Morning Stays Where It Goes

                   Root-reaching symmetry spreads through the open air into wide leaves and orange blossoms of the squash plants. Cellular time extends, expanding into the next limbs.

            Future adaptation chances the slow pour of animals and plants into and out of Earth. Where the sky’s seen, so the long-dispersed branches of family.

            Waking that would rather not sleep may already be rolling on seriously revolving axles. Where unmitigated propagation unfolds, nakedness begins in the continuum, with intrinsic worth of the finches and grasses, the standing maples and widening catalytic sweeps.

            The ocean rolls through morning, the warmth of being in a room learning love beyond love, love within love.

            As the sun tenders cells alive, life of the road breaks and heals in blends of the miles. Furnaces that fire up Saturday resound in solidness of a flicker feather.

            Root-smoldering presence echoes in the spectrum.

            Swimming within indivisibility may unlock it. Water moves in the presence of light as light in the presence of water.


James Grabill

About James Grabill

James Grabill’s poems have appeared in numerous periodicals such as The Oxonian Review (UK), Stand (UK), Magma (UK), Toronto Quarterly (CAN), Harvard Review (US), Terrain (US), Seneca Review (US), Urthona (UK), kayak (US), Plumwood Mountain (AUS), Caliban (US), Spittoon (US), Weber: The Contemporary West (US), The Common Review (US), and Buddhist Poetry Review (US). His books include Poem Rising Out of the James Grabill’s recent work is online at the Buddhist Poetry Review, Harvard Review, Terrain, Urthona (UK), Shenandoah, The Oxonian Review (UK), Stand (UK), East West Journal, The Common Review, Toronto Quarterly, Elohi Gadugi, Oxonian Review (UK), Plumwood Mountain (AUS), Caliban, Spittoon, Weber: The Contemporary West, and many others. His books include Poem Rising Out of the Earth (1994) and An Indigo Scent after the Rain (2003), both from Lynx House Press. Wordcraft of Oregon has published his new project of environmental prose poems, Sea-Level Nerve: Book One, 2014 (available online -, Book Two, 2015 (now available). A long-time Oregon resident, he teaches 'systems thinking' and global issues relative to sustainability.
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