Thursday, December 16, 2010

Becoming Dead

(Benito Agrela, 15, of Miami, Florida gave up on life, feeling so sick
of the anti-rejection drug he had to take for a transplanted liver.
At his last he hugged his mother, smiled and died.)

'Twas past midnight, lying in bed
but sleepless I chanced to read
of your wondrous becoming dead.

I mean no insult, Ben but awe
which bids me praise your gesture so
sacramental, with grace to bestow.

One cannot simply say: c'est la vie.
'Twas not that so to me.
There's heart in that dark mystery.

Yeah, we do, are going to, will expire.
Brief time's passing may just require
sour, lame, languid spirits at the bier.

We may be mere vessels of mortal clay
that form and grow and then decay:
ashes to ashes is nature's way.

Yet, Ben. You must now know:
something in, of us survives to show
that which your gesture was--

the way to go.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

This morning after

This morning after
a deep dreamless sleep
brings no sunlight east


behind the raincloud scrim
its warm face glows

as in mine, dearheart,
you do

Thursday, December 2, 2010


'The mind has mountains,
cliffs of fall,
sheer no-man-fathomed...'
Gerard Manley Hopkins

Some lives are ended, others just end.
Some deaths make sense; others stun reason
and make minds bend.

Death's a dark gate somewhere unseen
which springs shocking surprise when sudden
but which, when bidden,
delivers definite deletion.

Of the latter the sense lies
in the mercy sought or
in the justice demanded:
a plea for rescue from unacceptable pain
or a rage to remove intolerable evil.

It's when death's gate opens unbidden
when one is caught in the clutch of chance
('accident') that death offends,
morphing from mercy to menace.

In such a death the mind gropes
for meaning, flings grappling hooks
up sheer cliffs one is desperate
to climb up out of.

Deep down its crater
the heart calls out but
no answers come,
only echoes of the cry.

Bereft, what is one to do?
Speak out now, let loose rage
lest it churns currents in caverns
inside the self? before sorrow floods
the basin and burst its chambers?

Or just sit still and be,
aware and wakeful, holding steady,
girded and all for this
dark night's journey of the soul?

Will the time come for answers
to fill the void and bring to heart
love's peace and to mind
its calming balm?

Isn't there a nagging doubt
that all this is but wishful thought,
casting about, seeking anchors afloat
after a loved one's life, sorry to say,
comes to naught?

A senseless death stirs these questions.
The heart is hurt, the mind muddled:
A beloved presence is gone;
a life's work's undone.

One strives to bury griefs;
remembrance is a pledge.
That one will understand and accept
who is to tell, who the sage?

Old prophet Job, you were buffeted too.
What say you of this damn, dumb

Monday, September 27, 2010

The Bard's Call

Will the Bard, my mentor, sends this invite:
Awake, arise! 'tis midsummer night!

From day long sleep's stupor, I stutter my answer:
Er, What? Yes, no dream this! Wits to gather.

Eyes dazed by diurnal drudge's noonday sun,
Now open lids to welcome the night's moon.

Limbs, once yeomen to practical pursuits,
Grow supple, lithe: sprouts wings of thoughts

Friday, September 24, 2010


No fakir he but who submits
to lie naked
on piercing bits
Sweet pleasures of neural itch
he surrenders
so love can reach
What Francis sought
upon the snow,
banking fire river's flow,
Spurning the gift
of vital glow,
To burn anew:
the divine to know

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

A Poem Speaks

(before your tutored eyes
by habit taught decode
this script so swiftly would)

Read me with your lips
as child's tongue licks syllables
to melt away into
its core of sense.

As written I am silent, history.
As spoken I happen, an event.

Whose words I am beg entry
thru your whorled gate, to be
the wind's song in chambers
of who sent me,

as echoes in your mind
of the geste.

Monday, August 23, 2010

An Impression

"On some spiritual quest, we often deny surfaces, decide they are something to move beyond, across, behind, a mask for a motive force. Yet they are our interface. We search endlessly behind things, as if that desire were all, to be sublimated. These are the spaces moved through by Willy Chica’s poetry. Each poem is a gentle fold, a reverential offering to the pyre of ‘becoming’.

In this digital world of poetry sharing, what is unseen is the corporeal self. These are poems of yearning, ambiguous, yet with constant reference to the absent body, the other, woven, “in loomlike bed/ inserting, in pulling/ inlaying, a crafting” Here is a face, a hand, a You, all this reverence, for what is unseen, all this self –unsettling, these strange coils of matter, we see briefly, through tiny word-like portals.

Unified interiors, infinite exteriors, this “Private Sea” the title, quoted from Thoreau, expansive and incomplete, is glimpsed in flashes which punctuate these precisely worded (inter)expressions.

Will’s poems are sensual, a strong chiaroscuro encounter with light and shadow, which shows where the body lays, where the experience is revealed and obscured. They resonate with an affection we cannot help but imagine into, reanimated by our own imaginations, by our own love."

Amanda Joy

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

I Chance Upon

I chance upon your book today
(which I sent for you to write on).
I open it, eager to read thereon
all that you truly want to say.

