The Past and Future

the past


Year’s end always sends thoughts into the past.

Review and reflection. Celebrations and regrets. Conclusions.

But briefly. Then to a future near

and far but all unclear, unformed, undetermined.

Momentarily, no present. No now. No self.


Butterfly Effect


I don’t think I accept chaos theory,

but I know that small wing flaps

in my life have probably caused tornadoes.

Present determines future, but approximate present doesn’t

approximately determine the future. That is chaos.


Learn more about the butterfly effect and chaos theory

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’m 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.