Wednesday, December 13, 2017

A Good Story

don't be surprised if I don't remember
everything happened so fast and I was
not sure who was there were you was I

it makes a good story but is it really true
or only plausible a variation that might
stand in for or improve upon the actual

the words themselves prove nothing in
context they can barely be understood
even by those who speak the language

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Back Room

if asked I say yes
afterward I have
doubts do I really
want to stand up
in front of people
to read my poetry
in a clarion voice
express feelings
I may or may not
actually be having
expose limitations
ordinarily hidden
living in disguise
as myself perfected
in a bar's back room

Monday, December 11, 2017

Naturally Dark

everyone goes to bed
pretty much at the same time
many lights stay on
it isn't naturally dark
stars barely manage to shine
even at three or four
when no one wants to be up
maybe it doesn't matter
most people don't even notice
when they're asleep

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Like This

am I thinking
are we talking
do you understand me
am I saying what I mean
is it always like this

did we eat
what did it taste like
was it healthy
was it responsibly grown
was it lovingly prepared

we can be frank
history is on our side
we can say anything
we are preaccepted
everything will be forgiven

Saturday, December 09, 2017

Only Hunngry

whether you have thought
whether I am capable of thought
even thought it through
we try not to stake out positions
to refrain from engaging
not wanting to contend
only hungry for results
it isn't just theory it's right
if you seriously think about it

Thursday, December 07, 2017

Deeper Meaning

if I wait until I know what I want to say
I will never start writing
if I avoid saying anything obvious
nothing will be left
if I dig for the deeper meaning
I will only find hints
if I try to have the last word
no one will be listening
if I think I can help by being perfectly clear
I am sadly mistaken

Keep Looking

nothing unique except the fine print
subtle markings only another lion
would recognize endow with meaning
lust for whether or not they're overlaid
with flamboyant individuality empty
of anything beyond a first impression

keep looking as if you know it's there
some secret harmonious or threadbare
suggested in a look or shadowed eye
or mindless physicality essentially time
its fleeting flow inexorable and new
in expression of possible significance

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

No Way

no one asks because no one knows
what is the question with the right
answer we need to hear resistance
known to be futile something more
positive creative action fraternity
proper nourishment not enough to
right the ship solid building on high
ground to save yourself what about
the situation great correction ripping
fabric worn faded original beauty
still there no way to go beyond new
paradigm ambushed by profiteers

Monday, December 04, 2017

Even Now

used to being ahead I fall
hopelessly dizzyingly behind
not just technologically also
fun with others in the world

what is to be done is what is
the question even now this
time not mine to define but
still to be fully lived in joy

Sunday, December 03, 2017

Deep Water

words organize themselves into
stories and my interest slides into
deep water where sudden doubts
dissolve links into swirling inks

something I used to care about
turns out to be words for money
or a way of exercising ghosts
left over from a different world

another new thought when it's
already too hard to think what
might make a difference or just
be the right next step forward