The DNA of Us

I sought correlation forged
in simpatico inside a boundless
hostility unknown even to myself

This anger, tempered with regret
unleashed a season of the coldest winter
in the midst of Summer’s stare –

Callous, unafraid – still the words
pushed through though left dormant
inside recklessness, like time caste aside

From my own perdition, aghast in the steppe
of Reason, an agony away from internment –
Confounded by a reign of tears,

I fought a galaxy of despair unknown to me,
scraping the tomb of all that I had lost,
an escalating monument to redemption set against

A sky of rivers that lead to you, the floating
rhythm of your face, the sigh of your smile
the seconds of your breath –

I lead into you [now] before our time has come,
into an expanse of sunlight yet unspoken, castaway
inside your eyes where I become lost

Found but isomorphic to the same image
of you before my own eyes, purely captured
by our differences in sameness
across an untouched horizon of fire.

© K. James Ribble / 9.12.16

Passage of Time

There are times I fret
over what could have been
grieve with you over
all your losses knowing
there is no way I could ever
go back to comfort you
in those times of struggle,
easing the pain of your Heart

In the passage of time
there is this place where the
absence of your presence
defies the day ahead
shown bright against
the mountains and
it threatens me
like a ghost from an
afterlife never lived –
like a faded memory
it evaporates with the clouds
finding me alone again
in that time, without
you, just as I am now

Knowing all that you have been through
knowing the depths of your despair
wondering how I can support your healing
with the understanding that I am
I am here – right now


Allow me to bring you comfort
allow me to help you heal your heart
allow me the honor of bringing you
to the place you want to start again

I’ve been embraced
by so much love from you
and your Light illumes
the crystal sky around me
with the colors of your love



© K. James Ribble

Heredity of Landscapes

Lying next to you alone,

my heartbeats create the

involuntary memory of

your skin

in a pedigree of

soft impressions


the touch of heredity in your

landscapes – the edge

of longevity that seeks the

insatiable, the silk alignments

in a purchase of stars –


yet found again

in the pale green acceptance

of time’s riven nature


and it becomes the unknowable,

undeniable, yet unendurable starmark

of a blue and innocent mantle,

placing the image of you

in an acceptance of      all that I am

in all     that I have given

up on a veil of memory

cleansed by the

clearest waters of

my love for you



© K. James Ribble

Desert Light

Desert light streaks nascent

on the snows of archival white

young beams that cannot die

lest the sun lingers any longer –


In the mindfulness of time

we’ve received the gift of life,

a cognizance rife with an awareness, a

clarity primed, a reality un-fettered

by the misfires of memory;

alas, the gift does not rely

on perception alone; there is no time

for such things as reminiscence


So I travel on my way

blissfully aware that I am

found in discovery of my own likeness,

the secondhand tick of being human


where the road I travel longs for the

finality of impermanence, like the

slow and lengthy misconception

that strikes the evidence as truth


when the god spark within me speaks

of love to the light of day

and your hands, above the chorus of dawn,

lay gently on my brow of hope.




© K. James Ribble

A Subtle Boldness

“Winter finds reasons

to seek kisses from the Spring

sweet flowers emerge”



Cosmos of endlessness

bears witness to your

infinite beauty, the soul of

who you are –

A subtle boldness

falls silent,

emotionally bound to

thoughts of

desert nights

Rising casual on the incline

of time

never once obliged to

the memory of the currents

blown straight through Winter to

leave the signature of who you are



© K. James Ribble



The Empathy of Children

Even in the closeness of winter

here in this time –


in this place –


you have no idea how

honored I am to regarded

as your father –

You are the gift of myself

and your mother

we have given you everything

And yet it is you

Who gives me Life

for I am a galaxy of

of you  – for you.

No other bond

remains / .


© K. James Ribble

Blue Pearl

Blue pearl of sky
Flush with winter sun that
I am relinquished to –
[ensorcelled from the daylight to
which I am abandoned to,]
in the quiet of this instance
I am bequeathed to a vision
of having had privilege, a
crossing of paths in that
second – where we saw Truth
as we’d never seen it –
brief as it was, astral in its way,
it has drawn me to find sanctuary
in my own acceptance – stepping
stones to greater intuition, the way
clouds shed their skin, and dispel a
thin patina of white across the desert
floor, its remnants of time -clasped –


© K. James Ribble

curiosity of conscience

There is a curiosity of


in the unhealed wounds

of our sorrows;

a symbol of memory,

engendered by our love,

where remorse nor validation

dwells –

we seek a higher ground,

fulfilling promises made

to ourselves,

holding life enhanced

by the blessing of time – like the

way gold clouds of the desert

converge in a confluence

of gratitude and guilt,

the thought of squandering a life,

lays entirely at the hands of your Self –

And so I walk with the gait of

rhythm and grace in a carriage

of knowing: that it is your blood I

carry in my veins



© K. James Ribble

The Petroglyph Incantations

I speak in frozen language
borne of a forlorn calling
to this deficit of options

like the night’s shade caste to
an enemy of every doubt,
lingering on a path of my own

questioning, have I lost my way?
have the snows of these desert
reaches, clutched in a caliper

of time, rendered me soft
above the sun’s golden grasp?
now superimposed in the memory

of your smile, I find the earth-brown
golds of your eyes lose me in that
time again with you – in that time

whose temperament belies
the Passage of midnight
where I remain
lost within you


© K. James Ribble