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Twaiku Poems: Volume 1

During this pandemic time, I began to craft some short poems.

I posted them on Twitter.

I use 'tweet-size' as my creative boundary.

280 characters to say something: they are my 'twaikus'.

(You can find Volume 2 here.)

If they suck, at least they are brief.

I hope they don't.

-Dan




215


genocide

used to be evil in others


the past

faraway


mislead by demagogues

gas chambers

rwandan machetes

sarajevo graves

others


no longer


hundreds of children lie

buried to be forgotten

found in my neighborhood

families known to my kin

close to home

remembered


Dan Hines

2021

Photo by Dan Hines




tendrils pushing

splitting rock

seeking water

nutrient

solid in the earth

eating sunshine

sugar flows

the alchemy of leaves

outstretched hands to sky


i yearn to be so rooted

in trusting

to feed

by sunlight

on my skin

to offer sweet fruit

a soulful life

in season


Dan Hines

2021

photo by Jon Moore



irish


my ancestors starving

poor

left a green island

arrived refugees

landed on a turtle’s back


the next generation here

stole the land

for cattle

to build a life

montana alberta

i inherit it all


my body knows

violence

loss

oppression


my mind

coming

to terms

slowly


Dan Hines

2021

photo by Nils Nedel



rapture & rupture


one vowel differs

a world lies between


i rise into unity

bliss mystery

all that is

rapture


i dive into my wreck

wounds unhealed

the soulful DNA of calling

rupture


one vowel between

ascent

descent


this hopeful tragic place

i abide with you


Dan Hines

2021

photo by Kristopher Roller



bird on a wire

to be free

the poet reveals two voices


one voice begs

he is thin, crippled

he gently says

'it’s enough

be satisfied'


another voice offers

in a dark doorway

she smells of oranges

'there is much more

take it'


the drunk sings


-Dan Hines

2021


thank you L. Cohen for the song that haunts me

photo by Joshua Daniel





i managed a zoo

true story


Zara our young cougar jumped the fence

we found her

next to her pen


she was free

yet immobilized with fear


she returned to captivity


i desperately leap like her

beyond my imagination

my readiness to be free


how to run with wild abandon?


Dan Hines

2021

photo by Wilson Chen




disarmed


wedged on reef

ripped open hull

Capt. Cook ‘s Endeavour stuck

cannons dumped

ship lighter

no safety from pirates


free

defenseless

repair the wound


my protection is heavy

stuck

paralyzed


toss old weapons

free

defenseless

repair the wound


Dan Hines

2021

photo by Rowan Simpson




too much dwelling on today's news

the latest bombing in Kabul

my heart corrodes

my cynicism paralyzes


too much denial of today's news

flying above tragic reality

evading my role in injustice

compassion dies within


how to stand here?

open

heart tender

heart secure


Dan Hines

2021

photo by Scott Kelley




dumping

my advice all over you

is not what you needed


it was less painful

than sitting with you in bafflement

and sorrow

and mystery


you asked for my presence

that was all


i did not trust a grace in you

i do not control


because i doubt that grace is mine too


Dan Hines

2021

photo by Kristina Tripkovic



i have forgotten so much

books that inspired me

courses that changed my life


now i have only fragments in my memory

ah, my soul reminds me

it is all compost

the carbon, the water are used

nutrient & ash remain


i can grow food for myself and others

that is enough


Dan Hines

2021

photo by Edward Howell




you repeat that old story

tossing it up in the air

i have heard it before


you are threshing grains of memory


my patient attention is breeze that blows off chaff

you sift through the dense kernels

retaining the wisdom


i pray eventually you can make bread from this


Dan Hines

2021

Photo by Shalitha Dissanayaka




it does not help to pretend to be

someone i'm not


it costs me to maintain a façade


my ability to serve anyone is blocked

when i'm superficially there


my failures in relating

can be traced to behaving on the surface

in a way inauthentic

to what i'm truly sensing

feeling

thinking


Dan Hines

2021

Photo by Rhett Wesley



immune system

your soul has one


it keeps you safe

from me


when i hide coercion in 'help'

when i have an agenda

for you

when i veil analysis

seeing you as a problem

needing a solution


i trip your defenses

you protect your heart

you remember


Dan Hines

2021

Photo by Umesh Soni




inverse relationship

your complex life situation

and the usefulness of my advice


direct relationship

your complex life situation

and the usefulness

of my deep listening

quiet presence

open-hearted questions


Dan Hines

2021

Photo Tim Johnson



alas, here and now

and open

is all I have left to offer you


who I am in this simple knowing

how I meet you


the rest

the drama

is illusion


don't get me wrong!

I cling to delusional control

outcomes

and attachment desperately


Dan Hines

2021

Photo by Hans Vivek

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