Monday, December 04, 2023

First Step

 I want each reader to read each poem and think, "What does that mean? What was he thinking?" and go back and read it again, looking closely at its parts, and see what it make them think. Reading it aloud to people is pointless. Hearing its music is only the first step.

Sunday, December 03, 2023

New Ideas

 it's only four and it's getting dark
where's my afternoon, in fact it's
early, I still can do anything I like
I plan another book of poems
2015 a very good year, why stop
now, I can still see well enough
even darker days ahead, but they
will pass, the sun return bringing
leaves flowers eggs and new ideas

Monday, November 27, 2023

I Say

 I say to myself Michael
you're just incredibly brilliant
pouring out these poems
packed with ideas and images
how can you think all that
and dare to say it

Thursday, November 02, 2023

Stop Pretending

 I'm in a hole
or I am a hole
formerly here
vaguely active
now I have to
lie down stop
I still exist

Sunday, September 24, 2023

Passing Time

 rectangles in receding planes
some at angles
light from different windows
colors paling in the damp dusk
a distant rumble
or is that his blood
or passing time
he wants to keep it simple
though it never is
comfortable in his chair
and body
savoring the day

Tuesday, June 06, 2023

Wild Horses

 where did we go so wrong
God is the whole not each one
individually trying to outsmart
 others and the actual situation
analytic strategies bite back
nothing wants to be atomized
inoperable in separated parts
requiring to be reassembled
that's some of it anyway think
before you identify with one
self eating its way through
others ganging up to fight
evil maniacs stimulate the urge
and feast on causing misery
as if life itself weren't hard
without imposing more pain
that's no excuse either I
can only blame philosophy
wrong thinking shakes the
reins we the wild horses

Friday, June 02, 2023

Getting On

 if I were myself
who would I be
clean white socks
positive outlook
after everything
still getting on

Thursday, May 18, 2023

Other Animals

 the rat came around the corner
saw me spun and fled its claws
chittering on the walk this is who
has been opening up the eggs
something bigger is under the
house viciously screaming in the
night one skunk trapped probable
raccoons probably raising young
we are their enemies they will
die and others come right after
to populate the leftover spaces
never intended to be occupied
and prey on our animals poach
our produce deny our title to
the land and right to evict or even
kill them for trying to go on

Wednesday, February 01, 2023

Molten Words

 what what what am I to do
how am I to live these precious years
this precious day fading my body
weakened and failing in parts
cast the moment in molten words
transparent to the universal rays
open like the door to heaven

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Life Itself

politics is not more serious than life
itself a world of many states of mind
and body like a river tirelessly seeking
death in the restless ocean of eternity