second star to the right, straight on til morning

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This poem is not a traditional Go Dog Go Cafe piece but conversations that S Francis and Christine had about it inspired the name “Go Dog Go” Cafe.  Some days you can still find S Francis and Christine sitting on a broad tree branch, talking and laughing, conspiring and dreaming the way that writers do.

he found her

under the porch

where wounded animals

hide to

lick their wounds

alone

heartbeats racing

bodies trembling

tears trailing

down faces

covered in dirt

from the dark

dusty recesses

 

its not clear

what impulse

made him

extend a hand

she looked

like she might bite

but he was brave

and good-hearted

and knew a thing

or two

about days

that might drive

a child

to hide

under a porch

 

its not clear

what impulse

made her

accept the hand

he had a kindness

in his eyes

and she was brave

even when she was scared

cautiously she emerged

squinting into the sun

 

the open ground felt

vast

exposed

vulnerable

they quickly negotiated

climbing together into

the wide boughs

of the oldest oak

where they sat for hours

eating apples

talking about

pirate ships

that sail in the clouds

treasure troves

and the best stars

to navigate by

 

© 2017 Christine Elizabeth Ray – All rights Reserved

4 thoughts on “second star to the right, straight on til morning

  1. This poem describes a couple day period in this new experience of blogging where I understood the good I could do in the world. Maybe it took me a little bit to sort through how that was going to work, maybe it took some time to figure out how this whole project that feels like my life’s vocation was going to fit inside the existing work of my life, and maybe it took some patience for those who already knew “Steve” to realize the connections between that one and this new one I was trotting out into the world like a fully formed new human… but it was THIS poem that made me realize that all of that sorting out was worth it.

    Thank you for hanging out up in the tree with me, Christine, and nice to see the rest of you visiting, hang out as long as you want – there is room for you, and bring a friend or two.

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