Monthly Archives: February 2012

Layers

by Christopher Raley   It’s as though layers of rock stacked themselves down from sky (on the ridge bare tangles of oak tickle clouds passing). Over their faces hid by moss dripping yesterday’s rain the pine, the oak, the elm … Continue reading

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Empathy

by Christopher Raley   i. I can only thank the old man at the dark end of the room. He speaks as these words come and sometimes he speaks to me.   Right now he tells of a conversation with … Continue reading

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The Boy Begins It

by Christopher Raley   The boy begins it, coat too large and cowboy hat crowning ever smile. He grips the staff that will greet grey dawn tapping out the path.   Across the field wrinkled California hills darkly folded paint … Continue reading

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Water Tower

by Christopher Raley   Water tower—rust the color of stripped mountain— alone, standing straight, built by no nature, pointing where no maker thought to point.   Across the canyon they’ve cut the mountain in half and left stone sheer steps … Continue reading

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Words

by Christopher Raley   Something corrupts between thought and the page the truth of what the thought is.  Words, you say. They limit truth in the very act of assigning it definition and name.   Words trap us like dogs … Continue reading

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