Today’s First Lights

First day of Advent, four red candles,

four Sundays of Advent, encircle the Christ

candle, white, the light on Christmas Day.

First night of Hanukkah, one day’s oil

lights the menorah for eight days. Miracles.



These Early December Mornings

I wake up before the sun rises

looking East to the Moon and Venus.

The two brightest celestial bodies of night,

here in the morning, reminds me of

that which is omnipresent but often forgotten.


Venus Moon

Two-Hearted River

I flow today like this two-hearted river.

My energies come from two different places

in my past that should have passed,

but they have pooled around me today.

I trying to empty them. Dissipation. Loss.



The most famous Two Hearted River runs through Michigan and the branches drain into Lake Superior.  That’s not my two-hearted river.

The Cycle

All the rivers run into the sea.

Tributaries, estuaries where fresh meets salt water.

Rivers are always changing, but  the cycle

is invariable; all returns to the headwaters.

Man. Water. There is no new thing.


Palmiet River (South Africa.) enter the Atlantic Ocean

“There is no new thing” – Ecclesiastes 1:7