Wednesday, September 30, 2009

If I Can I Will

yoga light hang weed granola
tai chi everything working again
in time for another long drive if
I can I will be there curtain time
the butter device eaten the fire
escape the seduction applause
if this is all I could say if asked

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Holy Theatre

wash the windows mow the grass
better than doing nothing gazing
dully wake up write about Indian
holy theatre pass it on what else

slow connection sabotages more
same endlessly amazing images
not enough I'm hungry to choose
doing as doing something choice

Monday, September 28, 2009

Better Living

say it don't just think it doesn't count
until it's put in words or action better
living when the lotus blooms I'm here
for you and others if I can remember

uneven music only Roberto can keep
time well enough to drum with other
songs vague hesitant I need a beat
to function act alive beyond thought

Sunday, September 27, 2009

My Beauty

when I am old praise my beauty
make sure I wash my hair brush
my teeth dress myself in colors
don't let me fall apart too badly
or if I do remember me in better
days gone by are always present

when I am bony hold me in your
arms as if I were soft and spring
upon us warm me with your love
if I am cold don't be deceived if I
don't seem to care I have nought
else but human body tenderness

Saturday, September 26, 2009

More Meaning

autumn rugs miscellaneous info
informs the in-between seasons
unpredictable inspiration or not
quite there all patterns dissolve

unmentionable invitation while
considering what thought catch
floating past as if in meditation
a movement has more meaning

that's why I asked you here to
meet what passes for quality in
democracy argument is a noise
distinct as what actually exists

Friday, September 25, 2009

Wild Being

between or after some to be last
words about age though young
in dreams doesn't matter we all
are mainly human isn't that true

so I phoned so I tried to keep in
touch you had your own network
as if everyday worries press less
email attach photographs like you

still the language evolving past
my urgency imagined wild being
thrusting upward to peaks of joy
above the mirror lake unfishable

Thursday, September 24, 2009

In Bits

I'm O.K. thanks whatever no further
surgery maybe viral swimming heat
help dust-mop floor laugh at Streep

what happens happens at a distance
publisher L.A. family friends all over
links proliferate warm bodies apart

there we are in bits little wonder as
if literary act replaces ordinary lives
as if we ourselves could be digitized

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Heat Pad

pain right hip start stops me
stranded leaning on the piano
sit down unaccustomed chair
wait for help to hobble across
room to chair heat pad helps
later almost better for tai chi
not really what can it mean I
thought I was fine not failing
can't I just roll or slide along
feel good if I don't try to walk

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Other Lives

cards say I'm home 400 miles today
450 yesterday from Many Glacier too
much driving alone "reading" novels
each peak beckons if I only could

falling through land forms hidden
canyons lost towns empty stretches
trees wheat grass rocks road crazy
gets to you passing never staying

I only talk to the help nothing say
to anyone else but platitudes the
usual mountain goats astonishing
steeps unimaginable other lives

Monday, September 21, 2009

Party Tricks

it should be a relief that it isn't true
just a thought if that those two jobs
you never show up for the columns
not written and the other thing you
try to go downtown but your heart
isn't in it you have given up flying
is just a party trick they won't tear
down the Plaza despite what GM
did across the street would be like
changing the Place de la Concorde
don't even think it stop the words

Sunday, September 20, 2009

One Place

what to wonder whether miles matter
going away might mean coming back
one place as good as another except

yesterday began coffee Janet's trailer
take-away granola missed turn found
finer path plans often predict events

and so I arrived at Glacier is unique
we're all in thrall as on a pilgrimage
nature beyond hard roads a scratch

rain snow closed pass still climbed
mountains in glimpses cloud gaps
driving through what was imagined

Friday, September 18, 2009

Only Itself

does bacon give you cancer or beef
did he really say chirping at the bit
what if the answer is yes what then

accidentally almost went to Canada
long short cut back through alpine
meadows ghost towns mirror lakes

different kinds of landscapes like
western Massachusetts or northern
New Mexico finally Idaho only itself

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Side Roads

many men are standing in the North Fork of the Stillaguamish
fishing Thursday morning are they unemployed craggy peaks
appear that mountain feeling side roads beckon in Rockport
on the Skagit humpies are running thick a fish on every cast
fighting for its life clouds wreathe the tops of the Picket Range
Twisp a fertile valley I remember from long ago in Omak I stop

