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“The Sugar Creek Sutras”

1
Swallows dip and swerve

under dark overhangs

and water drips
from those green walls,

slips down the tip of a fern,
as over the bronze

of a temple bell.

 

2
This stone is an escritoire
not unlike Mother’s
rolltop desk. It conceals
small drawers
for the storage of ideas.
It has a ledge for writing
utensils and a lamp
of great wattage some distance
above.

Often, of a late spring afternoon
someone is writing there
where the creek cools
her bare instep.
3
A wren calls

with a voice so like water
water might do well
to learn her song.

Diminuendo
is her domain.


4

Translucence—
the condition of first leaf—

light
intersecting a lattice

that is all
but nothing—

from this, depends
a planet.

 

5
Those dry bronze
leaf covers of the beech tree
sprinkle the forest floor.

And the litter from the tulip
poplar—orange-striped
bits of saffron.

Meanwhile, in the canopy,
a silver maple
completes its mosaic.
6
Autumn will flower in its own way—

less and still less,
the concision of what is.


—Marc Hudson

Reprinted from Silk Road Review.