Mountain — Poem 30 on the 30th day of NaPoWriMo

So, it’s the end of the road for NaPoWriMo!  For me, quite a journey.  I do thank all who read and continue to read.  I will keep this Hypotenuse Wolf blog and update from time to time, either with new work, or — with commentary on poetry, or various forms of writing/art/music/film and cultural events.  However, Hypotenuse Wolf will have always poetry as a foundation — one way or another. I’ll be adding a blog roll or links too, at least a few.  So, keep reading.  I am taking a break though first, for a few days at least.  It’s been fun!  And, for me, expanding! 


Mountain                                                             Max Wolf Valerio


the mountain

a song


and open

from here

two psalms

a staff and a

long winding


to tears and



the mountain


above clouds

the apex

a crown

fire from the head

breach of secrecy

an opening




collapse and shift in


night winds




the lookout

on the mountain top

scribe of subconscious




by Max Wolf Valerio  (C) April 30, 2012


Clear Mind Starlight City — Poem 25 on Day 25 is here

This one took a minute but it is here!  Poem 25 on Day 25! 


Clear Mind  Starlight City                 Max Wolf Valerio


stars lash the sky as wind




                           and —

it’s time to step out

from the distance

to what is close


to examine

what is clearly visible  —


even the starlight

filters through

fog to



just as this leaning city is visible

from those tarry rooftops —

once the lights are on

all night

and there’s a roaring


what is visible can be


and what can be heard



the strongest fears

and the slightest hesitancy


undone, all undone  —  in bright spangling   

                           clarity     —  

the will

of starlight                to bring still

thoughts                       to

attention  —


By Max Wolf Valerio    (c) April 25, 2012 

poem 9 on day 9 — Osa is 9

Here’s the 9th poem, for the 9th day!  I take inspiration here from Osa, (Oh- sah) the odu in Yoruban divination that is about change, transformation and — travel.  Any way, I’m playing with that here.  Enjoy!


 Osa is 9 —                               Max Wolf Valerio


Osa is movement, 9 heads of the hydra

brooding just beneath water         puncturing the surface

                                                               of the vast ocean            in bursts

                   wild wire         columns of hurricane winds

                            lifting up into                  the atmosphere       poised

                                                                in rankling  sheets of air

                  Osa transforms                     Nine is nine columns of wind

                                                                Up right and then, tilting

                                                      hurtling toward the creation of



                                                      ten holds two places

                                           one is full            and another signifies

            emptiness       or completion        the awesome possibility of zero      



an infinite multiplication           of mad ruffling numerals                       stilts on fire              lightning ahead of the calling winds 


                                        atomic             and scorching        to white dust


                rending of cloth       and high-pitched howls      tornado amplification


                O-sah               transformation in a cacophony of voices             speaking

inside cemeteries            the boss lady of the graveyard         listening and calling out anonymous in a crowd           unseen yet felt                from a distance


                       nine and nine                nearly tipping over –

                               an avenging angel            sword and flashing             bolts

                                                           open               the future


 by Max Wolf Valerio   (c) April 9, 2012