06 Jul 2017 – Senryu Sequence: Return
  (for Mary Ellen)

Long looked-for ladder:
rung by rung, a frantic climb
to cloistered darkness.

Flight from all feeling,
refuge from the seething rage
that rocked the cradle.

Long lay the dust there.
Voices! Voices all around –
but none were angels.

Heavenly highways
never lead one up – but down,
to imperfection.

Breathe deep, and slowly.
Give the floor the fetters, knots
you wear like armor.

God’s gate has hinges
fashioned from the self-same flesh
you hoped to flee from.