Saturday, December 28, 2013

the mourning dove

winter solstice 12/21/13

A male dove nearby calls 20x

in a row, rushed. He gets no 
response. Mate gone or rather
the signs of known scarcity, or
a last war song before battle?

The longest night and dry, a warm valley 

breeze and strong noon sun. Together on
the sandy shore, barefoot and needing
hats to block the Pacific's reflection: I pro-
mised to dance for rain and worship water.

To celebrate the winter solstice, we lit

candles and blew out as a wave after
the poet read her poem with audience 
participation: "Earth Fire Water Air"
and young children kept their flames.

How to survive as the most hunted 

bird in North America? Lay lots fer-
tile eggs and grow up at a young age.
Sing a sweet, sad melody in the eve-
ning and figure out how to flee quick-

ly like the pair of doves now flying,

far from the coyotes who have be-
gun the return to their part of the 
story, with porpoises and mountain 
lion (hidden from human and dog.)

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Here below is an addendum to get out, air any harboring anger and resentment...maybe I'll edit and add to it later, turn it into a slam poem to compete -since Oakland is hosting the 2014 National Poetry Slam on August 5-9, 2014! Or this could become a song with the first sentence also the refrain:

I am truth looking inside
you. The late night porn
throbbing like shopping
sprees, the Target vio-
lations of credit security
everywhere email compro-
mises, addresses, cell
phone, GPS coordinates.

All that and your inheritance,
your need for gun ammunition.
I am of the American dreams.
I am your denial, your fester 
swept under the rug silent,
your clean backyard with
tall fences, no leaf litter
and over-watered lawns.


photo: Rodeo Beach, Marin Headlands 12/28/13
The 5-pointed star aka a star pentagon or pentagram originated in ancient Sumer, in southern Mesopotamia (modern Iraq) Sumerian is the language/native tongue which was spoken from at least the 4th millennium BC. Later on religions adopted the 5-pointed star, mostly western - Christianity and also neopaganism.

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