Saturday, October 18, 2014

Not Much

not long to do not much
he had better make a list
pick up cleaners books
back up computers pack
shopping calms anxiety
be clean and well rested
whatever he wears is fine

Friday, October 17, 2014

Bad Decisions

is this the way through
or am I already beyond

has the future happened
without anyone noticing

is it too late or too soon
for what won't be done

energized by negativity
we strove to stay level

that was so long ago it
doesn't count anymore

but I'm still here kicking
myself for bad decisions

Your Seconds

writing is time in action
my sentences your seconds
given freely rewarded well

we are here together after
all the confusion we love
each other and the world

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Direct Observation

two worlds cross every other
meaning less than the first
when direct observation was
enough to be honest and real

reviews are about something
poems not necessarily what
I wanted to say was what I
thought about what I saw

is that what they meant if
anyone told me I didn't hear
free to speculate only later
realized how right on I was

how are the small town and
chickens relevant to who I
am or used to be thinking
I knew enough to be wrong

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Like Bricks

demon time waits in a motel room
like any other he can do tai chi in
practically no space too much time
before he can sleep night through

words stacked up square like bricks
ready to collapse in an earthquake
we made it through another dinner
another horse coming to our barn

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

All Clean

did I tell you what happened
how I did what I meant to do
effortlessly rain or sun swam
I will have my books in time

asked to remember the room
where I lived for seven years
since gutted rebuilt all clean
smoke parrot shit music love

I have told you all that before
hard to hold onto other's lives
your own wavers as you look
even now its outline obscure

Monday, October 13, 2014

Better Version

some should say less
some should say more
what is the difference
which one are you
forever aspiring to become
a better version of yourself
and others wish you would
the fact is this is it or you
perfection a deadly ideal

Sunday, October 12, 2014

One More

it has to work out
the fifty-two cards
the game is rigged
just not every time

so it is with life
it averages plus
children born etc.
or so it has so far

if you like play on
until you win one
then quit if you can
or play one more

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Actual Content

beyond style is actually serious
Bach is not just using religion
as a pretext for music there is
the possibility of meaning what
you talk about when you write

"managing his inner doubts" is
not it I mean something more

beyond style is actual content
I realize Sam put me down for
merely mentioning its absence
called on it by my mentors I
stepped aside into acting it out
every day meaning is still there
beyond style the heart of human

Friday, October 10, 2014

Deep End

no password to my heart
only cobwebs in my hair
this momentous occasion
like any other night in fall

more men should exercise
women's workout music
rocks the swimming pool
I'm alone in the deep end

all this makes sense to me
in the major mode drama
remembered without envy
its time past my endurance