Posts Tagged ‘spirit’




Clouds morphing,

chasing through the sky


storming in a buffalo,

scooting off a lamb –


shifty creatures

drawn by the wind.



©  1982, 2018  Betty Hayes Albright


(Revised from a 1982 poem.)


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When she called his name

to the north wind

it roared

through the trees

and made her winter green.


When she called his name

to the mountainside

it rose

up the ridge

like a fever.


When she called his name

to the racing sky

it echoed

like a dozen geese

searching for a season.


When she called his name

to the ocean

it churned

to salt butter

on her toast.


When she called his name

to a sliver of moon

it hung like a lamp

on the dark side

of doubt

and this time she knew

that he heard.


(c) 1995, 2017  Betty Hayes Albright


(a re-post from 2013)


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(A Mayberrie poem – re-post)


And so, did you save

the key, m’lord?

Did you secret it away

to some safe isle?

I see you still

leaning at the threshold,

your face to be read

and kissed a million times

like a beloved poem.


The chambermaid swears

the room never cooled.

She says the walls spark and flare

like the burning bush.

And at night

I fiddle with the lock, m’lord —

under what mat

did you stow the key?


(c)  1995, 2016  Betty Hayes Albright


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Green limbs spread like wings

raising up the eyes of earth

till we learn to fly.


(c) 2016  Betty Hayes Albright



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(a collage of memories)


Falling from the prom

first love stuck

to the seat of the car

till Beach Boy good vibes

lit my quarter-carat ring

as it snagged on my impatience

and scratched at your freedom

and one rainy Monday Monday

in a miscarriage of spring

you returned it to the jeweler

who confessed the stone was flawed.


Ten stairs down

in a choke-filled, red-eye cave

we found a collage

of wine-bottle candles

and short black beards

where daddy-o played chess

and argued on absolute bongos,

and espresso-laced poets

beat cement floor philosophy,

and black leotards

on bar stools sang

in dilettante protest

till someone spun Baez

and laughed

when I just ordered tea.


No cooking in rooms,

we ate pop-tarts cold,

connected the dots

in philosophy

pretending to like home-made beer

and the rain fell

on Glen Yarborough

and we knew the war

wasn’t over

but Camus didn’t care

and Nietzsche’s God was dead

so we slid brown leaves

to the A & W

and waited for mail

from home.


It began in May,

that shoeless summer,

long hair hung low

between hot bikini tans,

salt water steamed

from our backs,

eyelashes and dimples

crossed the railroad tracks;

there were lines

and moves,

and always forget-me-nots

growing from our cleavage.


He followed me

to green music nights

to deep-lidded eyes

in bell-bottom mirrors

where we listened to Dylan

and danced to the Doors

and slid down the hill

playing and laughing

between tangled hair

and a purple-beaded dawn.


House-mother asleep

I slipped with you

in the bark-soft rain

up waterfalls

to your winking lake

where you wet my lips,

St. Christopher pressing

into my breast

and the red canoe

rocked over the edge,

smiling at

tomorrow’s raised brows.


He said he liked

the way I walked,

sang Dean Martin

with his motorcycle cocked

till I went with him

to Sehome Hill

and he stopped being Dean

and the meadow grew thorns

as he twisted my slap

grinding into the shock

knowing I’d never tell,

for back then

women blamed themselves.



your ‘59 Fairlane

got us there

to cruise Birch Bay

and puzzle over

the Ode to Billy Joe

and we answered yes

to Gracie Slick

while smokey sunsets

stopped the show

and you held your stomach in

as we laughed

across a Sunday-funny dream.


We rode the night

on magic carpet street signs

where Joni sang hair-flowers

and headband crochet,

and the Taco Time spilled

and stuck to bare legs

as I felt your jacket comfort

in Sergeant Pepper incense

and the pull

of your blue-light eyes.


© 1993, 2015 Betty Hayes Albright


(a re-post, originally written in 1993. It’s been 48 years, yet 1967 – especially that long, hot summer – is still a vivid memory. It was a time of great change, personally, socially, politically, and spiritually.)

“Echoes” was originally posted on my 1960’s blog – Summers of Love .

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View from apartment window


Spirits of the trees

follow me everywhere

peek through my window.


Gentle flames of love

follow you everywhere

shine through your window.


(c) 2013  Betty Hayes Albright

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What is it

that makes us dream

an alternate reality

as if such possibility

had fleshed in,

begot life?



(c) 1981, 2018  Betty Hayes Albright

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I give my body

for your tables

and your chairs,

for bracelets

and for drums.

You hammer me

into your floors,

untie my shiny knots

beneath your feet.

Can you hear me whisper?


My branches stretch

to stars and wind

and fold you close at night,

and in the dawn

you grind me

into sawdust

for your paths

and playgrounds.

You dance a jig on me.

Can you hear me sigh?


My leaves

suck the poison

from your air

and shield your faces

from the heat.

Then tenderly

they cover Earth

with patchwork colors

suckling winter into spring.

Can you hear me now?

I am Tree.


©  2012, 2016  Betty Hayes Albright


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.   .    .    (from 1979)


Warm obedient flesh,

this sleeping dough

goes in where I push

and out where I pull

and folded

melts into itself

stretching dreams to gluten

on the floured board.

It wakens

and I start to rise

from hidden realms

that no eyes

will ever know

but yours.


©  1979,  2018  Betty Hayes Albright

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.    .    .    (old one from 1976)


I thought it safe inside my cage,

but could I learn to fly?

Such warmth between those steel walls,

but would my spirit die?


So when I found the gate was raised

a trifle bit too high

I closed my eyes and held my breath

and jumped into the sky.


In fear I fell, a feathered stone,

my throat choked out a cry,

Is this the end? Was I a fool

to kiss my cage goodbye?


All I did was flounder more

as night was drawing nigh.

It seemed the worst was happening

and none could tell me why.


Then something warm stirred at my sides,

my wings were going to try!

The dawn broke only just in time

to blow my feathers dry.


At last I could fly sure and straight

with clarity of eye.

Free and strong, I knew now

that my cage had been a lie.


©  1976, 2012  Betty Hayes Albright 

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