Thursday, April 20, 2017

A Wall of Lilies

—Poems by B.Z. Niditch, Brookline, MA
(Anonymous Photos)


Perhaps beyond
the wall of lilies

around the river
clearing the Neva

our hearts would collapse
from the church times

in prayer
of chimes

as Pasternak
and his sister

spoke for the last
hour of Vespers

to remember
this Easter hour


The Jerusalem wind
from the air of breath

when Jesus
as a rose of Sharon

in his depth
of death is alive

in memory
of his reality

will survive the garden
as the sinned seek pardon.


The days
which pass over

and cover us
for Easter

under the canopy
of brutal intensity

the Resurrection
when every sound

is a poem
of immensity.


With his poems
of justice

in his valise
hiding from the authorities

and the military

who wish to take away
his contrary soul

he in his verse of wonder
are at peace who sings.


and equivocation

on this dawn
following a deer

in the forest
of the Northwest

watching for hunters
but hoping for rest.


At the window
close to the hills

hearing the bellicose
wind along the roof tops

the rain laughs
at the branches

the sun singes
the lightening of the Oaks

which shiver
in the breeze.


Today’s LittleNip:

—B.Z. Niditch

I walked into the light
of the church

in my most tender
flight and search

feeling I had been
forsaken in the lurch

it was so bright
in its revealing.


—Medusa, with thanks to B.Z. Niditch for his fine poetry and botanical inspiration this morning!

Celebrate poetry!
It’s a busy day today in our area, starting with 
Poetry at the Central Library at noon, 828 I St., Sac., 
or Literature of the Wild’s Round Robin at noon 
at Folsom Lake College in Folsom. Tonight, 
Danté Pélayo will be featured at Luna’s Cafe 
in Sacramento, 8pm, or head over to Davis to hear 
Phillip Larrea and Barbara West at the 
John Natsoulas Gallery, 521 1st St., also 8pm. 
Scroll down to the blue column (under the green 
column at the right) for info about these and other 
upcoming poetry events in our area—and note 
that more may be added at the last minute.

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