BY JAN HAAG

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





NOSTALGIA FOR THE PRESENT

1981




The cicadas like
electrical impulses
fill the afternoon
from one fastness of the universe
to another
buzzing
filling my heart with summer
leaves in abundance
covering the forest
grass covering the hills
love welling up
spilling across your
body
my body
awash
with the soul-contracting
surprise
of a gasp
as you touch my hand
my face
as you touch my belly
like a cicada
full of electrical impulses
in the quiet
of the summer afternoon
where two lives intersect
I hardly dare breathe
with your fingers
against my lips
your touch on the very
apex of my heart
electrical impulses
as pervasive
as the cidada's hum
through the summer afternoon
as the mist
obscures the number
of the leaves
on the trees
and my heart
cries
with longing for
this moment
to happen
forever






Copyright © 2000 Jan Haag
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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




THE DEVAYANI POEMS

Father

Feeding Frenzy

Gifts

India

Interstellar Space, 7-5-97

Lung-gom-pas

Micro Paleontology

Nothing

Point of View, 7-5-97

The Roaring Silence of God, 4-3-95

Roots

Ryoanji

Silence

Solstice, 12-21-97

Steady Drizzle

Two Tomatoes



BY JAN HAAG


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