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p r o f i l e s    i n    s t i l l n e s s
a dew-on-line feature

 

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original artwork copyright  ai  li  2002

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p r o f i l e s     i n     s t i l l n e s s
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o f   p o e t s   t o u c h e d   b y   g r a c e

 

 

 

 

 

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Leslie Giddens

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he skywalks . . .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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                        cloud
                       

 

 

 



 

 

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                        mountain
                        path

 


                        straight
                        to
                        the
                        sky

 

 

                        cloud
                        of
                        presence

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                        clap

 

 

 

 

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                        pilgrim
                        line

 


                        sono-
                        rous
                        chant-
                        ing

 

 

                        cloud
                        speak

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                        clap

 

 

 

 

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                        round
                        the
                        living
                        

 

                        and
                        the
                        dead

 

 

                         fills
                         the
                         temple

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                        bell

 

 

 

 

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                        rising
                        sun

 

                        where
                        is
                        the
                        mountain

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
 

 

 

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Leslie Giddens in his own words . . .

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Born 1929. Started writing haiku & tanka since
my retirement in 1994. I love the tension between Mies van der Roes'
"less is more" and Donatella Versace's "Less is less and less."

 

 

 

 

 

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                               Homage to Santoka
                        
      

                       
you walked from one temple
                        shrine to another
                        distant mountains in your eyes
                        behind them the farther
                        ranges of your silence


 

 

 



 

 

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                        after looking long
                        at the ongoing sky                           
                       
the silence reaches my roots
                        and deeper still the voices
                        of underground rivers
                        
 


 

 

 



 

 

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                        all winter the surf
                        echoes        inside
                       
locked beach huts




 

 

 



 

 

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                        you said rest in me
                        and I will deepen                           
                       
my rest in you:
                        but I never expected
                        such a vast world of stillness




 

 

 



 

 

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f i n i s

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thank you Leslie for sharing your poems

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if you have enjoyed the small selection of Leslie's poetry presented
in this first feature of profiles in stillness on dew-on-line,
you may be pleased to know that you will be able to read more
of this sensitive poet's work in still 2 three, still 3 one,
still 3 two, still 3 three, still 3 four, still 4 one and still 4 three.

none of the work featured in this section has appeared in still.

these editions of still are available from
back editions
on still's website

 

 

 

 

all featured poems copyright Leslie Giddens 2002

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