PF detail from Pierre-Auguste Renoir - Beach Scene, Guernsey (Children by the Sea in Guernsey) - 1883;


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May 2009


Nielson's poetry has hundreds of homes, including Lilliput Review, Modern Haiku, Hazmat and Taproot, and homes with publications in other countries including Japan and Croatia. Since 1991, he has been editor/custodian of Beer Creek haiku.


The Heart Dance

Open your heart
   inside may be a sigh,
   a stone, a river,
   a golden throne,
   or a sliver of ice.
   Come, open your heart

Open your heart
   inside may be a stumble,
   a dance, grandmother's lost eyelash,
   or even empty yearning.
Come open your heart

Open your heart
   inside, a drinking song,
   an immortal's kiss,
   or ink dark loneliness.
Come open your heart

   We'll whirl and rhumba
   the dance of
   newfound eyelashes,
   of immortal kisses, of
   ice slivers

Come, heart
   of all hearts,
   come, beloved
   and dance.

The Dance by Henri Matisse