Spirit Wing

Crow flies by the window,
his shadow tracing
the pale yellow wall
with a faint outline
marking flight,
calling for his spirit wing
and passing presence
to be remembered
for just one moment.



Paul Moss
Warrior brother, RIP


Gift of Rain

When men from afar

arrived on the broad river

rain pushed them down,

offended them in smoke filled lodges

beneath strips of drying fish;

they wanted what was from their past

not this ocean deluge from the sky.

To understand water is a gift,

its softness lifting in cold air

sweeping in waves along the river,

cascading on iridescent green needles

until the ground, the sky and water are one,

the sound of rain opening,

tenderness swelling in every drop.




Secret Flower

Losing grip not letting go,

falling void yet holding

chord woven in light

to every mortal thing;

bend deeply not to break,

supple flows, rigid softens,

secret flower held within

waiting for its moment to unfold.




Above the Ridge Line

Land sloped up from a dry creek bed
where tumble down buildings faded in the sun;
beneath the willows a story
imagined long before the journey.
Spike thorn tore our clothes,
thin gruel the only food.
Climbing broken ledges
to draw what piƱon rooted
from the rock strewn scree,
we followed clues, laboring to be kind
while something old and unborn
waited above the ridge line
calling us into the land beyond.