Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Bien Día


I awake this morning
from a dream,
as I often do,
and in the bewilderment
of that emergence,
I struggle
to contain it,
all those broken pieces
of my past lives,
but before I can grasp them,
they disperse
into even smaller fragments
of dawning light.

I climb the kiva ladder
out of that forgetfulness,
from behind those hazy mountains,
out of all my past Easts.
Up from all those
precious, previous
lost worlds.
Feeling all the pain
of each separation
from each separate life
now shrouded
in the obscure darkness
of the past.


Remembering all,
all of the warmth, comfort and love,
each of those moments once held.

Up I climb,
with eyes now open,
up the bell tower stairs,
into the chill morning air,
into the dancing light
of the giver of my life,
the present day,
the keeper of my self and other,
into my only reality,
to give thanks for my being
and to have the temerity
to dare to ask,
to pray,
to hope,
to give,
to say
to let there be
just a little kindness and mercy today.

Good morning.
Bien día.


— Russell Rosander


An artist and poet living in the Costalegre of Mexico, Russell Rosander is also a co-founder of the Bar None Group. Russell hosts weekly readings and discussions on poetry, art, music and literature...but mostly poetry at Chynna's Backstage Bar in Barra de Navidad, Mexico. You can find more of Russell's writing at Russell Rosander Short Stories where Bien Día first appeared.

Russell has two new limited edition volumes of poetry — The Creator is the Devil and Heart of One — available for purchase at his weekly Friday appearances at Hector's Corner Bar in Barra de Navidad. Copies are also available at Babalu's Café and Books in Melaque, Jalisco, Mexico.