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

What Else

good genes good habits what else
can you do pray for peace

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Not Now

a soft departure wondering how not
to go too fast land lightly zoom off
the next scenic highway beckoning

less interpreter than documentarian
I am not possessive about Søren or
even my own story only want it told

how busy other people are doing I
can't imagine what did I do all that
and more thinking if not now when

Monday, September 14, 2009

Same Old

business as usual more bitter lees
Congo rape dismemberment death
why say so it won't go away so I can 

Obama powerless to make the change
he promised instead the same white guy
gang keeps telling the same old sad story

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Having Fun

remind me why I am the one who does what I do again
not everything then is my own fault if fault there be yes
there is no other explanation unless you like to be silly
what time was still is if I am still really the same person
when sheer frivolity was a valid alternative to revolution
can I think that way again again feel good about myself
doing what I do art play giving pleasure and having fun

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Other Cells

beautiful Raimund Hoghe 9/11
robbed of his Algerian dancer still
we stayed the ritual saved us from
despair his courage playful wise

these a reason to remain awake
in spite of stupid conniving failed
ideals de trop when we only work
to win we are not our best self

which time is this to redo what
mattered mostly first fresh fallen
for always love true who counted
other cells the same old person

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Do Good

forgotten birthdays suddenly come back
a piece of cake in the wilderness or on a
sloop sweetly told is enough connection

no way to explain to the redneck right
their own difficulties not thus improved
if our democracy the best doesn't work

send all soldiers home stop arms sale
war doesn't help fewer guns is better
being elected main chance to do good

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Little Noises

spinning disk untoward delays little noises
what is it thinking meanwhile Federer wins
the cereus blooms I finish my ironing home
quiet after tai chi wide sky gestures in pink

smug is useless people may not change but
something does when you least expect what
follows enlarges on the past embrace each
moment passing eternal ready for anything 

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Another Language

too much already translated into words as
good a way of living as we can know I
imagine gods have another language too
subtle for limited mind or do we speak it
not knowing and no one notices or listens
closely enough my own attention febrile
at best flickering light in a vast darkness

Monday, September 07, 2009

Chilly Nights

images account for hours acting
solo holiday in thirty minutes too
long something meaningless to do

raspberries and crème frâiche yum

for meaning look to literature art
philosophy music ineffable truth
or not not everything is good for
me even if many others love it

what else new season for duvet
blanket too porous chilly nights

Sunday, September 06, 2009

Given Cues

wind added horse calling who
wins who stays away laughing

deliberately slowly as if I am
about to do something else

instead same calm progress
responding to the given cues

because of became identity
simple summation runs true

Saturday, September 05, 2009

Think Food

rain changes overnight seasons
mood swings erratic routine no
porch further varnish wet above
surface dimpled winners losing

nothing to think food is good I
am lucky to have all this which
need say more than anyone is
ready to make an impression

Friday, September 04, 2009

Only Listen

america disaster failing world peace
today I scrupulously washed wiped
varnished kitchen dining floor zip
to the city for time-based art found
videos of people tripping babbling
laughing falling down dancers do
amazing gender flip twist audience
cheers fabulous workout artists have
plenty of ideas if they'd only listen
medical chocolate dark road hum
tomorrow clean back porch recycle
swim library tennis piano mow pick
movies my words no longer crystal
even so spare us all fellow human

Thursday, September 03, 2009

En Route

potential visitors imaginary fill the empty
house life clean a worthy goal momentous
varnishing before a play-like performance

if it isn't art what is (it) what I said again
amazing wit awaiting gleaners may notice
unuttered sentiments alphabetically filed

where the time goes must have passed
en route tomorrow already gone without
adequate expression of stolen favorites

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

98 Percent

celebrate with kisses cards presents
heartfelt appreciation good getting
better all time well-practiced love

concentrated pesto in the freezer
raspberries horses cats contented
moon 98 percent glad stayed home

we feed each other tai chi balance
even as the ease of summer ends

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Ordinary Day

somebody wins it sometimes me
ordinary day simultaneous special
click through screens as Bergman
makes it meaningful for the actors

no faking detailed attention just
so is the absolute max each one
match fun for someone making it
up as he goes trippingly along

not that I can read about it before
it happens to me who used to be
there with able bodies in amber
waving gaily to the teeming horde