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

Haiku Morning

overcast like mourning robes five white horses on a small hill tears of rain soft upon the window

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Poetry Reading April 13

I’ll be reading with Taylor Graham, El Dorado County Poet Laureate, and Michael Paul, at the El Dorado County Public Library in Georgetown. If anyone reading this happens to be in the area, come on by. It should be quite … Continue reading

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Aspirations

Waiting on sleep, gazing up through the window at the bright cold and clear night — Orion strides in magnificent stature adorned with incandescent jewels. And there is Sirius, and over there the Pleiades, one a trumpet sound of light the … Continue reading

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Contemplum

With a rake I spread the last embers of the bonfire        like fiery butter and I stand basking, gazing down into        a sky-full of red stars

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Bright Unknowns

Christmas lights brightly jewel the frosty fence in morning calm — a car with one lone dawn soldier passes by, leaving only drifting steam that curls slowly, lovingly, above that diadem of colored star-bright gems.

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secrets openly hidden

Pine cones leaning, standing, sitting buddha-like along the path — monuments to beetles, whole planets to fleas, menorah-like jewels to my own eye. I can’t get over how they wait. So quiet here in the still woods. On what secret do … Continue reading

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Slow Soft Flame of Autumn

Wind rolls through these leaves in long exhalations as Atlas labors at the wheel that turns the seasons — now from the last gleam of summer into full autumn. Leaves in maples reflect fires in the furnace that fuels this … Continue reading

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Incantation of the Hollow Moon

The orange gourd rattles in a spectral sky Shadowed shrouds of mist from icy fields fly Heaven’s hollow dome coldly echoes a strange cry Dreams once hopeful wingless by dark stones lie.   _________________ by Kevin Trammel

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Crème Du Halloween

A modest recipe for Halloween (from a previous post). Crème Du Halloween by Kevin Trammel One gob pickled innards, Ten drops black bat glop, An ooze of dead men’s gizzards— Stir, pour, and chop. Add a pinch of spider’s eyes, … Continue reading

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Devil’s Due

Hallowe’en Rhapsody by Kevin Trammel Written while listening to Tartini’s Devil’s Trill The Devil crouches low in the dry moonless field and watches with wide black eyes the dim lights of the house in the wood. Plucking foxtail from his … Continue reading

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Land of the Balrog

[ click here for more artwork by Kevin Trammel ]

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The Face in the Shroud

[ click here for more artwork by Kevin Trammel ]

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driving

through Indian Summer we drive swirling leaves behind us — death’s glowing portals so near

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The Sierra’s Dragon

It’s hot and dry in the Sierras like a blowtorch. 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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