Owl Song To be fully present at the birth Or the death of someone is to be aware Of a transparent gate, unmoved right there In the center of the room. Neither its entrance nor exit contradict Its space, like the same gradient Of sky at dawn and dusk. Life and death, Day and night, circulate a gate. When this happens means As much as what. When can certainly be Mere coincidence, a randomness. When something happens does link A chain of events. When can feel Predetermined, even fated. Perhaps Most mysterious of all, when can seem To descend by way of some divine plan. How one interprets what happened when Is a most volatile power of human will.
Elder Gideon is the author of “Aegis of Waves” (Atmosphere, 2021) and co-author with Tau Malachi of “Gnosis of Guadalupe (EPS Press, 2017). He’s an alumnus of the 2021 Community of Writers, directed by Brenda Hillman and showing sculpture this fall with Verge Gallery’s Open Studio Tour in Sacramento.