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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

Microcosm

Glistening in the Dark

Walnut

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

Nucleus

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

The Sound of Creation

Your Song in the Ivy

Universe Within

 

What to Pack For Your Departure



In memory of Andrea


I would arrive at the office
stuffed into my lackey persona,
contorted into the shape
of that cold
corporate box with its
tyrannical clocks
and manufactured
greetings . . .

almost audible chains
dragging what was left of
my will,

knowing somewhere a monarch
was tucking into a
newly-hatched wildflower,

drinking beauty,
drinking life,
drinking surrender . . .

we should all love and
be loved like that,
we should all be created
again and again
like that,

and you made it happen,

even under the
all-seeing
mock-sunlight above
cubicles and a computer
waiting to lobotomize me,

even there,
something sweetly human
would fall
through the roof and
my reassembled real self
would believe again:

every act of kindness is worship,
all ground touched by peace
is holy—

you were the prayer I couldn't
quite think of when even
the idea of God was a
universe away,

and even with glass wings
you lifted me,
even in pieces you gathered
my own scattered heart.

Now the plaster air molds
this one stubborn moment into
stillness all around.
Persistent, dour ash trees
sprinkle sun like the
high priests of summer,

but they cannot shade
the scorch
of the absence of you.

Certainly you fly now
from star cities and
crackling myths
to quantum lands within

while our minds are still
somehow in lockstep,
in wonder,
wordless and brighter than
any pearled conversation,
and all I can say is:

You packed the
essentials.

What you took with you
is also what
you left behind—
something very close
to Heaven
and never truly gone.


Patricia Joan Jones








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