Friday, April 17, 2015

Last Resort

by Daniel Potter

The rooster finds love rising
before dawn.  Declares
our last resort: enjoy the pain!

Hear echoes in your cry for help, Comanche
shouting ride the horse.
Feathers flying mean you feel
big spaces, hunger's attention, longing love.

Who's not seduced when rippling patterns lift
our smiling to a god in lakes of fish?

Remember, gravity in Captain Death's museum
shapes the soul's mantle through appearance
but who will share her innermost resort?
Sh.  The Pope is washing feet.

Rising Sun

cloudless sky rising sun
touching treetops orange
becoming newest green
the bright light clarifies

so the mind reidentifies
forgotten dreams waning
familiar tropes reemerge
sounding just like himself

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Do More

tomorrow I will think about Freddie again
for Gerard who has many questions puts me
much earlier in my story many changes since

I don't want to go there haven't I squeezed it
dry dismayed by my own erring innocence
as if anything could have come out different

anyway it all worked out pretty well Johnny
wasn't busted did what he liked succeeded
and I've enjoyed three more wonderful lives

it can't hurt me now I'll make a book of his
collages reawaken ghost and take a chance
do more is all I can one moment at a time

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Bare Will

just me and my mind stream
twinkling down the av-e-nue
of trees and dreams and broken
hearts have little to do with this
episode of learning how to do it

bare will quietly self-expressed
without regard for praise or gain
who could recognize it anyway
distracted by their own hunger
gratified and ready for more

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

More Breakfasts

is it better to be bigger to do more
count words trips to work or across
the country oceans orgasms books

gravity loves flesh buoyant bones
can hardly hold it up it aspires to
levitate clings together in ecstasy

is it more to be big and dramatic
dig into art insist on being right
despite inertia change your mind

you ask because you want to know
more breakfasts problematic tasks
accomplished before you realize

Monday, April 13, 2015

Hard Enough

I pass the test just clear enough
as I was always telling myself
I could do more so why didn't I

but wait there's more self-doubt
to go around twice asking why
as if how to wasn't hard enough

adequate is never good enough
to go for nothing doing nothing
gained is a foothold to continue

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Life Force

a great life ends all done
goodbye friend thank you
for your generous sharing
wisdom insight inspiration
fun when all else serious

what I too am waiting for
but in the meantime work
know the world needs us
life force demands action
for love peace justice joy

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Letting Go

let go of personal concerns
present net we hardly notice
cruel rider relentless spurs

let go what you have to do
will happen when you do it
future be here soon enough

read a book see a play really
listen to music take a walk
you need a break then work

work not personal but holy
you need it to feel complete
soul force precious within

Friday, April 10, 2015

Another Time

I have an enormous amount to say
I could start anywhere
built up inside for decades
have I forgotten something
reminds me of another time
another story significant to me
meanwhile the present
continues to accumulate

Thursday, April 09, 2015

An Action

inside these clothes
inside this skin
not more real
but equally
these limbs
disposed in space
at rest
thinking
feeling
existing
as an action