Saturday, May 20, 2006

Something to Scream About

Things I Have Lost

Where have you gone—
slit clean in five minutes
when your walls expanded
to fit the boy—young, proud
and raw, like a newborn creature
searching for the breast. And, I was
the amusement park ride where the small,
8-passenger boats pass through, where
Pirates search for stolen jewels, coins,
gold-trimmed goblets, reams of silk.
Oh, how men line up like eager boats
for the 20-foot drop, the waterfall,
yearn to feel their stomachs drop
their hearts race, to feel the splash and spray
at the sudden dark depths,
until all that remains is the tender throb,
and the sound of their own voices
banging against the cave walls
like the pulse of a machine.

Saturday, May 13, 2006

In Memoriam

For Jen

Salvadore the Cat


Sunday, May 07, 2006

Letting it Out

If you tuck the name of a loved one
under your tongue too long
without speaking it
it becomes blood
the little sucked-in breath of air
hiding everywhere
beneath your words.

No one sees
the fuel that feeds you.

--Naomi Shihab Nye, "Hidden"

Monday, May 01, 2006

Totem Animals

I scored as DEER:

You are the Deer. You tend to be very gentle with other animals of your domain and are also considered the innocent one, which is a good thing. You tend to be able to perceive more than others, which is a handy skill.

Deer: 100%,
Eagle: 100% Dog: 92% Salmon: 83% Crow: 83% Fox: 75% Bear: 67% Wolf: 67% Stag: 58% Dragon: 58% Horse: 50% Ram: 50% Bull: 42% Snake: 42%

Which animal totem best suits you?