Theodore Enslin (1925-2011)

Photo by Whit Griffin


And if
you reach
                   to touch
whatever it is
you want to touch
     you get to the place
where you think you're
going (headed
in the right direction)
if you
stand right there
reaching over the hip
bone of the little hill
a breeze       slight breeze
being all that you want
to touch really
so long
                  as the blaze of in-
                                  holds up
                  the fires lit red
                                     on the smooth wet bark
of pine trees in the afternoon
when the clouds have broken
and the late rays of the sun
are touching

To an Unknown Shore will be available in April 2013.