Tuesday, January 14, 2020


everybody has a face
even the faceless few
face is destiny is fate
it looks however may
show how you feel or
not may fool everyone
or no one each face is
someone phenomenal

having ordinary face is
immediately surprising
if not this then what
what then it happens
you look like you not
another person good
looks are mainly age
youth beauty relative

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Sunday Best

conversation disappears whatever
sparkling flourishes of phrase display
one's wit and brilliant grace of mind
evaporate amid distraction or the hearer's
own self-image and inadequate attention
why bother if it's not recorded can't be used
in a superior medium yet these are the
precious moments when you're actually there
face to face with the yearned-for other
speaking from the newly waking heart
in your Sunday best if anyone notices or cares
here is the chance to be yourself in words
gestures can't be seen on radio and video
emphasizes crooked teeth and personality
that's all it is you have to love it

Sunday, December 22, 2019


consider trousers
what a construction
can you make them
can you live without them

Sunday, December 15, 2019

What Is

what is my life
what is this color
creamy white
blue and yellow
a cluster of girls in red
a boy swimming laps
a nap
what does it mean
it's just what is

Friday, December 13, 2019

Edge of Reason

world gone wrong
again events obtrude
even here in Oregon
we receive the news
two-fifths are stupid
falling as a herd
for the cunning man
barest edge of reason
tips fragile balance
to the lower end
the sensible resign

Sunday, December 08, 2019

Out Ahead

everyone around him knew the secret
he tried to figure it out by pretending
it was easy to go along got out ahead
without serious effort running lightly
not quite touching the solid ground

later he learned they were lost in space
playing the parts they were cast in badly
dependent on familiar levels of oxygen
and other inexplicable phenomena he
just happened to have stumbled into

the body systems call the shots if we
are talking about what actually exists
strip away art and there's nothing left
you will be secretly and truly dead
still imagining something is going on

Saturday, December 07, 2019

Actual Reality

this is me
sitting in my chair reading The New Yorker
is this a thing to do
is this really my life
I do this every day or something like it
every evening for a few hours
or play the piano or watch a movie
later I read Gertrude Stein
while brushing my teeth and going to sleep
does it matter what it's about
does "virtual reality" mean anything to me
I want actual reality
and this is it

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Feel Good

I feel "bad" when I feel bad
my health and vigor virtue
though it isn't really it's
ideal parents lucky genes
mild excess sensible habits
like three prunes a day
ever vulnerable to chance
change age inevitable end
can I feel "good" even dying
mortality is not immoral

Thursday, November 21, 2019

You Fall

you gradually get used to it
as it inexorably advances
nothing to be done but
follow along cheerfully
keep up as well as you can
watch your footing relax
trust your angel is ready
to catch you as you fall

Monday, November 18, 2019

Creeping Up

before reading writing
first you open the file
then words appear in it

what you have thought
takes the form of words
arranged in even lines

nine stanzas on decline
taking different forms
be ready for surprises

gradually creeping up
and suddenly revealed
years having elapsed

you know you're old
yet uttterly yourself
productive having fun

meanwhile older still
laugh at your limits
continue making art

eat healthy exercise
whatever your thing
keep right on doing

decline is underway
denial useless time
leaving you behind

read Pessoa √Čnard
Andric Stein write
everything you can