Saturday, April 7, 2012

a year or so since last posting, alas

Dear World:

I've been down with exhaustion for quite a time this
past year -- heart trouble -- and have only recently
broken through and been resurrected thanks to a
Pace Maker my wife's named "Thumper."

Here's an old poem of mine that seems a
reasonable candidate for marking the occasion of a
return to the Blog.

all good things,




Black-star yearning, old heart grinder,
nothing to do but to sweat you out,
tear up the list of urgencies,
fold the long legs of the day.

Evening again. A school of starlings
swirls the sky like a dreamed explosion
and wildflowers flare my speeding windshield
briefly, yes, but unspeakably blue.

O, star-meat! O, incarnate source,
shatter my iron parentheses!
Though often I stall, like the undropped shoe
I'm still held in my own friendly hands.

Blessed are those whose work is presence:
dogs by the sea so joyful they're teachers…
donkeys who move like little mothers…
people so strong they risk being kind.

The air provides: it feeds the breath.
There is no sun that lacks for light.
Blind blossoms can't see their colors glow.
In unwillable ways we are beautiful.


At April 8, 2012 at 5:16 AM , Blogger Sojourner! said...

Thank you Barry for love and poetry and hope...

At April 14, 2012 at 3:12 PM , Blogger TjC said...

Hello Mr. Spacks,

I am curious to know if you are the author of "Emblem of Two Foxes?" I was doing a Google search today and whereas it has always been printed as being written by anonymous, today I saw your name alongside it.

Could it be true?

That little poem was such a source of strength for me during some very difficult periods in my life. If you did write it, THANK YOU. You inspired me in ways that you'll never know. And I am grateful for your talent!


Tracy Cotter

At May 4, 2012 at 2:59 AM , Blogger Wooden Boy said...

"In unwillable ways we are beautiful"
This is a line that has a lovely stillness to it.
Thank you for your post.

At May 6, 2012 at 10:31 PM , Blogger danduderino said...

forgot to tell you that i liked your art at the ads show. ~DL

At May 6, 2012 at 10:31 PM , Blogger danduderino said...

ads show (dam auto spell)

At May 6, 2012 at 10:31 PM , Blogger danduderino said...

art from scrap! show.


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