Native Star by Stan Renfro
Two collections of poetry by Stan Renfro
All in Orbit by Stan Renfro

From a trip around America



Hours along the Allegheny -

Geese, six, by the shore;

The train moves on.


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Icicles off rocks,

The Allegheny disappears

Into its origins.


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"Siver Meteor"

To Miami, carry me

Away to the sea.


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"It looks like you're

Locking up a Harley Davidson,

For God's sakes."


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Waders with vistas

Of mangrove isles, the sea

A sheen shimmering silver.


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Mangrove shades float horizons.

Shore bird shallows - day's dome

Zeniths a sun.


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Turtle grass flats...

Each silver flake of sunlight

Cast off finite wavelets.


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Above the flat sea

Clouds arc round a zenith sun

As low white spores.


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Mangrove dashes on

A bar of ocean, silver-flaked,

Birds touch down on.


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Winds in palms. Tiers

Of solo cumulus, rose-violet,

Rove over sea.


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The smoothness of small boats

On water willing with

A dip of oar to go.

( for Chuck)


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Spindrift lines of white

Where wind intersweeps the sea;

Fish welling below.


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Rocking train, racheting wheels

To rails, while sleepers

Slump about, dozing.


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If on this trip

I met only you,

It was worthy.

( for Sandra)


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Three swans in flight,

The Hudson a sweep of sea

Fomenting in mountains.


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Ice flows blowing north

With wind, although the river

Freights for sea southward.


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Bays frozen to jade

Marbled white, crimp

The inner seas of Canada.


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Turrets, towers, gables

Loft Montreal to the sky

Even with skyscrapers by.


***


Submerge myself in

Montreal. Have coffee

In a foreign nation.


***


Pay for seconds

In Canadian coin:

Count by English quietly.


***


Soft and gentle, French

Can be inconsequential melody,

Cafe-side.


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Plastic parasols buggies

In Montreal - no garish

Neon lights.


***


These rails stretch

To the West Coast. My train aligns

The length in three days.


***


Chicagoans may share

Mozart at the Culture Center.

It's for free.


***


The moon reflects on ice

This horizon that knew

Buffalo by millions.


***


Over the verge -

White snow, white sky:

Phantom buffalo herds oncoming.


***


Spokane, Washington

Train terminal. Train stopped.

Lights out. People whisper.


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St. Lawrence, Columbia,

Hudson pour. Two women

Hug for photos.


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Mount Hood, like Mount Fuji,

Rises and deepens on

The Columbia, train-side.


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Eugene's daffodils bloom.

People gather, apart,

In the public library.


***


Maté, cocoa, sasparilla

And vanilla: Aztec

Sunrise tea. Drink.


***


Have some tantric mushroom

Gravy or blueberry-apple

Compote, please.


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"Our eggs are uncaged,

Hormone and antibiotic free."

The chickens?


***


Oaks engreened by moss,

Mists come down the cliffs.

Beehives, white, edge forest.


***


Cascades, most mighty mountains:

Cascades ethereal in mist

Plunge off.


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Soothe me for those dead,

Oh owl, for those next to go.

Watch over us.


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The kiss of waves,

A seal submerges,

Spindrift time so turbulent.


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Ferocious turbulence,

Ocean surge, take down

Ships, throw bodies shoreward.


***


Atlantic, Pacific,

Partitions of a whole

Mightier than consciousness.


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Gull, grounded by a sea

Made of God and Rachel Carson,

Curling on.


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The train gaining speed

And direction, the distance

Spreading out behind.




— Stan Renfro

Feb/March 2009