Poetry Posts2020-10-04T17:03:34-07:00

Poetry Posts are a bi-monthly email of new poems by Phyllis Stowell with the intention of carrying on a poetic dialogue. Individuals who wish to respond are invited to send to me a quote, a lyrical paragraph or a poem of their own. If appropriate, I will post this response in the GUEST folder. If individuals prefer to write something personal not for the GUEST folder, I will respond by email. Posts will be archived for a limited period of time.

East Wind

 

Even the east wind cannot bear it any longer;

it turns into a secret light…

 

The Terrace of Yen

Li Shang-yin

 

 

Dawn   already sad

I cast my net into the sea

as if coral might cling and grow

 

What vision

what beauty

could I leave the world?

 

How lazy I have been!

doomed by my own nature

a cinched belt with no feeling

~

 

a secret light

 

It listens

as it listened to a praying child

 

solely for one who is sad

for a moment

 

an egg-shaped pearly moonstone

emanating its own light

 

there

in your hand

 

then it passes

            ~

 

and enters the western sea

 

so earth can renew herself

and the few will be

 

maybe simpler

maybe wise

 

The harms we have done

will be like scars on rhyolite

 

Moss will cling to what remains

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