Sea Winds

“Where can a blind man go who is pursued by bees?” Pablo Neruda

He knows not to go in the clover patch. He can smell its sweetness and cannot enter. His forgotten place he longs for— along the shore of the Mediterranean with wind moving in his hair.

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dVerse prompt on questioning in poetry. Answering Neruda.

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Sea Winds

Four Questions

“Where can you find a bell that can ring in your dreams?” Pablo Neruda

Is there a water clock of life? The time goes on in dream and in your day so who can say what force drives you on? Is it the passage of time or in that moment when there is no time?

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dVerse prompt to build on a question. Just saw a water clock in Agora Athens so wondering about how water was used to drive time forward by hydraulics.

Four Questions

Lost and Found

Just be aware

of the pickpockets

in Athens

on the train

people in front of the doors

that won’t open

now a hand has unzipped

a purse and wallet coming out

caught in the act

thieves working

planned target

move away unsuccessful

A purse is left

at Fortaleza de Sagres

in Portugal

when realized

you run back to where it is

a man sees you running

follows and speaking French

tells you that his wife

has found your bag

you can speak French

bag returned

new friends from Paris

Lost and Found

Eruption

Plumes of ash

hot rocks under foot

we climb up to Mt Etna

no earthquake today

the air quivers with sound

of explosions underground

vent and spew on your own time

change can come quickly

expect the expectable

in a world of the predictable

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dVerse prompt to write a quadrille using the word quiver. Went to Mt Etna, an active volcano in Sicily.

Eruption

Catania

  

Bell towers all chiming at the same time

noontime 

terra cotta rooftops

Ionian Sea in the distance

chime of 12– pause then 1

it is 12:15 now

my children took a last walk

to the elephant square

and I am writing poetry about Catania

earthquakes and volcanoes

can’t stop her

she pulls the good from the destruction 

“Black City” where the bricks and tiles

are made from lava stone

everyone waits for the next big eruption

“Not today,” they say, “not today.”

Catania

In Albania

In Albania

we visit the Jonathon Center

dance with the children

who are celebrating a birthday

This is the house where Mother Teresa’s mother

and sister lived during Communism

Mother Teresa was not allowed into the country

they said she was a spy

When Communism fall in Albania

Mother Teresa returned

put flowers of forgiveness on the grave

of the dictator and then went to her mother’s grave

When her mother was living

people would have coffee with her

they could not talk about God

there was no God in Albania

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stories from Albania

In Albania