Eleven years shedding skin

drinking deep from the well of rough training.

Intimate with territories of heart-mind

reserved for orphans, widows, exiles.

No skin remains except lush word-filled silence.


This body in winter:

corpse-like under the blanket of night, dreaming;

in summer: jaguar-like, soundless, observant, moving through the humid dark.

I ponder what color Chan robe the Spirit of Time will put on these bones.

Even then...

that thought...

...falls away.


Then there are days like this one

when I wonder if, in some parallel reality,

beyond the great hallway of billowing quantum curtains,

there is another version of me

standing on a high hill with another version of you

overlooking a valley

talking about how the flowers

seem to shimmer in the afternoon light.

(c) 2017 / Frank LaRue Owen (Wandering Stone Lantern) / purelandpoetry.com

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