Alethea; a grounding poem

The poem Alethea, by Mark Hannan in 1993, was written as an invocation creating sacred space and is meant to be accompanied by the beat of a doumbek or celtic frame drum.

Litany by the Sea

  In an abundant wood Of Queen Anne’s lace dried and brown like bamboo, the ant scurries its way over fallen bramble and raspberry thorn, twisted California poppy blooming orange. As I lay there, intertwined listening, I hear an old man with an ancient smile in simple language say – “Every step is a Prayer.” 1…

Memories return now and then

After Many Years Absent Single bits of many houses clumped together green shingled eves, a patched chimney cracked, layered slate roofing, and attic dormers the pale sky almost violet, fading in this between hour after dinner and before bedtime remembering. I have spent the day inside this house, alone going through the rooms one floor…

SUMMER POEM

Squatting like an animal on a concrete curb feeding on a quesadilla below the yellow windows on blue dusk of Grandma’s Southside in the San Francisco Mission, I feel the same wonder at her power to inform the night as I did as a kid lying awake in her bed across the street from the…

Poem: I Must Go to Hephaestus (a Sestina)

I Must Go to Hephaestus (a Sestina) . I try to find comfort for myself not only with words in private but, by howling from the ashes: a raven from dust. Not with words in private, but to go boldly as I tell my tale of a raven from dust; knowing how one can surely wish…