Failing Dams

Propelled irresistibly 

Downstream, caught,

 An unstoppable flood.

Images flash,

Uprooted trees,

Lost in the maelstrom.

Swirling flotsam, jetsam,

Tattered bits 

shattered pieces

all once held dear.

Beloved people, 

Untethered from context

Favorite places,

Unstuck from foundations,

Cherish mementos,

Unshelved from order.

Rolling downstream,

Dooming all ahead,

More weight behind

This churning mass.

Driving inexorably

 toward quiet peace

in endless, silent seas.

Peace in Flight

On this frigid morning,

I don’t even have to try,

To find the face of Buddha

Scrawled across the ice blue sky.

Lidded eyes in quiet contentment,

A ghostly Mona Lisa smile,

Lingers there in frozen heaven,

Visible, for many a mile.

An offered peaceful benediction

To morning travelers on the fly,

Writ on the vault, without intent,

By other travelers flying by.