Return

It is inevitable.
You must return
to stillness. As the nights

grow longer, and the veil
thins between
this world

and the next,
let your body be
the instrument

that guides you
back to the sweet dusk
of your own quiet

emptiness. Linger here
fearlessly,
with your holy breath

and your tranquility,
for sorrow
is the exfoliation

of the soul
and compassion,
the candle 

that will light you
through the
darkness.

Wake

Sit around autumn’s table
with the heart so full
of sweetness

and of sorrow, and the fragrant
oven that warms you
like this subtle transformation

of friendships turning quietly
into family. Your loss reverberates
through the hearts of the others,

and the wine is passed,
and the chocolate is passed,
and the candles

push through the darkness
like the laughter that you still manage
to somehow find.

Late Autumn Morning

Morning Mist-Kit Hevron Hahoney

Painting:  Morning Mist by Kit Hevron Mahoney

Onetime oranges
and auburns melt
into the rising

landscape. There is
no denying
that the world 

is past the change.
But as you
find stillness 

beneath softened
mountaintops,
something new

emerges quietly –
perhaps it is
the knowledge

of your own two feet,
and not of what has grown,
but rather, of what

has fallen away,
leaving you
the blessed opportunity

to be filled with
nothing but this
impeccable daybreak.

Old Woman

Remind me to get off on
being an old woman,
to love this husk

of body even as
it peels away
from all that is left

of me. Tell me,
in no uncertain terms,
to celebrate 

the letting go, the falling
away and the eventual
discarding. Please read

to me a poem
about love
when soft shapes

and colors
are all that are left
of my vision,

and pink sunrise walks
have receded to dreams.
Remind me

about freedom,
and of the great,
dark mystery

that I spent
a lifetime trying
to understand.

Salmonberry Arts and Publishing

Hello Friends,

Salmonberry Arts and Publishing has published a collection of my poetry on their wonderful website: http://salmonberry.ca/erika-moss-gordon-unlearning-poetry/

Salmonberry is an art, publishing and music production group on Cortes Island, BC, Canada. Founded in 2013 by some of my favorite artists, musicians and writers – Lisa Gibbons, Rex Weyler and Norm Gibbons – who, along with being exceptionally talented humans, are also some of my favorite folks on the planet. Please check them out:

Lisa Gibbons:
http://salmonberry.ca/lisa-gibbons/
http://salmonberry.ca/lisa-gibbons/lisa-gibbons-mixed-media-paintings/

Lisa’s style of work has developed into a mixed media art form, reflecting her environment, the lush coastal landscape of British Columbia, and honoring her connection with imagery from ancient cultures, their art, symbols, and universal archetypes. The themes of her work include the collective unconscious, honoring the wild and sacred, and finding ways to transcend merely human concerns. Her work incorporates watercolour, acrylic, drawing, collage, assemblage, encaustic, gold leaf, creating rich, textured and multi-layered surfaces.

Rex Weyler:
http://salmonberry.ca/rex-weyler/
http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/rexweyler
http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/about/deep-green/

Rex Weyler is a writer on Cortes Island, BC., in Canada. His most recent work is a collection of 14 songs,  “Catch the Light.”His books include Greenpeace, about the founding of the ecology group; Blood of the Land, about indigenous nations in the Western Hemisphere and their response to European colonization; and The Jesus Sayings, a first century history. He is a co-author of Chop Wood, Carry Water, a collection of historic teachings and practical advice.  Rex Weyler was a director of the original Greenpeace Foundation, the editor of the organisation’s first newsletter, and a co-founder of Greenpeace International in 1979.

Norm Gibbons:
http://salmonberry.ca/norm-gibbons/
http://www.friesenpress.com/bookstore/title/119734000012636336

Forthcoming from Salmonberry Arts and Publishing is his fictional trilogy, Edge of Desolation, covering an one hundred year period beginning in 1919 on Cortes Island. Volume One, Voyage of the Arrogant explores the lasting effects of hubris. Praise for Voyage of the Arrogant:

“In this vast and astonishing debut novel, Norm Gibbons tells a sweeping tale of adventure and chicanery. Mythic in scale, Voyage of the Arrogant pays meticulous attention to the poetry of time and place, taking us from the brooding seascapes of Canada’s Desolation Sound to the high peaks of Mt. Kilimanjaro, from the turn of the last century into the future. The cast of characters is memorable. Outlaws and murderers, fishermen poets and pederast priests, oyster farmers and sea captains, widowed wives and fatherless sons bring the legends of the Pacific Northwest brilliantly to life. I read this book with enormous pleasure, heightened only by the knowledge that it is the first of a trilogy.”
– Ruth Ozeki, Man Booker 2013 finalist, A Tale for the Time Being