This is the view from my home desk. Every time I look up at this young oak, I can’t help but recite, in my head, a Jane Hirshfield poem I read in a class with Paul Willis. It’s one of many poems that have stuck with me. I just wish that I could share it in Paul’s calm, effortless voice.


It is foolish
to let a young redwood
grow next to a house.

Even in this
one lifetime,
you will have to choose.

That great calm being,
this clutter of soup pots and books —

Already the first branch-tips brush at the window.
Softly, calmly, immensity taps at your life.


Living in the Now

Living in the Now

Did you see that?
Just as the yellow mountain sank
it spat up a glimpse
of that in-between
where just now blinks
into just about.

This thinnest slice
contains the Pacific Ocean,
its million waves
sneaking up on shores.

A sixteenth note
wherein Beethoven composed
a moonlit lament
for lovers lost at sea.

The master, mixing his lightfast colors of experience.
The hero, shouldering the heavy door of imminence.

Just spare me one more,
this one last glimpse,
to peak over the horizon,
to sip the last of the orange tea.

So that we don’t have to forget

Another one of my assignments for Creative Writing Poetry. As many of you know, I was on campus the night of the Tea Fire with my video camera, as several of Westmont’s buildings were lost to the flames.

So that we don’t have to forget

Embers like fireflies tonight.
I want to call it beautiful
but these orange hills
in the morning will be black.

The snowing ash
grays my two-day beard.
Was this flake once a book
whose pages I’ve savored?

I turn my face downwind
to find breath
but only taste the smoke
of trees that gave me air.

A crouching flame stands up
and shows how tall he really is.
He dances on dry leaves,
delighting in his craft.

All I can do is press record
and watch on the three inch screen.
Tiny pieces of yesterday fall
onto the ground and onto my tape.

jedd goble

Cinematographer of Two Story Films. I'm passionate about film and the way that stories can shape the world and change our perspectives.