Category Archives: Poems

Prophecy by Pauli Murray

Powerful 1969 poem by Pauli Murray, still relevant. I sing of a new American Separate from all others, Yet enlarged and diminished by all others. I am the child of kings and serfs, freemen and slaves, Having neither superiors nor … Continue reading

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La Bloga

First publication of the year, “Condemned”, published on La Bloga, “The world’s longest-established Chicana Chicano, Latina Latino literary blog.” Edward Vidaurre, Poet Laureate of McAllen, TX, read at the Austin Poetry Society’s Open Mike earlier this month. To continue the … Continue reading

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Grey Brother

Gray Brother Grey Brother comes, speaking to me and I listen for I know that if I do not, he will act in my name, with my face, and people will claim it was me that did it when I … Continue reading

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Shape Shifter

Shape Shifter “The desert is the ultimate labyrinth.” — Arab proverb The stars have gone all strange. The compass wanders and will not hold. The dunes shift in the night, and if I’m not watching, again in the day. Lost … Continue reading

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There’s No Before Cancer

There’s No Before Cancer Surgery or chemo does not mark the beginning of the fight against cancer. Human immune systems routinely eliminate up to a million traitorous cancer cells everyday. You have always been fighting cancer and, up until recently, … Continue reading

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The Grammar of Juggling

The Grammar of Juggling What started with a few smooth stones, expanded: backwards, inside out, with more and fewer stones; gathering nuts from the eucalypts, immigrants now natives. They lack gravitas. They wander in the breeze off the fog, though … Continue reading

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By the Rivers of Babylon

I’ve lived in Austin for 18 years but still don’t feel quite at home here. I grew up all over North America, but mostly in Marin County, just north of San Francisco. It has changed and I can’t afford to … Continue reading

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Thanks

I have made it to the two year mark, thankful. I made it with a wife who was the light out of the dark place where I was not sure I could go on. The chem doctor says “Two years … Continue reading

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Day’s Lesson

At bed time say, “Here end’th the day’s lesson.” Sleep, knowing you passed the day’s test. And the dream people may come with a review, a commentary, and hidden deep within the ordinariness, the way forward.

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Charge to the Seeker

If when you go into the desert into the sweat lodge on a vision quest to drum or dance for days on pilgrimage to a far, distant shrine And encounter the Sacred, receive a word, a vision face to face … Continue reading

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