Two Ways of Leaving

Here is the stone domed like a turtle
for long life.
Here is the tree cut like a crane
for good health.
Here are the moonbridge and the waterfall.

The road is four parts passage
six parts sky. Where you are going
may the ratios be favorable.
Let us paint pictures of bats
and peaches        for good luck.

The river is two parts passage
eight parts direction. It does not
bring back what it takes away.
Let us paint pictures of peaches
and bats               black against the sky.

— Jessica Goodfellow, author of The Insomniac’s Weather Report

T. S. Poetry