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

What I Feel

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 all there is

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