BY JAN HAAG

INTRODUCTION + POETRY + ESSAYS + MUSIC + TRAVEL + FICTION + TEXTILE ART





DENSITY

5-7-00




Going in one door, out through the other
Bricks along a wall
All so close together
Not a slit for light to leak in nor to leave

Wind soughing in the pines and willows
Needles or leaves
Intricately woven
Light glittering throughout, over the sky

Like a teeter-totter, down goes the sun
Up comes the moon
Out shine the stars
The celestial currents shift, sighing OM

The universe expands, galaxies wheel
Through the darkness
What is the dark, the
Last of the light where the Bang ends


"And?" "And?" "What begins?" "Nothing."





UTILITY

5-7-00


Counting the leaves
I'll find out why I'm doing this, you wait
Sandwich in hand, you take a larger bite
Number faint stars

Pine needle tea "C"
Edibles along damp ditches and divides
Land mines will make the legless dancer
Slide behind a tree

Divisions on earth
Rape the land and ravish the bodies of
Those who bear your hatred of life how
Does a solider live

With what he does
To his sister's body, pull the shades of
Consciousness around a last darkness
Shut the one door

"And?" "And?" "What begins?" "Nothing"




DREAD

5-7-00


"And?" "And?" "What begins?" "Nothing."
But that is the sweetest of sweet dreams for
Nothing to be in the night when one sleeps to
The darkness without light in a sister's belly

Who is afraid of the darkness during sleep
Nightmares pains and oceans of dread you
Dream at night but you sleep without pain
The little deaths of love the longer death of

Sleep the great death of never coming back
The pine needles and the pine the oak leaf
In winter's rest twisting twigs of a woods'
River steam eddying before its nothingness

You cannot untangle the strands of a weir
The density of water and the utility of air
Meet with destiny on a path in the forest
Dance with the bodiless dancer, sigh OM


"And?" "And?" "What begins?" "Nothing."









Copyright © 2000 Jan Haag
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Jan Haag may be reached via e-mail: jhaag@u.washington.edu




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