“Content” from my forthcoming book, “Settling Stones” (tentative title)
(for Aşkim ZD)

Today life is calm
even my hair is still
as it blows gentle
in floral scents of fall


as silent as our apricot
tree with its crisp-straw
leaves and balding branches.

In this silence there
is surrender to the world’s
evolving clock

a peace that comes from knowing
you are in the proper place and with
a man that is your fate –

so you look at the rocks,
stones that are grayed
over time

they too are still.
Oblivious to the tickle of beetle
and sting of wasp –

content with cat’s yawn and bird’s
flutter of whispering wing

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