On Writing

Poem 322 – Ocean, for Lisa

Ocean, For Lisa

words float between us
because we are an ocean of listening

between us an ocean opens
we float on the words love & kindness

because they are rafts of sanctuary
when the ocean swells like our eyes with tears

& we frighten a bit when the lid on the sugar bowl
shifts – the listening touches shores we can’t see

but we can feel because that is what vulnerability
does: teaches us how to be oceans of ears

how love & kindness fills us up like sugar bowls
because everywhere containers wait for our

vulnerable openings


Thank you, Lisa, for giving me three words for today’s poem: love, kindness, vulnerability. Thank you for sharing with me.

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