The Trail Companion
After a Measured Cup of Warming Brandy
- with thoughts of high Sierra
Monks ring the bells to arrange
Tim Bellows teaches English and
creative writing at Sierra College after graduating
from the Iowa Writers' Workshop in '78. He has
published rambunctious, compassionate essays and
poems in over a hundred U.S. journals, including
Midwest Quarterly, Modern Haiku,
Northern Contours, Natural Bridge
Magazine, Terrain, Panhandler,
The Lucid Stone, Burning Cloud
Review, and Wisconsin Review. His "Huts
Under Smooth Hills" was nominated for the 23rd Annual
Pushcart Prize. Eclectic Press published his A
Racing Up the Sky early in 1999.
time. Watch the dry,
fly. Far end of the valley,
the wide cradle
also in view. It
puts a finger to their lips
each day, helps arrange
nothing in mind if an old man
can agree to that after the hours
of sitting with nothing but gestures.
After the polishing of wrinkled glass,
the sweeping, the sketching of black
After obeying a word
for eternity - which means
the easier cantatas, themes
that blow over scrubland. Themes
wrapped in sheer whimsy, maybe
a gust against ash trees.
Just before sleep,
a man on three blankets
sees himself again: he walks the forest,
comes to a grassland with sunlight.
This is the sleep for him - at last -
to hear a silence, a single wave hitting stones.
Monte Bello - Devavani Chatterjea-Matthes
Comings and Goings - Christopher Woods
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