Kettle Moraine in Winter

I.

field of snow
in the Kettle Moraine

not a track of anything

nor would I wish
to change this

II.

Lent beginning
this week
field of new snow

III.

perfect rows
of corn stubble
in the snow…
farmer’s
work of art

IV.

home to Lake Michigan
from the Kettle Moraine

Valentine flowers
decaff and Psalms

V.

sunrise
rose light
glittering
on the water

“Unto thee, O LORD, do I lift up my soul.” 

Psalm 25: 1 (KJV)

Haiga by Ion Codrescu: Cold Day

Ion Codrescu is an artist in Romania.  He toured the USA in 1996. His above sumi-e and haiku are published here with his permission.

A gallery of his fine work is available for your viewing  on-line at the North Carolina Haiku Society website.

Guest Artist: David Radavich

February 17, 2011 update:  David Radavich’s new book is Middle-East Mezze (2011, Plain View Press).

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Recovery

Break into pieces

and the pot will shatter
its shards

wherever the earth
will collect them again,

where all fragments
wither, knowing this soil

of the forgotten
over-trod by generations

who feast on time
as if they had it all to themselves,

the débris of the heart left
for grave-robbers to discover

yet I turn in my hand
this one blue triangle over

that must have graced
someone’s living and now mine

where the absence was

I claim and declare it

beautiful and incomplete,

hoping for fingers
finally

to clench all indignities

David Radavich is the author of Slain Species (Court Poetry, London), By the Way: Poems over the Years (Buttonwood, 1998), and Greatest Hits (Pudding House, 2000). He has also published a full-length comedy, Nevertheless . . ., five short dramas, and a wide range of poetry in journals and anthologies. His plays have been performed across the U.S., including six Off-Off-Broadway productions. Fragments of the Third Planet received its European premiere in 2000 in Germany. America Bound: An Epic for Our Time (Plain View, 2007), narrates American history from World War II to the present. His latest collection is Canonicals: Love’s Hours (Finishing Line, 2009).

David’s website is www.davidradavich.org.  He welcomes you to visit, browse through more of his writing, and offer your feedback.

“Recovery” was also published in Welcoming Hope: Poems for those in need  (Elin Grace Publishing, 2007).

“Blue Vase” from Antiqueclipart.com.