Tuesday, December 13, 2016

I Had to Peek


Two sips into the first cup,
I am the sun returning from a long journey
As seen glinting through palm leaves
Where there has never been a road.
I write this to see what's there
Behind that wispy veil.

From that distant place
I see myself
As angelic birds
Criss-cross the space between
The light emerges
Exploding across the sky
As I take another sip

At this point,
I have to close the curtain
Or go blind.
A soft whir enters my mind
Your voice, on some far away highway
Singing to the tree along the way.

At this point,
I have to close the curtain
Or go blind.
A soft whir enters my mind
Your voice, on some far away highway
Singing to the trees
along the way.

I look around
Neither here nor there
But in it's place
A gift remains
Waiting to be unwrapped
From somewhere deep within
Revealing the treasure
Of yourself as you truly are
My gift to you this day


— Russell Rosander


I Had to Peek had its genesis during an IM exchange that we were having about seasonal poetry. At the end of our conversation I came to realize that Russell had written this poem. As for the title, I borrowed that from Russell's parting words to me that day, "I could never wait. I had to peek!"

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

Russell's latest chapbook of poetry — Seeds Awakening — reflect the author's thoughts and observations in the first quarter of 2016. He has  three other limited edition volumes of poetry — The Devil is the Creator, Heart of One and MotMots Emergency — available for purchase at his 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.