(Pocket Poetry)
by Bruce Gunther 


The heavy winds don’t know me
or the hands that hold this book.
Winds that bully their way through
the leaves and branches of the maple.
Winds that carry coded messages
from Istanbul and the front lines
of Kyiv.
Winds with the hot breath
of a filibuster,
with fire that
melts glaciers.
Blown from the Valley of Death
while the Buddha points to the moon.
It is Thursday and I’m enraptured
by heat and wine.
A dragon fly circles briefly,
as if offering a ride.
All of it in this moment
within a sacred dream
while ambassadors of love
begin their speeches
from an empty canyon.
While winds speak the language
of ancient couriers plodding
across a vast expanse
of desert, the sun
beating with every heartbeat.

Copyright © 2022 – Bruce Gunther . All rights reserved.

About the Author 

Bruce Gunther 

Bruce Gunther is a retired journalist and writer who lives in Michigan. He’s a graduate of Central Michigan University. His poems have appeared in The Comstock Review, Modern Haiku, The Dunes Review, Muddy River Poetry, and others.

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