Summa Stipula


“I can write no more. I have seen things that make my writings like straw.”

—St. Thomas Aquinas, quoted in 1273, who authored twenty volumes and Summa Theologica, 3,020 pages, unfinished.


Early morning. Gardenia fragrance rises

the way steam drifts around pond lilies

and billows through the bedroom window,


waking sleepy eyes and misting cheeks.


Through the shades, light blazes bars on the wall

and we reach to grip each golden rung—climbing—where?


Poems are words made of straw,

Feed to chew over and over, cud for the soul


while dreams of alfalfa and clover fields

bloom in green seas


always beyond.


Always beyond our straw.


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