Thank you for visiting my website — Dave Baldwin

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The theme for January’s EPIC poetry workshop is “enough.” Here is my offering.

Images of Water

Like two cities at opposite ends
of a long lake, lovers sip
the chalice of all the world’s illusions.

A pinwheeling leaf
strikes the watercourse
and floats around the bend,
gone forever.
Do you ever think of me?

A whale boat amid the dunes
is filled to the gunnels with rain,
keeping water in instead of out.

What lovers actually say to each other
is best written on the wind
or on the water
or on the skin with fingertips.

I open the curtains and see a sun bridge
over wine-red waters that spread
to a timeless immeasurable darkness.

Nothing on earth is softer
or weaker than water,
yet water grinds the mountain down.
What can we learn from this?

No front or back, no sides, no up or down:
like truth, clear water
is the same in all six directions.

Repair work on the dam—
emptying out the harmony
of water and mud.

Hiding in the reeds and water plants
of his comfortable bog, the little frog
peeks out at the affairs of the world.

The flowing lake is always filling,
but is never full.
Was there once a true sense
of fullness,
of enough,
of which all that now remains
is an empty print and trace?
The lake tries in vain to fill
with waters around it—
seeking in things that are not there
the help it cannot find
in those things that are.
there is a chronic ache
that comes from feeling incomplete.

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Author Bio

Dave Baldwin recently retired as senior technical writer from the Walt Disney Company (Technology Division) after 40+ years as a technical writer and editor. In his career, he also worked for Boeing, Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, and Amazon. He has been a naval officer, college teacher, real estate broker, and masters track and field athlete (high jump and middle-distance races).

Dave is the author of a book about the history of track and field. A poet for many years, he is the former national secretary for the Haiku Society of America. He is a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Snohomish, Washington, and lives in nearby Lake Stevens.

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