with heart to spare

with heart to spare,
i’m still here, writing and reading ~
though time has had its say on my face,
a bit of graffiti etched around eyes and lips
and more than a hitch or two in my get-along,
a fair amount of pain

but I am still here
with heart to spare
and time for reading and writing ~
nothing else given, nothing else required,
which is the long way round to saying:
I’m still in love with life
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© 2014, poem and photograph, Jamie Dedes, All rights reserved

the wordless mystery

FullSizeRender-4abundance lifted on the arc of time
then the folding in ~
the circular successions of creation and negation
forever changing, dark and luminous
nature and destiny, coming and passing
ever active, whole, eternally nameless
the wild river, the still mountain
the wordless mystery

© 2016, poem and photograph, Jamie Dedes, All rights reserved