Tag Archives: water

A Painting of Geese

by Christopher Raley   i. Are they landing or heaving wings to beak-point sky?   Or do they make for the bare tree? If geese like trees . . . I guess they’re geese.   ii. It’s all angles, dark … Continue reading

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Live to the Rhythm

by Christopher Raley   I could live to the rhythm of waking to cold mornings, of darkness under the pines and warm under the blankets.   I could live to the rhythm of closing windows at nine, of cleaning up … Continue reading

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Drought

by Christopher Raley   The smell of water on sun-hot concrete is now the smell of implied disregard. I cower beneath the fence line as I hose chaff off the back deck to the dead lawn.   For a time … Continue reading

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Hem

by Christopher Raley   I finally saw you in a photograph in a book about you.   I love your art and I love your stories and I laugh at your big life sometimes, though your life is the sadness … Continue reading

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Monterey

by Christopher Raley   I would have gone with him but illness clutched me to bed, so we hugged goodbye and now I miss no one like I miss him.   Once I went that direction long through the valley, … Continue reading

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The Sutro Bath Ruins

by Christopher Raley   The wind whipping up the sea’s salt and scrubbing it against the headlands, not all that cling to this coast remain.   For persistence of motion, wind and boys cannot be beat. They run down stairs … Continue reading

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