Monthly Archives: October 2013

Oíche Shamhna [Eve of Samhain – All Hallows’ Eve]

tempest-shrouded night
stars and the moon blotted out
wind’s banshee keening

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© Gregory V Driscoll  2013

roundup

these circling winds herd
passels of leaves   prodding them
toward the scudding clouds

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© Gregory V Driscoll 2013

transfiguration: the difference a few words make in what we see

(1) burlesque

trees strip off their leaves
motley rags falling earthward
red   tan   russet   gold

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(2) magic

trees set free their leaves
butterflies floating earthward
red   tan   russet   gold

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© Gregory V Driscoll  2013

for Lan

what else is life
but laughing in the rain
and singing in the sunlight

what else is friendship
but a flower that never dies
a song that knows no ending

how lovely you are   love
hidden here in my heart
revealed there in the arms of darkness

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© Gregory V Driscoll  2013

threnody

my dream never fulfilled
in my heart forever
I shall carry you    what beauty
a sweet burden    bitter emptiness
your presence made me fall silent
but even your absence
keeps me enthralled
ay!  dream never fulfilled
my soul is a stone that burns
a flame more enduring
than the grave

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© Gregory V Driscoll  2013

from the heights of Po Nagar – a memory

temples at our back,
below: river, town, the sea.
holding hands we dream,
find the street where we had lived,
the house in which our love bloomed.

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© Gregory V Driscoll 2013

Note:  In 2003 my wife Lan and I returned to Viet Nam,
after 35 years of absence, to visit her family, many of whom
live in Nha Trang on the central coast.  Po Nagar is a temple
complex built in the Indic style on a promontory across the river
from Nha Trang.  The Cham people built it from the 9th century to
the 12th century CE.

haiku

rivals for the eye
sun rising   full moon setting
jewels in the sky

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© Gregory V Driscoll  2013