For Willi

Herb in taut drums
essence undisclosed
silence in a silk grove
trees waving at the deaf

twilight now descending
some brothers attending
the sacred paraphernalia
fingers joined at the palm

forgot the goat’s name
hide hardened in the sun
coconut cannon barrel
red-gold-green blazons

draw spoon through honey
churn the ocean of mind
sand castles, white beaches
a paradise for the blind

Douglas Smith, formerly a teacher of Anthropology at York University, is a homeopathic physician.and author of several books on alternative medicine. It is claimed (although Dissident Voice has no proof of this!) that Doug and his partner grow the best garlic in Haliburton County. Read other articles by Douglas.