I caught this morning morning’s minion, king-
dom of daylight’s dauphin, dapple-dawn-drawn Falcon…
-Gerard Manley Hopkins
Patrician red-shouldered hawk this morning from his
outpost high in a maple gives the pond something more than
notions of white – gray-white, clear-white, icy-white. No. He is
dapple-dawn-drawn, focused, hungered, and solitary.
Palliative song of the white-throated sparrow renders my
overambitious penguin-walk across the ice a bit less awkward.
Noncommittal wind has swirled yesterday’s ice-melt into whirling arcs;
dancers in lace grand jete across the pond toward spring.
Pious with its mellow hissing in the trees,
onomatopoetic voice of the rain, a sound
nearly silent; more vision than sound is the rain
drumming on the melting skin of the pond.
Knows desire without an object of desire,
All mind and violence and nothing felt.
He knows he has nothing more to think about.
Like the wind that lashes everything at once.
-Chaos in Motion and Not in Motion
* Second day in a row with gusts to 50 or more
Petulance and ego this wind that lashes everything at once,
obstructive and deep-throated, grumbling up from the hills,
nefarious creature buffeting self-portraits into the pond’s surface,
diagrams of this shape-shifting shade, all violence and nothing felt.
John L. Stanizzi is author of the collections – Ecstasy Among Ghosts, Sleepwalking, Dance Against the Wall, After the Bell, Hallelujah Time!, High Tide – Ebb Tide, Four Bits, and Chants. His newest collection, Sundowning, will be out this year with Main Street Rag. John’s poems have appeared in Praxis, Prairie Schooner, American Life in Poetry, The New York Quarterly, Paterson Literary Review, Blue Mountain Review, The Cortland Review, Rattle, Tar River Poetry, Rust & Moth, Connecticut River Review, Hawk & Handsaw, and many others. His work has been translated into Italian and appeared in many journals in Italy. His translator is Angela D’Ambra. John has read and venues all over New England, including the Mystic Arts Café, the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival, Hartford Stage, and many others. For many years, John coordinated the Fresh Voices Poetry Competition for Young Poets at Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington, CT. He is also a teaching artist for the national recitation contest, Poetry Out Loud. A former New England Poet of the Year, John teaches literature at Manchester Community College in Manchester, CT and he lives with his wife, Carol, in Coventry.
Editor’s Note: This is the second set of entries from the POND project to be published at Praxis Magazine Online. You can read more about the project and see the first set of entries here. Temperatures mentioned in the four entries above are 2.2C, -3.8C, -3.8C, & -2.7C.