In June,coming home

from Erie Canal, Lockport Locks, 

where the river’s dream flows to the sea

nieces, aunt, uncle, parents, we

were playing the children’s game- 

porcupine, piano, palaces-

naming words that start with p

sing song voices, ascending and fading

the water filled and emptied, 

the boat rose and fell

one sequential stage to the next 

the key and lock in minutes.


Reaching home voices

voices diminished to whispers-

physics paints parallel

points-a heavenly lullaby

in utterance and sleep, 

a different sound of peace.


One Saturday everyone joined

to hike a mountain. The children

leaped and climbed boulders

strewn in disarray everywhere,

hid behind trees, inside crevices,

read the rock’s faces with

astonishment and laughter

cupped their shadows in the stream,

the forest more than a vast

playground they imagined.


We were old shepherds

looking for renewal of youth within

to define performance

in language and play.


Time promised us a gift-

the joy of encounter, the way

to divine the proximity,

the presence.



9 thoughts on “WORDS THAT START WITH P

  1. Edgar…it took some sleuthing but I figured it out..the words and voice were familiar. You started a new blog! I would love to share your poem on my blog, understand if you prefer not but if you are happy for me to do so, please let me know..I am now properly following via email. 🙂


  2. I am experimenting (tentatively at this point) with a new expression of experience too; Jeanne is the go-between. I loved the image of the “shepherds”.


  3. Hello Edgar. Yes, I found my way here thanks to Jeanne, one of my very favorite “friends I have not yet met” on the internet. I wanted to thank you directly for your beautiful poem. So many of us are searching for the peace it provides right now.
    With all of my Best from Arles,


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