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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


Rehearsal for Something Better

The fireflies,
little exhales of gold,
have returned
after a
long absence,
and now
they are precious.
They might as well be
glimpses of
every lost summeró
a reconfigured landscape
of memory filled with
moon spray and
light speak
and other
accidental miracles,

tiny leaks in the
mortal world
where the infinite
drips through,

perhaps poems
in a higher language

a practice run for much
better things,

right here beside
the lawn chairs
and the zealous
honeysuckle vine
that didn't know
when to quit.

Each blink
is another moment,
each moment,
another Absolute Now.

What if . . .
just one,
immortalized by faith,
could change

and we'd finally
know that we
are marvels
just for being
and this story is
so much better
because we
are in it?

Fire away,
prodigal messengers
of No-time and
living for the
purpose of
a little drama
in the blindness,

to be some
surrogate stars when
the sky has slammed shut,

a few signposts that say:
Look . . .
This is the way back
to the place
of beginnings.

Patricia Joan Jones

Author's notes:

Fireflies are disappearing all over the world due to habitat loss, pesticide use and light pollution.

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