When entering the Gorge, leave behind all preconceptions. Let yourself be carried off on a stream of consciousness that tickles the heavens as readily as it grinds down stone.

Be Aware And Beware


When you express yourself,

reveal yourself, expose yourself,

sharing with others your thoughts,

dreams and intuition, people

react to you in two basic ways


One is to relish in you, to feast

in your nature, to water your roots

and nurture what you offer, to open

themselves to new possibilities,

welcoming you, embracing you,

sharing parts of themselves with you,

aspects they had up to then kept private,

under lock and key, beneath tightly woven cloth

and flamboyant gratuity — parts they now

feel they can disclose, just as you did when

you opened your mind, heart and soul to them


The other is to embellish you with mock,

scorn and dubious humor, or lather you up

with silent acquiescence, nodding their

heads and shaking your hand,

diving back inside the motions of their

routine as soon as they can, eager to resume

their scripted to and fro, without further ado,

itching to stick the world back on their precious

pin, on the head of which they enjoy dancing,

the world writhing beneath their feet


Such are the ways of people. You’ve known it long,

but pretended not to because you wanted to hold on

to a version of a world more welcoming and worthwhile.


From the poetry collection IF YOU FALL, RISE AGAIN