Monday, April 25, 2011

Goodbye Note at 75: A Nightmare

She said:

It was a mistake
to find you, even though
you were a route to
relief at the time.

And we sat side-by-side
for those quiet years
while I longed
to have a body in love.

You are not my deepest love,
you know, the mysterious
love of my life. All the
years, passed, wasted with you

and there is this
wish come true
who makes me faint,
found late, but found.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Seeing Out

I don't see why
life is not extraordinary,
seeing out
and re-creating everything
in a mass of circuits that may not close.

I don't see
how we look into the faces
of creatures we don't know
and learn that they can do for themselves
if only we supply fresh water.

Maybe God cares
only for species
and lets my individual eyes
go blank.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011


He says, "When you
scoff at my means
I'll say, I'm not exactly stupid."

He nods
at the degree
hanging on the wall.

He says, "I Know how I'm
wasting everyone's time
with my non-stop displays and my questions."

He says, "like a dutiful
schoolboy currying
favor from the adults."

He recalls his dreaded violin case
and the big leather
briefcase even in Summer.

He says, "I know
how time
explodes in my head."

He says, "I know
how feeling good
deprives me of my edge."

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Cartoon Emotions

Saturday, April 09, 2011

Glass Ceiling

All those grownups
standing around
looking up at the monitor
as some college graduate
picks the winner

have nothing to do
but wait, no names or titles
and very small chances.
They all resent each other
because of the way

they are bunched
up against the glass
at the top of the cage
where the sun floods in
so they can see the screen.

Sunday, April 03, 2011