Author Archives: ktrammel

About ktrammel

Author of Gathered Rain, which can be found on Amazon. Read more on my sites, Flowerwatch.net, or sophilos.net

The Sierra’s Dragon

It’s hot and dry        in the Sierras    like a blow torch. The wind in the puckered oaks sounds like a raging fire. There’s smoke standing in the air like the unseen presence        of a dragon.                        

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Balm and Majesty

There was nearby, along a stream, the hacked trunk of a young tree.  The rest of it lay where it was cast, in the ditch below.  Knowing the neighborhood and those who frequented the path on which this tree once … Continue reading

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Takuan Looks for the Moon

Every night the moon frolics in the stream — yet show me what it has touched or even a shadow. -A rendition of a poem by Takuan, tr. originally by Lucien Stryk in “The Crane’s Bill”

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Gift of the Purple Martin

Walking a path on a hot afternoon, shedding a heavy mantle of work’s entangling thoughts, my attention’s drawn to a shadow on the path — a dark purple swallow rests with his belly buried in the sun-baked sand at path’s … Continue reading

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What is that On the Cover?

The cover of Gathered Rain is a twig of oleander after the seeds have sprung from their pod.  The twig is dropping to the ground in a rainstorm and has just bounced upward after having struck a small puddle. Find … Continue reading

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He Said It

In reading about the new Apple “space ship and thunder dome” I’m reminded of these most apt words from the dark father: “Don’t be too proud of this technological terror you’ve constructed. The ability to destroy a planet is insignificant … Continue reading

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honesty

all alone on this beach I too am but a grain of sand – Johnny Baranski

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Human Potential

  Something worth remembering in an age if nihilism, angst, and turmoil, is the potential of the individual.  It’s only that which attracts and draws the wisdom of the ages and becomes the rich soil for its propagation and perpetuation. … Continue reading

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Snow on the Dogwood March 2017

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Reason’s Scope and the Great Unseen

The following is a contemplation on something I’ve come to appreciate after some years on a spiritual path. I began as a philosophy student in college and studied for years, seeking to sift the nuggets of truth from the vast … Continue reading

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every single thing is many

reading won’t save us from death and reading won’t free us from want then why do we like to be literate the literate lord it over others if a grown man can’t read where can he live in peace squeeze … Continue reading

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sierra foothills storm

the rivers are by these storms made mud red — gashes at the feet of mountains raging westward — the life of the land bled into the sea.

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the moon dangles jupiter

I awoke in the Nectar Hours before dawn. Outside the bright face of the moon gazed down — just below it Jupiter dangled like a diamond earing

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haiku: winter lantern

toyon berries lambent flames in winter dun — tears of Diogenes

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Readings from Gathered Rain

I realize this isn’t the best reading anyone’s ever heard. I did it awhile ago, I was a little ill, and there was no one around listening.  When there is someone to listen, it helps greatly to keep things rolling … Continue reading

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driving the canyon in winter fog

long blond grasses in canyon fog strung with crystal pearls

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Oh So Worth a Visit

There are some finely crafted poems in this issue of hedgerow journal. One of my favorites by Joy McCall:  

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Venus, Mars, and Eternity

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Haiku: Smoke

smoke from the stovepipe — whisked hungrily away by a greedy wind

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Gathered Rain is Good Medicine

Why I think Gathered Rain is good medicine… … As the political climate has grown more turbulent, interest in self-care has risen. Google searches for the term reached a five-year high immediately after the election last November. … if an … Continue reading

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