Saturday, February 18, 2017

How to Play

no distance with the baby
demonstrating how to play
a whole person 18 months
much growing yet to do
already entirely himself

Friday, February 17, 2017

Earlier Attempts

back up latest version
that should be enough
revision is irrevocable
in practice not theory
posterity will deplore
archived variant texts
no one will read them
I will never have time
back up latest version
erase earlier attempts

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Green Soul

down by the river
deep ancient forces
rise to the surface
everything explained
certain neurons fire
and random memories
burst like skyrockets
showers of petals fall
caressing my green soul
awake from winter sleep

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Another Book

one-click living speeds the norm
rain driving across the uncaring
planet we happen to inhabit soon
another book appears unbound
ready to be readily absorbed
becoming part of myself forever

Tuesday, February 14, 2017


aisins walnuts cheddar
enable continued sitting
reading about attention

backgrounded normal
evening hunger easily
appeased with nibbles

Monday, February 13, 2017

Last Word

the first possible moment
admires a wry expression
misplaced regret merging
algebra or ancient history
with individual chemistry
finding treasures ahunting
wilder impressions of love
when the last word is said
shuts the back gate forever

Sunday, February 12, 2017

The Question

the answer is yes
if the question is properly asked

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Even Opera

always singing sounds better in Italian
even opera may be better in French or
German too well understood as music
supports words it doesn't really need

still we are here talking listen on the
side while making Sunday pancakes
I bought raspberries after ours expired
like forgotten devotion to the local rag

you have to use the language you have
trying to say enough but not too much
people would rather talk than listen to
what your words insist on spelling out

Friday, February 10, 2017

What I Saw

if I can see I can say
what I saw I may be
right or misperceive
or even intentionally
blind to what is real
and really happened
wanting it different
and so correcting it

Thursday, February 09, 2017

Each One

aren't we all fathers and sons
or else mothers and daughters
how can it be as special as it
feels when they communicate
or don't come visit all relaxed
and friendly or losing the beat
retreat in confused remorse

aren't we all vulnerable to loss
experiencing each one acutely
even when it hasn't happened
yet knowing it eventually will
whatever the weather and our
state of health wealth common
sense counsling don't go there