WE WERE SPELUNKERS ONCE
down deep in those caverns of destiny
where we listened for ancient echoes,
for those infernal drips, and the sound
of unseen running waters.
We tended to hold close to one another as we
meandered the formations: stalactites
and stalagmites, large mounds of bat
guano and other residue unknown.
Hard hats in place, we continued to
swing and swing our lanterns wide,
looking as hard as we could on ledges
and in depressions, searching for
each and every understory we could find.
THE RANGE OF BURING
Over the broad chaparral
the long sadness spreads:
a burning from tip to root—
acres transformed once again.
In time the winds will whip
We are reminded
of just how much is confined
to a season; so much shrub
growth caught up in weather
filled with so much chance.
Tumbleweed and sage, mallow
and sorrel: all the workings
of a landscape in a gentle
rise and fall, of vernals
we can never forget.
SPOTTING SEA LIONS AT POINT REYES NATIONAL SEASHORE
This pair, rising from their lounging, heads for the sea,
for the waters they can never truly leave for long,
their throats as sleek as polished stone.
They are resolute, as determined as they must be. They
know the kinetics too well, know how survival works,
how the sea, unfailingly, will do its part, as will
the beach with all the rest it promises to provide,
the invitation of the ocean waters
too inviting to resist for long.
Laverne Frith is co-editor of Ekphrasis, is author of chapbooks from Talent House Press, Finishing Line Press, Rattlesnake Press, Choice of Words Press and White Heron. His full-length collection, Imagining the Self, was released from Cherry Grove Collections in 2011. His poetry has been accepted or appeared in many publications, including Poetry New York, Permafrost, The Christian Science Monitor, Sundog: the Southeast Reveiw, The Montserrat Review, Louisiana Literature, Convolvulus, California Quarterly, Iodine Abbley, Perihelion, Maryland Poetry Review, Blue Unicorn and the New Laurel Review. He lives in Sacramento, California.