Monday, July 21, 2014

This Once

we are all brands
each named product
selling ourselves

self-styled moniker
signed forever more

speak as yourself
creating the role
this once only

Sunday, July 20, 2014

You May Be Right

perfect stories don't need to prick you
with their point they are not needles

things happen that's all you can really
count on say more you may be wrong

by the time you can explain it will be
over superseded by something strange

it doesn't follow that you understand
you may be right but it hardly helps

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Frequent Errors

did you ask
what you couldn't have known
or did you think you knew
already completely satisfied

what can we learn
from our frequent errors
ahead of the facts
or behind
shaping them to our pleasure

are you serious
about learning to be better
for whatever happens next
beyond your control

Friday, July 18, 2014

Refined Taste

everything offends me if I let it
bringing infant to piano recital
not knowing not to talk it's how
things are not everyone behaves

some scorn rules or don't know
some think they are stars couldn't
care less others can't help it the
whole damn thing has gone to hell

marketing now is to the young
what they're selling I don't want
refined taste defines a territory
glimmers of sanity within the flux

afraid of being too frank I waffle
obscure one minute naked the next
if I don't say what I actually think
what possible point to writing

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Lean Back

lean back
don't do anything
look about
observe the situation
you in it

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

My Skin

pieces of my skin a trail
around house and land
into Portland and back
a lively play at Full Life
Powell's Hawthorne
sleepy after lunch nearly
nod off driving home
nap tai chi in the park
tiny pieces of my skin
everywhere remain

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

A Friend

keep it simple
though it isn't

say it plainly
try to be clear

follow a path
through trees

each a friend
of somebody

Monday, July 14, 2014

Can Do

is that all I did
another hesitation
not remembering
more than I do

but the past is over
I told you already
everything I know
arises again anew

so plan a tomorrow
do what you say
be there if you can
no reason not

Sunday, July 13, 2014

The Net

the net gives the game meaning
if you insist on meaning and not
just to bat the ball around sillily

how can we be friends you are so
and I am so both wanting to be
how we are accidentally formed

what we have in common what
we most deny random interests
choices for inexcusable reasons

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Burning Hot

the sun is suddenly my enemy
blazing on me no matter what
my face is burning hot and red
even inside the car I am seared
how can I return the television
how can I do anything at all