photographs: Tom Davis)

Friday, May 11, 2018







the brain is wider than the sky

The brain is wider than the sky,
For, put them side by side,
The one the other will include
With ease, and you beside.

The brain is deeper than the sea,
For, hold them, blue to blue,
The one the other will absorb,
As sponges, buckets do.

The brain is just the weight of God,
For, lift them, pound for pound,
And they will differ, if they do,
As syllable from sound.

Emily Dickinson






Thursday, May 10, 2018








Half the day lost, staring
at this window. I wanted to know
just one true thing

about the soul, but I left thinking
for thought, and now -
two inches of snow have fallen

over the meadow. Where did I go,
how long was I out looking
for you?, who would never leave me,
my withness, my here.

Kate Knapp Johnson, The Meadow






Wednesday, May 10, 2018







what is this face

What is this face, less clear and clearer
The pulse in the arm, less strong and stronger -
Given or lent? more distant than stars and nearer than the eye.

from T.S.Eliot, Marina






Tuesday, May 9, 2018







life, in pink

you look at me and I look away
your smile, it comes and goes
i see you as you surely are
and life is a pink rose

you speak your love in silence, or
a normal angel's prose
and I feel, oh, I don't know what
but life is a pink rose

here I am. within your arms
I know what heaven knows
I know you from inside my heart
and life is a pink rose

so you are I and we are you
in one sweet quelquechose
there is no end to this midnight love
and life is a pink rose

Tom Davis, after (and a long way behind) Edith Piaf, La vie en rose







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