Sunday, July 15, 2012

Three Poems by Phillip Maguire

Autumnal Words

Solstice approaches
compacting colorful days
between dark ends

Bulky blackbirds bank
beneath a liquid blue sky
as sun-reflected rectangles
blossom from hillside houses
and painted letters tumble
from deciduous paragraphs
while leathered leaves
scrabble across sunlit streets
and wind chimes sing
long tubular tongues
their colors combining
in mixed moments

Mid-Winter's Night

and imbroglios
of snow surround the
ground around the house

round moon and mad Mars
ignite the night while
white winds chime the dark
moments until dawn

Tibetan Bells

a spider’s wire
bows in brisk breeze
between brick and post
wind chimes ping steel
cylindrical sounds
while rusty Tibetan
bells clunk bluntly
asking me to be
fully present
to embrace the
and exquisite
of being human
and share in the
grand indifference
of Being

Phillip Maguire is an Emergency Medicine physician and self-proclaimed Zen Baptist. His hobbies include bicycling, gardening, cooking and creative writing. His short stories and poems have been published in print and online. His collection of short stories and poems, "Thunder Under Water", and poetry, "Reversed", are available at

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