June 18, 2012

John Brehm

DECOMPOSITION

Framed in the upended triangle
of the dead pine’s
now un-

grasping
roots a cluster of
larkspur perfectly composed.

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SMALL TALK

Death and beauty and
the of of each
gives us

all we
need to say
then takes it all away.

from Rattle #36, Winter 2011
Tribute to Buddhist Poets

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John Brehm: “I started writing these short, six-line poems as a counterpoint to my longer, talkier poems. They’re very much influenced by the 12th century Japanese poet Saigyo, a captain of the imperial guard who abandoned palace life to become a wandering Buddhist monk.” (website)

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