Charles Clanton Rogers

Reflections based on poetry, music, visual art, book reviews, history of science, first-person history, philosophical essays and International Blogging

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Dear Readers of Blogger’s GPS, I have a treat for you. I have invited a guest poet and artist: Laurel Holmes of REALITY SANDWICHES to be our Guest. I found her site to be uncommonly beautiful. The art work is her own.

THE LAYERS
SEPTEMBER 7, 2015 | REALITY SANDWICHES
“I was listening to a great line-up of readings by New England poets recently. It’s very moving to listen to poetry being read by the poet them self, or someone who loves their poem. Poetry can be so left-brained. But, when the poet reads it, there’s a vibration and vulnerability that melts me. So beautiful.”

The Layers    Click on this link for a visual feast of original art.

http://wp.me/p3n1g9-se

I have walked through many lives,

some of them my own,

and I am not who I was,

though some principle of being

abides, from which I struggle

not to stray.

When I look behind,

as I am compelled to look

before I can gather strength

to proceed on my journey,

I see the milestones dwindling

toward the horizon

and the slow fires trailing

from the abandoned camp-sites,

over which scavenger angels

wheel on heavy wings.

Oh, I have made myself a tribe

out of my true affections,

and my tribe is scattered!

How shall the heart be reconciled

to its feast of losses?

In a rising wind

the manic dust of my friends,

those who fell along the way,

bitterly stings my face.

Yet I turn, I turn,

exulting somewhat,

with my will intact to go

wherever I need to go,

and every stone on the road

precious to me.

In my darkest night,

when the moon was covered

and I roamed through wreckage,

a nimbus-clouded voice

directed me:

“Live in the layers,

not on the litter.”

Though I lack the art

to decipher it,

no doubt the next chapter

in my book of transformations

is already written.

I am not done with my changes.”

-Stanley Kunitz

One thought on “Blogger’s GPS – Guest -Laurel Holmes -THE LAYERS

  1. Beautiful! What a wonderful guest to have!

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