Thursday, October 30, 2014

Eating Dates

in the other kingdom in between
eating dates off an imagined tray
overlooked by unromantic eyes
misjudged by ill-prepared tastes

the kings are disappearing faster
when where is not reconcilable
and why is on hold until hours
pass with no one doing a thing

place was a construction of being
never to be seen again or missed
and time a geography of presence
literary people trapped in thought

what I remember is not what was
but the story we contrived to tell
what we wanted to be at the time
teases the possibility of meaning

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Any Occasion

shut up mind stop spinning
words until it's time to say
or write them down I know
what I think having thought
enough about it all already

on the other coast it rains
or else it's drought we're
willing to be ourselves in
public as well as privately
prepared for any occasion

Monday, October 27, 2014

Waking Up

too depressing when freedom
turns into emptiness nothing
to do between sleep and meals

is this where life really leads
fragmentary distractions fail
to fill relentless recurring hours

I see it all around me the young
busy doing the old waking up
wonder how to survive the days

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Rapid Retreat

black uncertainty shakes my inner
energy inadequate New York stairs
small appetite for repeating thrills
rapid retreat safe home only $200
action taken reservation changed

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Small Regret

flight correction pivots tube redirects
over pebbly cloud paths northern fields
pairs of threes consider stretching time
confined to seats engineered to please

each landscape shapes a different life
neighbors not necessarily doing same
beauty noticed passing through again
never present for the scheduled kills

if you are reading what I am writing
we are both halfway across the land
earth's thin film of atmosphere fluid
enough to sustain my dubious flight

panic of going away from home pales
as the bright sun reconfigures hours
dark beneath scrambled cloud shapes
promising arrival with small regret

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Besides Books

what else have I read besides books
music reveals its beauty reluctantly
the mind plays solitaire with itself

who told what would happen next
the cat licks its testicles soon gone
silence a buzzing crowd of ghosts

Monday, October 20, 2014

Fatal Trap

a neat puzzle set for the unwary
as if words meant what they said
think of them in a different order
no one can grasp what you mean
inarticulate in your own groping
frustrates the revolutionary cell

revolutionary will lacks language
you understand the words alone
the subject more or less defined
anything useful to say about it
subsumed in assumed solidarity
argue instead among yourselves

misunderstood you blunder on
insisting on hidden differences
mispronouncing provincialism
loyal to your blunt conditioning
necessary subtlety a fatal trap
silences the revolutionary call

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