A Transcendental Almanac
Paperback: 92 pp.
A Transcendental Almanac takes you through a one-year span of the seasons, inviting you to linger in each month’s four poems. Beginning in April, with nature exultantly proclaiming its freedom from hibernation, and ending, the following March, after the cyclical passing of summer, autumn, and winter, the book evokes an intimacy with the flora and fauna, the life and essence, of the world’s elemental existence.
Sunday morning admits me
Into its sleepy, leafy garden —
Covenantal ark of the quick —
Where light and dark
Are gradations of sun and shadow,
Weaving holy strands of days
Around a Maypole rising from my soul.
I traipse through our fecund backyard,
Dense with trees quivering on a zephyr
That sends glimmers in all directions —
A liquidless sea of immensity,
Glistening with lambent emerald waves.
My essence is defined by its intensity
And at one with its viridescence.
Ensconced in this bee-dazzled daydream,
Lost to the enchantment of this refuge,
I grow gradually drowsy,
Lie down on the seething grass,
Beside a bed of gnarled hostas about to unfurl.
Each breath I take is a green inspiration
Metamorphosing me into a tree of life everlasting.