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Your Sleepless Shadow

Lost in the Unlimited

Being Here, Finally

Unquiet Dawn

Moon With Her Sail Full of Myths

Soft and Final Landing

Sacred Opulence

Moonset at Winter's End

Desolate and Perfect Now

Unfinished Invocation

An Audience of Stars and the Rest of It

Now and After the Reign of Galaxies

Liquid Heart

Rehearsal for Something Better

Startrail to the Absolute

Broken and Glorious Life

What to Pack For Your Departure

Rhapsody of the Realms

Irrepressible Flame

Vanishing in the Blazing Night

Beside the Still Fallen Sky

On the Trail Between Orchids and the Otherworld

Earth Cry

Some Things Beyond Dimension

Explorer in the Undivided

One Spark is a Galaxy

Unforgiven Rapture

Collective Dream

Now That You Are Infinite

Transcendence of Fury

What Little I Know

One With the Never-ending

Earthbound Supernova

The Majesty of Destruction

In the Infinite Now

Why We Love Dogs (A Little Something in Celebration of National Dog Day)

Postcards from Eons Past (Images from the James Webb Space Telescope)

Sanctuary of Flame


Glistening in the Dark


Words Like Smoke and Sand

The First Iris

The Totality of You

Winter Meditation

The Language of Wonder

Storms of Jupiter

Digital Chains

Plunging to Heaven

On the Shores of Cepheus

Why We Love Dogs (A micropoem)

Ascension in Gold

Crucible of Light

In the Last Green Hours

The Angels of Hawksbill Mountain

Beyond the Gates of Orion

Sanctuary Within

Sitting With Stars

Light of the Tempest


Follow the Birdsong

Celestial Rite

One More Moon Beside Me

Legacy of Ash

Born in a Field of Light

Resurrection in Albemarle County

Dialogue With Silence

Moving Past the Dream

Deadly and Merciful Blue

Sky Full of Legends

On the Border of Earth and Being

Who You Really Are

Council of Stars

Scattered As One

Unfinished Bridge To the Infinite

Scenes from Within

Moon of Secrets

Memories of the Kingdom

In the Church of Ordinary Miracles

Finding Religion in Sperryville

Theater of Shadow and Light

Sapphire Birth

Web of Infinity

Voices from a Choir of Stars

Traveler in the Unseen

Into the Silence

A Soft Ascent

Through a Sacred Forest

Innocent Questions

On the Bridge After a Storm


Moon of Secrets

I slipped free from the
vanity of day
and landed here:

another clean-carved horizon,
another apparition of moon,
another chiseled scowl
steaming through a falling sky
where it all begins
and ends,

and She's not giving up the secrets,
not for a handful of glowing dust
creaking down,
and certainly not for me,
little seeker, twisting
in questions,
only knowing there
is this . . .

and a body we never owned,
but certainly owns us—
lured us into believing it was
the killer of dreams
and lord of our nightmares:
fragile, seductive prison.

So we play along while light
presses against the windows of
of our raging: Let me in!

We rarely do.

I have a friend who is dying and I don't
know if I should say goodbye and pretend that
it's a serious thing to slip out of an iron suit
we imagine is all our grief and majesty,
ambition and stunning tragedy—

Yes, the dream wore sequins
and a paper crown. Quite the
trickster, this Game:
Look, over here, no, here and here,
see this sorrow,
believe this ending
before you wake up and say:

So that was it?

Under a spray of burning poems,
I take down your volume of
prehistoric heroes and
villains with beautiful names,
and think of how you will
try to finish their stories.

A laughing immortal in on the joke.
A vessel of secrets.
A body of light.

Patricia Joan Jones

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