Tag Archive: symbolism


Lost in Transformation

Autocorrect changed kiss off to kiss all without my knowing;
it’s probably just as well, all things as they must be.

© Chagall ∞

Crystal Clear Staccato

Before time there wasn’t only
incessant heartbeat

Humans though water are merely steam
no less of all things

The moment before you knocked
the door swings open wide: you arrive

The ones already in search continue
long before you’re here

And wordless reads best
though you can’t remember

I relish the sizzle
when we meet ice

How we burn
underneath the numb

Chagall 2016

History In The Making

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I’ve always been a sucker for a good lead pencil
mechanical or otherwise, with exotic size like
double o’seven, o’eight, or o’nine – the promise
of scribe on paper, the spilling of thought
like blood though black on brilliant white fibers, pressed
so many linens to emboss with the outpour of my mind
but the scratch – listen . . . do you hear that? that’s quill on papyrus
the sound of it, the sight of it, so much like sex in so many ways
the north-south-west-east of it, a counting of blessings

© Chagall 2015

Haiku For Language

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Newborns are certain
though you’ll never hear them say
heaven imparts love

Life’s best without words
mere symbols get in the way
poets be forewarned

Name it to lose it
stepped aside by one degree
objects lose their shape

Conform to design
preconceived notions thwart us
maya at the turn

Like distant cousins
what once was plain as the day
lost in the shuffle

© Chagall, 2013

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