Friday, May 27, 2011

those squared corners

the corners are full
combatants surge
a flow of fists
and wicked words

the tired monk waits
let them lace gloves, lock up
or keep 'em in their corners?

Thursday, May 26, 2011

the tired monk's pond


fish freed from
glassy winter home
feasting full
on mosquito larvae



sitting too long by the pond
cold coffee remnants thrown
temple dogs have a taste

Thursday, May 19, 2011

ringside or the tired monk: from parts unknown

novices up close
leaning, reaching
slapping babyface backs

crowd heaves, jumps cheers
then sinks deep
in beer can jeers

quick rib poke: "what's a monk doing here?"
"whatcha bringing kids here for?"

whisky bottle clings
down the dirty seat rows

the tired monk
shrugs off his robes
slides through the ropes
to his corner

Monday, May 16, 2011

book stack bliss

desk sitting
deep down inside
weighty walls
slow steady
dark cloud days

walk in dusty
tome aisles
wait out the rain
lost in book stack bliss

Posted to: Magpie Tales

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

tired monk on wrestling

novices rolling
circles of grassy clinches
twisting in tightening holds

robes sweat soaked torn

neighbour: in brow knit anger...
you let them wrestle?

tired monk laughs...

what are we?

what are we not?
we are fighters
body vs soul

thanks to Erin and the Dox

Monday, May 9, 2011

a gathering of broken saints

Francis and his creatures
dishonoured Christopher
blessed Patrick
the tired Monk
and crazy St. Jack

sit, chat, laugh
as little Teresa's flowers

Friday, May 6, 2011

tired monk chains


entropy chains swing
ice metal cold
under grey skies


metal on metal
a steady clink
no clear cling
of temple bells


paths, gates, trees all locked
chained ghost tight
novices climb
tear robes


novices caught
prying locks
the tired monk joins
rending links

some locks must be broken

Thursday, May 5, 2011

fifty years


faux art deco blue bricks

pushing asphalt down
fifty years of heavy cracking


up front  - prim grass trimmed
halls fresh in hospital white
out back  - rusty cages, burning pages

...happy big 5-0 HHS

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

work door

this work door
this daily portal
think paint, rusty, splattered,

as any temple door