Benjamin Suzuki: Disappointed hummingbird: quasi-haiku and other short form poems, compiled by Kendal Q. Binmore_Part 3

Disappointed Hummingbird:

 quasi-haiku and other short form poems

 of Benjamin Suzuki

compiled by Kendal Q. Binmore

part 3

Suzuki poems

words freed

imprison elsewhere

falling leaf

hiding as butterfly

stilled shadows

cascade rock:

silent stream

tree

twists time

looking back

cloud

processional

of possibility

rock flow of faces

cascading down:

surged past

distant cliff

figured standing

on the falling lost

delicate presence

sounding great power:

hummingbird hovers

abundance of image:

mind released

from battle

bloated young sahuaro

falls in success

I walk in this desert canyon

until only audience remains

monasteried rock

rained statuette

sterile to our purpose

in twilight

blossoms

light the sky

faces

carved by feet

climbed success

conclaves of figured hope

passed on the path

rocks at my feet

in this dry wash

I  flow

on encumbrance of legs

cascading water

makes upright man

cactus spine

silvered in sun

declarative existence

sahuaro blossoms

foreign

to itself

wren

glides along my path

points of evolution disparate

image

absent origin:

possibility

in my hands

a universe endures

chawan

thrusting out of ground

past  incomplete:

quartz quarry

 —

delicate life

awaits to destroy

I take your cry into myself

as foreign to you

as you are to me

envelope of greeting

protective bubble

against fear

tangential life

propelled to an elsewhere

by my presence

in this seat

I speak of God

to vanquish my living

throw outsider

on the laughter

keeping toasty warm

face passed to face

image knows no victory

mountain stands

ground cobbled of worlds

through travel

mountain path

dislocated on the cortex

metaphor

takes no stand

shattered quartz

destruction’s crystalized past

limbs

struggling toward apart

making tree

rock wedged

in rock

image made

rock

vigiled as squirrel

vanishes as I approach

cactus limbs

bow pardon

at their presence

dense humanity

dense rock

Man

made of disparate elements

on the ground

valley

stilled between

escaping mountains

living in between

delicate thunder:

hummingbird hovers

faces failing

purpose gone

become mountain again

sheared

mountain top falls

supporting image on its side

rock

 carved in our glance

cries our presence

eroding personage

decaying for the life of others

in the life of others

unaware

desert path

gone into silence

when we look up

Mitland/Suzuki poems

on cliff shear

ridged faces

war our present

sentineled stone

of neighborless history

surging mountain:

frozen escape

defeated outcropping

of rock

becomes

visage for others

audienced cliff

awaits

turquoise

too dense of script

awaits our shatter

grinned rock

unearthed by stepping feet

prepares to live

again

struggled rock

pulling itself from creation

canyoned path

figures stand

in sheared rock

frozen wind

fossilized possibility:

bird men in rocks

unending

jagged beauty

waiting to impale:

canyon floor

ancient rock slide

makes a man

action at a distance

From decaying granite

figures stand

watching history pass

outcrop decays

into people

attached to creation

Mesa Verde

of some other world

pitted cliff

 (Mesa Verde, late Anasazi cliff dwellings, c. 1190 ce,

apparently located for defense against others as

part of the general Anasazi collapse [KQB])

figures in rock

fossils

of what could have been

pebbles on the path:

frozen history

supporting our stride in now

pebbled histories

rolling under our feet

in hope we fall

black fingers of rock

surging to war

forgotten