Monday, November 30, 2015

I Do

if not now when
especially now
when I should know

luckily I do

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Good Light

let us go on talking anyway
whether or not we can agree
vary the topic open the door
use words of fewer syllables
show yourself in a good light
believing my purpose sincere

this is proper book business
inviting comment listening
to what the other has to say
the same stories harmlessly
retold embarrassing vanity
reembodied as a sacred text

Saturday, November 28, 2015

How I Feel

that was yesterday morning
they are all the same chilly
then gradually warm enough

different things may happen
usually not small pleasures
ready in linked procession

my attitude not everything
happening in the world
but colors it all for me

is that selfish thinking it
matters how I feel I think
nothing else is really real

Friday, November 27, 2015

Art Plays

natural order is the spectrum always the same
big sun rising transiting dipping bright moon
tugging our tides birth and death and weather
natural chaos now complicating the regularity
art plays along this edge as we play our lives
not performances games but really happening

Thursday, November 26, 2015

In London

in London I could be a gentleman
delve into the fascinating history
who built which street when why
the houses sell for millions now

who wouldn't want to live there
if living were all I'd go to my club
not talk to anyone but only read
filling my place in the dying order

no place more different than this
though our language is the same
theoretically no Indians were here
what they were missing we forgot

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

My Demons

your thought is not for me
I read it do you read mine

people actually are different
your assumptions not mine

my demons are only imps
their dirty work long done

neither teacher nor preacher
I may have nothing to offer

I know what you're saying
it isn't what I need or am

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Accidentally Rude

nothing is known without being described
by more than a word or properly named
as if you were there actually witnessed it

even then you can't know if you remember
or heard about it later or half imagined it
the advantage of numbers is they add up

some things can be true without being said
in anyone else's hearing or written out in
language not everyone is expected to know

it's that ambiguous whether you like it or
don't want anyone to feel bad if you were
accidentally rude forget I said anything

Monday, November 23, 2015

Clear Nights

does the Devil sleep I doubt it
his little devils keep right on
poking and jeering all the time
there is no night or day in hell

rain in darkness little warmer
than clear nights freezing the
animals' water we can sleep
to our weary hearts' content

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Dry Earth

wild at lunch after
outdoor adventure
after being inside
steadily stronger
doing chores again
before the winter

was that a spider
scurrying askance
or a reflection of
something other
ready to pounce
when we forget

memory is work
watered in hours
dry earth yields
details reemerge
your reward to be

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Without Warning

acts of involuntary character
circumvent all reason feeling
rises before thought can speak
who you are only visible later

don't try to decide if anything
goes further than you meant
you live with it embraceable
or never to be mentioned again

the usual caveat applies real
stuff happens without warning
a propensity previously hidden
rears its head unloved unshorn