Rings of Wedding Sounds on a Sea

for two-equal-two: Lisa and Paul, May 22, 2019 – getting hitched with two strangers as witnesses, my new stepdaughter flogging the air with youth, your office mate to capture said event with smart phone, and a County Clerk who was so mellow that watching chocolate melt at room temperature is more exciting


rhododendrons flash now
dreams shared inside Sitka winds
the old you hold
is more than antique
an abiding strength
your hands hold
mine sing our silence
ebb, flow, a dance

you notice river otter
laugh at a wrong way
to seal rock, laugh when
ferns take hold as you
go in reverse to find home

I notice harmonies
you mean worlds
undiscovered to me
pulsars at the bottom
of Pacific anything
you honor my passage
inside fractures of time

sweet sound
your laugh
that holds on to me
no longer misbegotten
together now
a friend, a mate, spirit twin . . . .

Paul Kirk Haeder has covered police, environment, planning and zoning, county and city politics, as well as working in true small town/ community journalism in Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Mexico and beyond. He's worked in prisons, gang-influenced programs, universities, colleges, alternative high schools, language schools, and PK12 distrcits. He organized part-time faulty. His book, Reimagining Sanity: Voices Beyond the Echo Chamber (2016), looks at 10 years of his writing at Dissident Voice. Read his musings at LA Progressive. He blogs from Waldport, Oregon. Read his short story collection, Wide Open Eyes: Surfacing from Vietnam now out, published by Cirque Journal. Read other articles by Paul, or visit Paul's website.