POEM: Sunrise Beach

people stagger down to sunrise beach,
like a zombie horde,
bed creases still fading

Sunworshipers —
in the literal sense —
not the kind seeking some shade of bronze

and what better to honor?
should the sun fail to shine
we’re eight minutes from our midnight
should it disappear altogether
we would hurl away,
an ice block
to be slung about by gravitational fields
or to simply careen into some other
unsuspecting block of ice or iron

except for vents from our molten core
all energy begins in that solar furnace
all green leaves
all creatures who eat the green leaves
all the creatures who eat the creatures who eat the green leaves
all fired by that grand fusion

DAILY PHOTO: Kashmiri Campsite

Taken in August of 2016 along the Naranag – Sonamarg Trail [i.e. The Kashmir Great Lakes Trek]

DAILY PHOTO: Bird on a Rock, Kashmir

Taken in August of 2016 on the Naranag – Sonamarg route

POEM: Gravity’s Conspirator

trunk bent at a right angle
and leaning to the south

yet, that tree shows no struggle

every second — day and night
gravity summons it to the ground

it’s survived more than a few monsoons
puddles and soggy soil
have conspired with gravity
the wind has conspired
climbing animals have conspired
alighting hawks and crows have conspired
the boy who crawled out the horizontal limb and swung conspired

for years they have conspired

but the tree rarely so much as trembles

it’s doomed, but that knowledge holds no sway

and when i sit,
centered to thwart gravity,
i still feel the dogged pull
though its only conspirator is
my mind

DAILY PHOTO: Trail in the Woods

Taken in April of 2011 in Panola Mountain State Park