The Astrohaunts: A Skyless Cloud

(Read the introduction to the Astrohaunts here.)

In the Babine Range a mountain stood,
It stood alone in wild wood
And wanted more than mountains should.

It called to Cloud:
“My dear, come here,
You float so low in skies all clear,
Come sit and chat and share in cheer.”

The ghost ocean of the sky
Coasted toward the buried lie.

Mountain trembled, soft and sly,
Then breathed deep as Cloud drew nigh,
Pulling him into his stony core,
Pouring him into bony ore.

Old Sun stepped back aghast
That this attack had passed.

Lynx felt it.
Kreke knew it.
Leif saw it.

And they were there,
Cutting through the frightened air.

They crashed to Earth,
They crushed the earth,
Bucketing Cloud out with all their worth –
Streams of golden silver,
Veins of gold that burned white hot,
Gulping rubies by the lot.

Back from underground to thunder bound,
Cloud was again a drifting thought.
Wonder wound through Mountain
Then he collapsed distraught.

But they did not forget him,
No the Astrohaunts did not.

They said to him:
“We could be kin.
Know your depths, for they are dark,
But under all beats diamond heart.

You’re too alone.
We need to share.
Come be known,
It’s time to care.”

They gathered pebbles, boulders, sand,
They held the mountain in their hands
And carried him throughout the land,
Leaving him with valleys, rivers, hills,
And to this day he stands their still.

He is in the Babine Range,
Still stands alone in wild wood,
But as the Astrohaunts arranged
He’s enlarged his neighborhood.

One day you may see something strange,
An inter-element exchange,
A cloud move against the wind,
Pick up a pebble he calls friend –

You’re looking at a change.

Down a Hole

I rode a rabbit down its hole,
It meowed and barked and growled,
I hugged it hard and howled.

Now you may ask:
Kyle, why ride a rabbit down its hole?
It’s dark and dirty, what’s the goal?

And I might say:
To not is dull.
Be it rabbit, bear or boar,
Fox or crab, snake or mole,
They know where to find a door
Straight into adventure’s soul.

Why ride a rabbit down its hole?
You could find a million mile worm,
The treasure of a troll
(That is, old socks it likely stole),
An undiscovered germ,
Or, not North, not South,
But the rumored Center Pole!

Why ride a rabbit down its hole?

Because you never really know.

Down a Hole

Illustration by MB.

What I Don’t Know

I’d rather know what I don’t.
I know did,
What’s all this won’t?

The alphabet I know I know
But what’s out there past Z?
The shapeless, shameless,
Nameless, blameless,
I don’t have eyes to see.

But then I’d know
And then I’d go
And write this same old poem.

So I suppose
I’ll just not know –

I’ll be glad to know that though.

Summer Job?

A plumber!

While I’m a fanatic fan of fruits,
None compare to plum.
Royal purple on the outside,
And inside – golden purple yum.

I’ll help plum trees become the best
Fruiters they can be.
Though I think we all can see,
Doing what they do,
They’ll bring out the best in me.

Yes, this coming summer
I’mma be the next up-and-comer!

What’s that?

As a job it’s rather wetter?
And has to do with toilets?

Even better!

I’m gonna be a plumber!

What I Want to Be When I Grow Up

Drawn by RW.

What I Want to Be When I Grow Up 2

Illustration by Ugmotaur whose work can be found here.

Fair Maiden

A fair maiden
Left her heaven,
Where every hopeful
Dream was made in.

Her toes touched Sea,
Waves walked her in,
Begging that she
Never leave them.
Tentacles rose up
And grabbed,
But Earth sank Sea
As up it stabbed
Into new land
And clasped her hand
With icy diamond
And one demand:
Night awoke in lightning
As stars streaked toward the ground,
Blinding even ancient trees
With a constellation crown.

And she said, “Stop.”

They had to heed the call.

“All you powers push and pull,
I am not here to join you all,”
And then sunk into darkest halls,
Walking through the world’s last wall,
Finding nightmares
In mid-fall,
Reaching for the nightmared,
There to help and hold.

“It’s okay.
You are safe.
I’ll be with you
Till you wake.
Then you’ll go,
But have faith,
For I am Love
In different shape.”

How to Be Taller

The secret to taller?
Step up to the altar.
I have the great honor
To serve as your scholar.

Stretching?  Why bother?
They say no more water,
Drink milk by the saucer,
Down mountains of cobbler,
You must believe harder!
Pray!  Yes!  And holler!

They’re naught but big talkers,
They’ve nothing to offer,
Those gibbering toddlers.
They’re goners as solvers.

My cure’s not a dollar.

The best way to be taller
Is find someone smaller.

Why, you’re just a bit shorter.
Let me make you an offer.