Selected for the National Library of Poetry's "Best Poets of 2000" compilation

Phoenix rising...
A chaotic swirl of cosmic energy;
a flaming shadow of night, burning bright as the rising sun,
glistens in the flickering dawn.

A spirit of the wind-swept skies
spreads its wings of fire and ice
and emerges from the shadow of death
as a glittering flame in the twilight sky.

Phoenix rising ,

Phoenix falling,

Chaos swirling,

Shadows falling;
in the crackling ray of light
that is the phoenix...

Night flares into the distant horizon
Silent and dark as shadow,
Engulfing time itself in its chilling embrace
yet the flickering phoenix
once again streaks the stars.

wings spread in a meeting

of light and shadow,

it shimmers away into the hands of the future.