For Leonard Cohen

These poems, written in January of 2018, were published in Noon #14, August 2019, except for “snow falling,” which appeared in Gift of Silence: A Haiku Tribute to Leonard Cohen (Ottawa, Ontario: Éditions des petits nuages, 2018), edited by Angela Leuck and Mike Montreuil.

the ash of poetry
filling the hearth . . .
winter chill

                silently I add
                a hallelujah . . .
                first snow

                                dark aquarium—
                                a crack in my poem
                                lets in the light

                                                kelp swelling
                                                in and out
                                                I become the ocean

                                                                snow falling
                                                                after the funeral
                                                                a deeper silence