unbecoming

•February 10, 2017 • Leave a Comment

We become
in the unbecoming

this winter
without a spring
this coffee
without a cup
this sun
without the moon
place of consonants
without vowels

there is
no adjustment
to being half
of a whole

or

the ground
falling out
beneath our feet
being bottomless
with no soft landing

hearts break away
into a future
where only
half
of everything exists

where we are
ALL
only
one breath
away
from
nothingness

In this unbecoming
we come to be.

2017 c.m.brooks

this … is not living

•July 7, 2016 • Leave a Comment

I
cannot
imagine
what
it
is
like

to live
with a target
on my back.

But
this
is life in America
if
you
are
Black.

July 7, 2016, by c.m. brooks

feeling for the edge

•July 3, 2016 • Leave a Comment

It has been three years since this hole opened up
and I have yet to find the edge of it.

People have stopped asking me about you or how I feel.
Do I miss you, have I moved on?
And that is a good thing because on many days I don’t know.

Your brother, Roger, asked me a year ago
to write something for the cottage memorial book.
A few words about who you were.

All I can do is stare down into this hole
feel for the edge and wonder if I am ready
to explore its depth.

And this morning again my heart says
I am still not ready.

By c.m.brooks , July 3, 2016

Ruminations on a Golden Eye

•June 26, 2016 • Leave a Comment
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“Half Light” By Robert Coby

1.

A ring-eyed golden stare
looking into a knothole
forty feet up an ancient
black oak.

Great horned owl
eyes her prey moments
before life ends.

2.

Orion’s spur cradles us
like a young child
yellow dwarf
neither large nor bright
Our Sun, welcoming
and small
glowing speck
in a greater mystery.

3.

Lens peering closer
narrowly focused
on a moment of turning.
Sperm meets egg
jellied life,
fluid, changing.

4.

What are you?
Dug from an ancient ruin.
Carefully selected for the
long voyage.
Alien life, asleep in the sand
What do you see
now that you are awakened?

By Christina M. Brooks, June 25,2016

 

shift of wavelength

•May 24, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Snail shells piled
into cast off mounds.
Discarded
for their soft gelatinous
centers.

The Phoenicians milked
the snails for their slime.
A careful alchemy
of sunlight, water and time.
For the rare bit of purple
they could bring
into ho hum, life.

Ancient dye pots are empty
of the purple rain
we came to stand beneath
in awe.

Life has lifted you,
but elevated us with your talent.
The way you transfixed us,
oh, purple Prince transcending
into ultraviolet.

By c.m. brooks
5-24-2016

 

hit and run

•May 14, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Metaphors running off to
join the foreign legion.
Catch phrases taking flying leap
off the nearest cliff.

When I’m reading other poet’s poems
their metaphors are wearing Spanx
and fishnet stockings.
Their phrases turn on 6-inch stilettos,
strut and say “how’s about it big boy.”

While mine are lying languid
on the curbside with their peasant skirts
upturned. Hit and runs
of the local 3:15 bus to Lafayette.

5-14-16 by c. m.brooks

Three Years Later

•May 13, 2016 • Leave a Comment

The happy things that come to mind
are the things I focus on.
The past otherwise feels bruised
and unloving. But it is no longer that dark
corner it once was when caring for you
seemed such a struggle.

The memories where the sun glints in
and illumines the suspended dust of a life,
a remembered hike along Lake Michigan
or our trip to Cambridge, the Bronze Buddha
rising up out of the fog on Lantau Island.

Those are the memories that now float to the surface
without effort. Memories I wished had been less distant
to sustain me in our darkness
when losing you was closer than I realized.

May 13, 2016 by c.m. brooks