Drums and Words

A collection of poetry, essays, and a unique perspective on philosopher John de Ruiter

Poems

Dinosaurs

Dinosaurs

The early earth was shaken By mammoth footfall pounding dust, Before the plains were overtaken When we arrived upon the crust. Did they communicate – who knows? In some medium reptilian? As our web and radios Link the tender billions.…
Eagle Eyes

Eagle Eyes

Eagle eyes under rocky brows, Hold an original gaze, The meekness of a baby, purling in the shade, And among the cliffs, I follow Streams newborn across an ancient face.  Image from NYE, 2013-14. Unknown photographer
Ancient River

Ancient River

Sunlight plays like ribbons on the surface of the stream, The evening shades of amber coiling round the boulders clean. From hills beyond my sight it runs, the ages to deliver. Now I, naked on the naked banks, step in…
Listening

Listening

Love’s counterfeit, I spit you out. The name will my closed lips more beautifully pronounce. Meek original, unmixed with doubt, Whisper in my heart your holy sounds. The sound without the substance round us rings. The clock ticks out its…
Down a Hidden Path

Down a Hidden Path

You criticize me: a spring runs in the sunlight to a shady nook. Slighting words: the soil’s warm between my toes. The wrong is mine: I feel the blossom breeze come in. Birdsong lightens the creative air Where I walk…
Before a Dive

Before a Dive

A being swimming in the deeps While in moonlight a cool wind sweeps. A light appears without warning, But a ripple in the morning, And as I look upon those deeps, I wonder what great truth the water keeps.
Speck

Speck

Breath in: the speck of one true thought. Breath out: the rest so truly not. Breath in: the air it needs to grow. Breath out: invested burs of woe Breath in: subtle beauties most forgot. Breath out, and that small…
Ephemera

Ephemera

My face that settles, beams and blushes, Sees beauty when she like a fleeting fish The surface brushes, and I through joy and pain, Am happy for the ripples that remain.           Featured Image: Unknown artist