The Earth's Breath

by Kjell Nykvist

The Earth’s Breath is
The kissing reds of rose beds;
Is the blue jay’s lift and curl
In a bush- and sun-spread day;
Is the lake’s changeling face
Turned silver by the moon’s reflection;
Is the soft-caught cedar tree
Aged, flecked with snow.

The Earth’s Breath is
A monument unto itself;
Is ebb and flow and
Life, death, rebirth;
Is both erasure
And remembrance.

The Earth’s Breath is
What makes one ask:
What is the Earth’s Breath?

Bryan Damien Nichols

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Bryan Damien Nichols was born in Houma, Louisiana, on August 30, 1978. He earned a B.A., summa cum laude, in Philosophy from Baylor University, and a J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law. He has practiced law in both Houston and in the Rio Grande Valley. In his poetry, Bryan writes through two different heteronyms: (1) Kjell Nykvist; and (2) Alexander Shacklebury. Generally speaking, Kjell provides an optimistic worldview, while Alexander provides a pessimistic worldview. Kjell and Alexander are not mere “extensions” of Mr. Nichols; instead, each heteronym is a unique character with his own personality, poetic style, and biography.

Last updated December 30, 2014