My Wild Place

Surrounded by intention
an island of chaos
in a landscape
of manicured lines
and measured steps

A sanctuary
from propriety
and order
where god-cloaks
have no power

Where hopeless love
and savage murder
play out on stages
of extraordinary scale
in quiet evening shadows

My prize for doing best
by having done nothing at all
a portal to remind me
that I am still of
and not yet from
the wild places
and that in my passing
this world
this yard
this wild place
will do just fine without me

Marv Himmel


Photo by Arno Jenkins

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