Guest Post, Michael G. Smith: Some Truths About This Night’s Sky

Some Truths About This Night’s Sky

 Photo of poet, Michael G. Smith at Shiprock, New Mexico by Susan J. Preston. Used with permission.

Photo of poet, Michael G. Smith at Shiprock, New Mexico by Susan J. Preston. Used with permission.

Anchor points

bright they have nothing to ask

and nothing to say

 

each blink blink twinkle

an axiom

to live life by

 

this swatch of sky

the same in Kathmandu

and oddly different

 

each starless speck

a handle-free teacup

reminding me

 

to drink only what is needed

beyond the cosmos

all filled to the brim

 

Orion’s sword in the dark

of the playful summer days

it will become

 

footloose

and steadying

these my wander years

 

that light shifted red

I stare at now

no longer

 

 

Author note: Hsueh Tou Ch’ung Hsien (980 – 1052) wrote “beyond the cosmos all (is) filled to the brim”. A Ch’an (Zen) master, he compiled a set of 100 kung an (koans, “public cases” of ancient events) that ultimately became The Blue Cliff Record.

Michael G. Smith

Michael G. Smith is a chemist. His poetry has been published in Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, Cider Press Review, Nimrod, the Santa Fe Literary Review, Sin Fronteras, Superstition Review, other journals, and anthologies. The Dark is Different in Reverse was published by Bitterzoet Press in 2013. No Small Things was published by Tres Chicas Books in 2014. The Dippers Do Their Part, a collaboration with visual artist Laura Young of haibun and katagami from their Shotpouch Cabin residency sponsored by the Spring Creek Project (Oregon State University), was published by Miriam’s Well in 2015. Flop Flop, a collaborative exploration of haiku with Miriam Sagan will be published by Miriam’s Well later this spring.

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