This by Joann Rusch from the new book of poetry published by our own Coalesce Bookstore in Morro Bay. It's a second publishing venture by Coalesce Press and is a rare and wonderful thing -- a lovely book of poetry by four talented local poets. "Where our palm rest . . ." poems by local Beverly Boyd, Carol Alma McPhee, Joann Rusch, Bonnie Young is available at Coalesce.
Signals in Space
Doors have closed, but windows,
cracked by the cold, have opened to sun
since the cold spring years ago
when you drifted to the sea.
I've tried vision quests, Monk's jazz
and Billie Holiday. I've met new men
and old monastics and fallen in love
with grandchildren and with Charlie Rose
on late night TV in the bed that fit
better with you.
Now that you're on the other side, do you
still have a passion for questions
without answers? I pray no repose
of the soul for you, captured in a plot
of earth. Rather, I wish you startling
skies, planets aligning, and now and then
a paraboloid homing between us.