The Sky Takes Time

What happens next, of course, adds wind to the winds that foment waves in the waves in standing wheat that shiver with necessary fractals in star-tipped leaves over quashed tectonic abduction.

In cradling air is the rock of salt-sea brandishing.

White-capped waves wreck crashing into harbor.

The worm-holed topsoil inhales, churning over saw-mill philosophy.

Subsistence unscrolls in solar arrays, with the ocean voice in a word, stone in the open gone round.

Sun steps down the silk wick into a kernel of corn.

Earth’s seen from space, a massive blue future light the night rolls over slowly in floods of shivering and calm. On the ground, petroglyphs chart their fissile bones. Unknowing draws back in close-quarter weave.

The stay of sleep propagates.

Those who’ve grieved in a bed have had trees and their blankets that softened. Where cars have been driven, the sky takes longer than this life to exhale.


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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