On Sunday, March 2, another poet (Tracey Schmidt) and I are offering a poetry concert here in Asheville. For me, it brings together light and dark and finally offers healing. Below are one of my darker poems and one of my lighter ones (neither will be featured in this particular show. Here’s the link to the Facebook event page for the concert: https://www.facebook.com/events/1432431080323647/.
I went to the beach this morning
Caked with the dirt of my life
And of my ancestors.
The gray sky reflected
The despair of my soul.
The beach was covered with fresh snow
All its detail and edge cloaked
In a mantle of brilliant color
Or lack of color
Unimaginably bright in this dark time.
I quietly slipped under the snow
And wore it home.
Dancing In the Supermarket Parking Lot
My friend is late to meet me
In the Ingles parking lot
Neil Young, on my new-to-me CD
Is rocking “Cowgirl in the Sand”
12 minutes worth
On my 7-speaker car stereo
The early spring, early evening
And the lot is filled with space
And I just gotta dance