Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Maya Angelou has left the building...

Now I know why it has been raining… Maya Angelou died today. 

She left the world quietly by all accounts, 
Yet her life made NOISE.

I went to a reading/performance  
At the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley 
More than a decade ago. 

She danced at the podium 
declaimed, sang, laughed 
embodied her art in a vivid 
one-woman show 
that remains 
with me
like the impression of 
a shooting star. 

I loved her that night. 
Wanted that freedom. 
Wanted my words, my passion 
to leak out of me 
the way it leaked out of her.   

She said once, "Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud."  
We will miss you, Maya.

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

At Home With Trees

In the forests of Washington State in the US, I spend time among ancestors and friends - 

the great pines, dripping ferns, gentle deer foraging among broken branches.


                         The trunk of a tree stands
                         like the foot of an elephant,
                    patient while children link hands.


A soft rain nourishes and turns to thunder at the lip of a waterfall,
delicacy moves the heart.