Saturday, February 27, 2021

A Harbor poem


 Sonrisa Hears The Harbor       By  Claire Mora Parsons


A concert
of chimes and clanks and claps
of the ropes beating on the mast,
tarps billowing,
hulls thudding against the dock,
orchestrated by the wind.
Gulls click their bright beaks
and call out cries, laughs, or sighs.
Curtains of minnows undulate
beneath the surface of the emerald sea.
Everything white seems soft.
The sun is white.
The clouds
are sails in the sky.
My pencil is dull and it makes
all my words quiet, and tender,
and light enough to be lifted
off the page
by a breath.

Muscles are clustered to the underbellies
of the gray wooden docks,
barnacles teeth the pillars of the boardwalk.
The water is speaking. The water
is speaking.
It is cradled by banks
of jagged rock
and it muses with the wind.
The boats sway subtly,
the harbor sings the day away.

Thursday, February 4, 2021

Morning by Claire Mora Parsons


White plate with a gold rim.                                                                                            Thin slice of homemade bread
with warm dry skin crumbling and toasted.
Soft butter.
Honey crystallizing in the jar.
The flames in the gas fireplace
wavering silently
behind the glass.
Dampness from morning rainfall
layered on the windows.
Leaves on the trees
preparing to fall
glistening.

Sit down with me.
Boil a cup of tea.
Bite through the toast.
Stare into my eyes
or close yours
and remember being asleep.
I will be looking at you.
It’s not everyday I get to.

Think of the length of the rooms in this house.
Think of the christmas trees raised
in the living room
and taken down each year.
The family cheerful
and tired
loud
but whispering
because the snow outside
is still sleeping.
Picture this morning, again,
lived twice by everyone you can picture.
Remember last night.
The dim cafe
the air dropping down
on the pavement and sidewalks outside,
over the bike racks and pedestrians.
Imagine the muttering of the cafe again,
lived twice by everyone drinking steam inside.
The sound like carpet.

And this morning
everyone woke up
but those
who were gone before the night was.
And even they woke
in a sense
too.

Now sit down with me.
Enjoy the dripping leaves outside.
The crows cawing.
The colors somber
and the house warm.

This is not those nights
spent saving tears
for the drive home.

So close your eyes.
Let me look at you.
Bite through
and take small sips of steam.

Appreciate the matrimony
of night and morning,
be gracious to the tendrils of time and sunlight
that come your way caressingly.
The hours cathedrals.
Eyes the pews.

Take a seat
and let’s pretend
we’re young but old again.
Remember, and live twice
the falling and the waking
and the rubbing eyes and teeth brushing,
the water condensing in the air outside
and sliding down glossy leaves
and the warmth around us
the sweet honey on our tongues


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Claire Mora Parsons

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Made me stop and think

We retreat and retreat, morally, until there is no meaningful difference left between us.  What you see, and allow without a fight, is what you become yourself.  What is the moral difference between the man who burns his neighbor to death, and the man who stands by and watches him do it.

from Death in Focus, a mystery by Anne Perry