This I Know

XVI.  This I Know

Sometimes devastation pummels
from a charcoal sky at noon, but
a dark sky doesn’t change day to night.
Night will only come
when earth turns her face from sun.

Proverbs 3:5-16, Joshua 23:14

~K. Ashby
11/30/17

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A Silent Shout

XV.

Anyone can see
those pale curves were molded by a master.
No amount of dust, no darkened corner
can hide the same truth told by the sun
as it sinks into lavender mountains
whose rustling, fragrant trees hug glinting streams,
uncurling ferns, a dragonfly wing:
the creation reveals its creator
with a silent shout.

~K

Anthem

XIV.

When the air chills and the light dims,
Autumn flames, then falls,
All that glory ground into the winter wet earth
With other dead things.
Because in winter
Life lies beneath, devouring death,
Transforming all the rot and worthless things
Until they cradle life, holding it in trust
Until warmth and light return
And the earth breaks open, greens and flowers.
A shout of triumph,
An anthem of joy.

~K

11/16

Next Year’s Fruit

VII.

No, leave that one on the ground.
Don’t be fooled by the ruddy lustre
captivating your tongue’s imagination.
It looks like a crisp bite,
a mouthful of firm flesh and sweet juice.
Turn it over. See where the taut skin thinned,
failed open to marauders.
Leave it. Let it nourish next year’s fruit.

~K

8/2015