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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

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

 

Broken and Glorious Life



Like summer, you were a
green haze
between endings.

Like winter, you were
diamonds in
the tomb.

I would take any one
of those dismantled
memories now,
refurbish it
and slip into it
like life-changing
knowledge,

and this time I might
even remember to
say "I love you"
although sometimes
I just loved
the idea of love,

the feral madness of love . . .

and perhaps that's
Heaven enough for
earthbound explorers
tripping over each
other in this
marvelous, earthy
stupor,

and, well, any love
seeping though the
pinholes of our
humanness is
sanctified.

That green mist
swells into focus
until the world
lives again
in chic robins,
suspicious squirrels
and a pond,
a new concoction,
groggy and black and
rebrewed every hour.

Folds of our sky
laze upon it.

Indoors a part of you
lives a weary,
golden life
and another part
waits for me with
baffling patience.

All you
ever wanted were
droplets of devotion
because you realized
before I did:
everything's a shadow
until it's shared.

I could fall through
this wind foreveró
how it takes sweat
and damaged pride
with it as it pulls
away from
my body.

It's a simple
type of kindness
I can accept. Easily.
I'll carry it
back to my
other life where
some things
can be paused
with a remote control
and some things
can be put aside,

but not what
truly matters.

In the softness of
our fossilized quiet,
the past a cathedral
behind us,
its spires chiseled
bit by bit into
pieces,
crumbling or glorious
depending
on the day,

I listen
to my true self

and reach for your hand.


Patricia Joan Jones






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