Thursday, January 31, 2013

cold front

temple windows rattle
icy branches snap
layered robes fly up

hearty tired monk laugh
impractical dress
in these cold front winds

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Tumbled Robes

last duty done
temple lights dimmed


robes tumble off
tired monk slides into bed
slow and silent
as the abbess sleeps

post dreams
pre dawn
pre light
the tired monk wakes

reaches blindly
for those tumbled robes
tosses them over
his cold bald head

starts the kitchen fires

Sunday, January 13, 2013

gather the monks

gather the monks
tune the guitars
strum it out loud

find the key
work the fret
join in
pick out the notes
bend every note
in pentatonic perfection

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

head shaken

morning bell sounds
tired monk rises
flicks routine switches


shakes his foggy head
clearing it out
gathering for the day

Monday, January 7, 2013

a temple dog night

one last rattling door check
lights off  - candles out
tired monk duties done
good night

the temple dog rises, stretches
dashes from her dog bed
to the warmth of the couch
good night

Thursday, January 3, 2013

post Christmas lights

Christmas lights dangle
shaken storm loose
cast waving colours
over the new snow

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

monk soup

still a little shaky
fevers fading
chills beat
by monk brewed
soup and tea

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Sick Monk

shaking chills
even deep down
in monk robes

buried in blankets
bathed in fireplace heat
a most fitful sleep

finally woken
by poems boiling
in fevered dreams