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moving and a poem

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Dateline: West Virginia. Our first item is that RT has officially moved in with his mother; perhaps not the optimal arrangement, but one that isn’t bad either. We are currently in process of redecorating (i.e., finding more room for RT).

& here is a poem that came to RT suddenly yesterday afternoon as he was getting himself ready for the monthly reading at a local tearoom. This is a somewhat wintry composition, though showing early and promising buds.


Death Dance


this wrinkling and withering,

maybe it will never end:

*****skin tough as bark,

*****face falling like tattered leaves

*****eye like

**********a spoiled apple.


take another pill, amend the flesh,

disappear the treacherous


leg spilling sand into soil like

a glass pouring out hours.

Hidden your mind then,

*****each twig, every

**********blade of grass your limb,

*****the spider weaves your name

*****the seed speckles

***********your eye—

everything is mazed and mapped: they

have to follow, to measure and decipher, each

step, each echo,

each love.

Copyright © 2014, The Rag Tree


ImageTerpsichore (1510-1511), Raffael. WikiCmns; Public Domain.


  1. February 3, 2014 at 10:57 pm

    The world, the long world congealed in the long years, the filling up, the emptinesses, the deserts, the wild winds of emotion, the weathering, the withering. All of us, if not before, if not before, will melt once again into the world,
    Sun burnt, moon cooled, star hollowed. A vapour, a breath, a wish fulfilled.

    Nice to see you back, and this is soo so good: somehow baked apple and cream ( well, it is getting late here…!)

  2. February 4, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    shl: thanks, as always, for your poetic reflection, and it’s great to hear from you!! RT

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