Our Finest Vanity

An excerpt from the book ‘Loam of Leaves’.  Read it slowly and ponder the difference between the shallow and the deep in this, our present time, and humanity’s ‘War of Minds’. Our Finest Vanity  (1984) There are those days,Those idle days,When the sky paints greyThe...

Carbon Expendable

An excerpt from ‘Carbon Expendable and the Alpha Mega Writs’.  First composed in 1967. As we now find ourselves in a foreseen, but unprecedented, world of violence and inhumanity, this verse (written so long ago) seems most relevant. Carbon Expendable and the Alpha...

Our Webs and Contributions  (1968)

Our Webs and Contributions  (1968) Excerpt; ‘From the Inside Looking In’.  Clay Howard “What webs we weave in the course of timeAs paths of lives intertwineAs though intendedThat events can be mended,Resolved, held dear;And, from each junction and each threadThe...

Odes to a Young Man

A Postlude Alas, if in your latter days The stars still shine Above your head, The moon is a halo For foliaged hills And a lazy stream Captivates your dreamy mind; If dewy dawns are your risings’ sted and feeble hands are scared with yesterdays’ labored dignity; and...

We’ve been around – a poem

We’ve Been Around   (1972) I was once a rock, A drop of water, A hickory shell, A rose, a lemon tree, A maple in New England, A ball of cotton in Alabama.   I’ve been dust racing tumbleweeds Across the Oklahoma flats And settled in Arkansas; An  acorn popping in...

When True Birds Fly

As a bird in flight, Much is lost along the way…. A feather here and there, A moment in each day. When we could have been Or could have done…. When we may have lost But could have won.   The dare is in the flight. The worth is in the dare. And, the measure of our...

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