Wednesday, November 06, 2019

Fades Away

what you can't see exists less
vividly shifting boundaries
color-matched dimensionality
reduced to imagined memory
what you can't see clearly still
lives internally consistent not
quite explaining itself to you
you learn to live with it how
to navigate the blur starved
for specified information on
street names faces stories you
pick your way through slowly
what you can see is infinitely
dense referential glowing in
annual rings of transformation
you never knew so deeply as
now as it slowly fades away

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Random Relief

beside the inundation of cities
everything else seems trivial
although I won't be here then
so it shouldn't matter to me

we're relatively safe on well
watered higher ground only
earthquake to worry about
and our own disintegration

so I can read about astrology
if I care and all the other
magazine concerns random
relief from the rising water

Monday, October 28, 2019

Here Again

what I feel in the afternoon
obvious sunlight pouring in
through my huge window is I
can't do anything what about
chores what I feel doesn't do
meaning pull up my pants or
stash away the letters from
sweet friends long gone here
again as memory as history
or plastic against the drafts
ahead of the punishing night
what I feel beomes the poem

Friday, October 25, 2019

Like Me

normal is 1945 we
won the war things
can only get better

forget the past it
doesn't apply real
life discontinuous

yet Shakespeare
came to London
like me to New York

Elizabeth as fearful
as Trump embedded
in ambitious loonies

it doesn't matter no
woke person cares
it's almost the end

rewind not possible
with this app smile
mourn the world

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Pleasure Calls

then pleasure calls the easy
lazy autumn day gone summery
we walked in the park and talked
what else can possibly follow
chocolate and an empty hour
to fill with memory and hope

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

So Far

easy for me to say whatever
happens is fine my immediate
world is peaceful harmonious
I am solvent work only as much
as I like gladly filling my days
with friends music exercise art
loved and loving so far healthy
even while the world burns in
ruin the future no one's friend

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Knowing Better

the way things are is neither permanent nor necessary
I read in The New York Times which acts as if it were
so do we all what else if we are lucky even then knowing
better this is it and what we think doesn't change a thing
but our own experience of our lives which is everything

Filling Time

as I read I keep thinking what I
might or should be doing instead
how soon I will move on to other
possibilities as the coffee and pot
take effect the afternoon already
well used the necessity of filling
time coming round again later on
read play the piano watch a movie
until midnight when I go to bed
after a few last hands of solitaire

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Up to Date

(for Emanuel Peluso)
is there anything more to say
once we're up to date on our
attachments movies books or
the latest political squabbles
was there ever what did we
talk about or did we need to
the day itself sufficient unto
ourselves reforming again in
the context of possibility now
we are old retired from work
and further romantic questing
I still yearn to converse be
friends and improve our lives

Friday, September 13, 2019

More So

shall I tell you everything
that occurs to me in my
narrow vocabulary feebler
by the minute wonderful
filling the shoes of strict
precision evocative verbs
absorbed into had and got
no one cares I said again
a way of excusing laziness
limited research overhasty
leaps into pointless print
beating myself up doesn't
make me better or repair
entropic drift so change or
stay the same and more so