Memory as a boy
Set out for a pre-dawn hike
To my secret trail with secreit wish
To come face to face with the Big Teacher-
Left the house through the backdoor,
Pulled it shut with my right hand
Walked out into wet black
Of the empty pre-dawn streets.
Found the head of the trail,
Crawled left between dark hills-
Left rooftops just then waking.
Pounding pace, sweat wetted.
Left the trail into low brush
Ducked branches and thorns,
Moved faster to the edge point
To a ridge to wait:
Just the whipping sound
Of birds sliced above me-
Mosquitoes found my skin sweet,
Sucking as I stood
Shivered-just a minute, two
For sunrise to burn fire streaks
On two peeks there above me -
I leaned forward to hear.
That day you came to me
In a cold brush to my lower back
In cool nips to my arms outstretched
To the middle of me-
I stood with eyes and ears open
And with my mouth shut.
More than all came through that way
More than all got in.
January 12, 2010