animals

A Blessing for Wildness

       May spotty skies of dog fur and loving eyes lap you with the wet kisses of clouds overhanging unconditionally all you ever felt or believed
       May you break into the abyss of laughter and shout for joy as the Eden of allowing rewilds you from edges hardened by too much time in houses and buildings
       May you grow green canopies for hair, feeling the wafted chemical messages of trees in the branching tentacles of your interbeing brain and heart
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Places I Long to Be

the soft belly of a riverbed
a hut made of harmony 
a cool tree limb curving with kindness
a dandelion house that blows itself away
a dream forest glittering with secret eyes
a butterfly canoe that dissolves in the sky
an underwater ocean arboretum with galaxies of starfish that sing me to sleep
a castle of Northern Lights magnetic with empathy 
an all-encompassing enclave carved in sandstone cliffs by the hieroglyphic wind
a chrysanthemum daydream village nestled in radiant forgetfulness
a pistachio windmill ice cream delivery service station
a celery sailboat that drifts across dimensions of song
an oasis of otters
an aromatic abode of morning with forgiveness and interstellar coffee
a streetcar named “Enoughness”
a den of chipmunks humming with sleep's wild honey
a surrender of sloths
a beehive of belonging
a hugging wall of wallabies
a kangaroo pouch furry with compassion
a merciful seaweed supernova of letting go

here, with you

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(2019 Ben Ross.  All Rights Reserved.)



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The Soft Galaxy (Eulogy for a Chicken)

I’m still thinking of what was happening in Roadrunner’s mind the other day, standing five feet from the back door to the house, on a stoop two steps above the ground, facing the door as if wanting to come in. Every time I think of it, I feel sad – sadder than someone raised in a culture of scientific materialism blended with Catholic ideas about the specialness of humans is really supposed to feel about a chicken.

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