Denis Johnson

Denis Johnson
Denis Johnson 1949-2017

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Here's to the coming Orionid Meteor Showers ~ and HOORAH for Arizona & Alaska!



The Radiant’s 
the origin point of a meteor shower.
        Peaches redden: branches
                  are propped with juniper posts

and a shovel; steam rises
        from a caldera; stepping
                  through a lava tube, we emerge 

into a rain forest dotted
        with wild ginger; desire
                  branches like mycelium.

Carrying a bolete in a basket,
        we forage under spruce and fir
                  in cool alpine air; 

a plume rises where lava reaches
        the ocean. Who said, out of nothing,
                  nothing can come? We do not lie 

in a meadow to view the Perseids
        but discover, behind a motel,
                  a vineyard, and gather wherever we go. 

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