Sunday, August 26, 2012

Three Poems by Dane Karnick

Land of Nod
Rosario strait
crumples my view
of quietude
anchored on
Orcas island
that has speckles
of granite and
brush strokes of fir
along its canvass
though negligible
to the business
of toes writing
zeros in waves
where the tide yields
to beach sand
with a curtsy
to the sun
granting lavender
for a kayaker
to paddle the rest
of water's lisp
and pull ashore
the close of day
while I wait
for Cygnus
the swan
to guide night
overhead as
color from sky
so inertia
can slip in bed
with everyone.
Vital Signs
A madrone leaf
in the shelter
of granite
is nursed
by a puddle
for the days left
behind the streak
of brown
existence from
as plant cells
their membrane
in a farewell
to alliance.
Out of Place
A beached fir
lays on its side
at one end
lost treasure
full of stones
that spill out
their wealth
of smoothness
gliding under
my fingers
in contact with
tabula rasa
as I skim
the ocean
of amnesia.
Dane Karnick grew up by the Colorado “Rockies” and lives in Seattle. His poetry has recently appeared in Subliminal Interiors, Orion headless, The Rainbow Rose and Montucky Review. Visit him at

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