So pleased to find your pearls, my dear.
(precious, pure, and rare in afterglow)
They bring back those mornings we knew,
when love was fresh and so fair

In thrall I read on...
what is this?
(a pictured canoe almost sunk!)
Inserted love notes, candid frank;
gleeful messages and a kiss?

My heart stops.
Too shocked to see.
(not my island but nearer shore).
These letters are,
I am stabbed in core,
for that new other.
No, not for me

My world stands still now.
This moment
(in this unsaid, this unknowing)
freezes time and space, ravelling
past promise to predicament.

You must read this,
my dear heart's friend:
(from way way back, you say Grade Two?)

I writhe in pain as lovers do
I write of pain so heart can mend

Saturday, August 14, 2010

This Poem Wasn't

This poem wasn't of woman born

from seed of stranger dumb
planted in my mind's womb

multiplying in gestate
in cauldron inchoate

seeking life force to feed
a cry of love and need

'twas but a tiny thread
woven in loomlike bed

inserting, in pulling
inlaying, a crafting

of fabric into quilt
in patterns of my kilt


Who thought it first I do not seek
(some say 'twas probably a Greek);

Neither how nor why it came to be
the measure of things mind can't see,

The fabric without stitch nor seam,
nexus of the one, the only realm,

This house, this home in time and space
we dwell in now then relinquish

To who knows what we were begat
before we were when we were not

This body, this soul, this form and shape
(some say came from that ancient ape);

This mold of wax and wick on fire
burning abode of an aspire

To become that emerging thing
which was always that very being

Always is and always will be
Self of this world and self of me.

Friday, August 13, 2010

The Talker

The talker in my head
thinks he's me.
The fool.

Doesn't he know,
if he ever did,
that some One
stole my soul

and sent it home
to the Whole?

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Watching A Stripper

Some say it's all about a four-letter word : love
longing to break free from lacerating lust's glove
or the other way round, lust lolling in linen trove,
beguiling mind and eye, the crow decked as dove.

Who was it who said (ah, dear old Shakespeare)
that lust's an expense of spirit in , oh dear,
a waste of shame? I say lust's not love's lair:
its desires not disciplined for union and care.

Don't ask me what it's like in the dark,
watching you strip, miming the gross and stark
scenario of sexual sin where you are the spark
which sets fire to and fans the lusty lark.

I am a man like other men, with libido
which often leads, as drink and blind ambition do,
to paths and pitfalls i dare not go
when sober and the risk and loss i know.

Our minders tell us it's all for Art:
that what we witness is but woven part
of a greater whole with moral to impart,
the hook to reveal a hooker's heart.

Aye, there's the rub--such dreams you tease
with now celebrated fancy and ease
may, as siren songs to returning Ulysses,
waylay the voyage to where home and love is.

If this, your latest pose, couples commerce
to Art, good luck. But I'd rather, for my peace,
not pay for the bawdy trip, seductive Rossana.
Better to watch Madonna mime the late, lost Evita

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

He Said. She said.


He: I rise from dreams of thee
She: I dream of rises from thee


He: A good man is hard to find
She: A hard man is good to find


She: How do you love me?
He: Want me to count the ways?
She: Of course, my lusty dear!
He: You'll faint when I ravish and tear


He: I love thee for reasons sentimental!
She: Even in my seasons menstrual?


He: My desire of you no question begs
She: I know. You want to live between my legs!

Monday, August 9, 2010

A Review

"This collection explores a personal yet universal journey. The poems triangulate meanings of heart, mind and soul with effortless simplicity. They set an intimate trail dusted in glitter where a matrix of music and questioning thought converges to stimulate on every level, creating a wondrous experience. "

Lana Deym Campbell

Dawn Sky

I rose at dawn today as usual
to sit in silence outside
only to be flooded
by the silver white shine
of a full moon
descending to the west.

Captured, captivated
by this caress,
I stood and gazed,
light of body and spirit,
till the moon dipped
behind the rooftops,

only to notice
the dimmed Dipper,
overhead distant Saturn
and Venus rising regally.

Then to the south,
brightly still,
hung the pearl necklace
of the Southern Cross.

And I thought of you.
I still do.

Hand Writing

Arriving to my eyes expectant,
your note tugs for touch,
my hand is your longing want
for mouth to voice a hush.

You wrote this. Your pen
was here, in these lines I trace
with mine, shaping a ken
in words of fond embrace.

Writing as if your hand is mine
and mine is yours;

Your hand in my glove
my glove on your hand;

Thinner than skin
distance (between us)
disappears in.

What Child Is This?

I have thoughts of this.
I will not think them.

I have feelings for this.
I will not feel them.

I have words for this.
I will not utter them.

I am rock.


Thomas of Aquin,
he of mind so keen,
had proofs of God unseen.

What he didn't know
I know: the proof of God
is You.

Poetry by Willy Fred Chica

My first collection of poems published elsewhere on the Web,
of which a dear friend had this review:

This collection explores a personal yet universal journey. The poems triangulate meanings of heart, mind and soul with effortless simplicity. They set an intimate trail dusted in glitter where a matrix of music and questioning thought converges to stimulate on every level, creating a wondrous experience. "

Lana Deym Campbell