Return is how the Way moves.
— Laozi


not enough windows — electric light at noon

electric light at noon — not enough windows


a wood stove just like
my mother’s — rusting away

rusting away — my mother’s
like just a wood stove


a garden screen, weathered planks
hung on firm posts — my yoga wall

my yoga wall — hung on firm posts,
weathered planks screen a garden


a chime made
     of tuned aluminium tubes
     suspended by little strings
in what seems to be silence

silence in what seems to be
     suspended by little strings
     of tuned aluminium tubes
made a chime


From A coat of ashes.
First published in Axon 8(1), May 2018