Monday, November 30, 2009

Man in Tatters


Good night, little Hero.
The path of the damned
Had you hauled up from
Your deal struck with the devil-
You took the gaspipe and chain to the end
You were lost in a soundless space
Stuck down there with your tiny teeth
And sewer air
The act of empire comes much later
And choking, waits for things to be put right
So you watch to see the
true meaning of your work.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Turning People Into Eaches*

* e.e. cummings

You can take the light
But leave the gloom
As though you were never really here.
Before the air closed we
Stood at windows and on
Corners watching trespassers of
Pleasure whirl by. Perhaps kindness
Has allowed us something as we guests
Along for the voyage back to original time
Try to discover sainthood
But find only faceless days.
Here, on the floor, time comes flickering
Writing your history in shadows

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

The Wind Makes Dust


Watch for the embarrassed flowers of spring,
Carnations I thought they were
Young between suddenness of arrival and departure
Trainless and with fingers of money,
New shoes and regardless happiness they
Make their way to the hatted city
Where happiness was the goal
Not realizing how temporary things really are.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Remember Where You Are


I’ve seen the silent jets
The thanks and strapshift sash
Careworn coins slipped from
Old and aching hands
The chirping urchins who decide
Instead to go over the railing
Glanced through untold forward windows
Where women fall from grace
Along the path
How deeply home and beauty are
Given over to skirting flung
And arching forth
Generous shown anger and
Dropped into a cap
A visitor a minstrel
from the evening
Onelegged and mouthless
Growling as daedalus runs to the sea.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

"Is It True In An Anthill Dreams Are a Duty?"*

*Pablo Neruda- El Libro des las Preguntas

Child of worry
Day of gentle blessing
The north bridge to night
Carries us over the river scented- it
Seems as an awkward perfume-it
Smells of old men greeting dawn on the other side
Faith yawns as souls are washed away
The saint of streets raises a tiny glass-full of night
To her dark mouth and with a shaking hand
Finds a place to alight.
You-man who liked the suddenly cheery
Journey then passed your ticket to
The usual women who tucked it in gloves
And stumbled off down the road.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

eyes know if a lit tle tree listens


Art abandoned me
Left me out
On a wide and empty sea- no features there
But endless caps of peaks and green sky
(If I had served it as I had served my king)
If I am alone with a pocketful of teeth
Here, short and growling in the trees of Conmee
Then, a wonderful old fart is what I’ll be,
Who doesn’t know when to take his leave.
Certainly morning gives way to afternoon doubt
Before we were sure and delighted
We come to the breech probably to preach beauty
But are left muttering while accepting the charity
Of ignorant, sunny-winked strangers.

The dancing take the footpath
Delighted in walking to the province of light
And leave their good name
On an ignorant handkerchief
By the roadside six-eyed and coming of age
Then laugh and mail itself a letter
In the form of little red boxes
And finally forget about good.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

O Africa


Come dark
Define your houses
Place peace on
Plumes of smoke
Shifting altars wandering
In the eye of the night
Cease being wide in
The places where you now rest
Softly ascend and create awe
Easily you now fly
Last night I dreamt of you,
In your chair, so frail and old
Your crooked hip and sightless eye
Last night I flew.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

If I Had Possession Over Judgement Day


On nature’s drunken lips
Oh most beautiful bird
I forget if you fly south for winter
Not in certainty if I shall see you again
A smell of china and wood and drought
Thirty years’ of wanting,… why?
The Awful wearing of paper Jesus-masks
A laugh a murmur chanting waving now first grace
Amongst the passing legs
Homer in the stairwell
Is what you wrote for real?
My earth-mouth, art, rots away
As I create nature daily
This is how I know myself
This is how I remain.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

If I Venture In the Slipstream

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This Prospero willing to be a happy exile
Winds up in a gravedigger’s pocket
Acting on a world that falls forward
toward some lewd end while
The son of Judas fills my coat with ghosts.
Tonight we will meet ourselves
And wait for you in tender bewilderment
At a place where the wives of giants gather
To celebrate the daylight.
There is justice in motion. We
Glorify the music of silence.

For Brownie

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Geology of a Broken Heart


A coat of honor the coat of glory
Hidden among summer years
Written name- super man
Last lay dying
Like sound and gone fire walked
Between the slumberers looking
For signatures looking for skies
On the willingness of the wooed but then stealing heaven.
To be at once satisfied yet bent against the centuries hearing
The sound of dying stars,
Finding a returning light
Dear to the horizon.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

You Bring Your Rain Everywhere You Go


King forgetter, a gentleman slave
Find your thoughts in antique angels
Left in second-hand shops
Urge the capitalists of night to invest in bones
Believe the best lands are yet to come
Raise up the sage of the dead earth
For another season, rich in arms and the dying
Depart your bed, leave your secondbest,
Your wife, sister and daughter to the company of pretenders
Walk out among some famous smiles
Lay your will to rest in kind tribute to peace
Pray for the name you wish you had

Monday, November 2, 2009

Correspondence With Jack Rivers


Lovely jaws monylender’s flesh
History jeers at us who have hope
Home we go from Roman lands
From events proving the meaning of mere words
The lifted hands also carry life
High on the palm, where borrowers riot
Fullbellied, trying to test this season
A theory of famine
Inspired with enthusiasm
Searches for lost armadas
In the sea of the Bermudas or
The philosophy of history where
Life is deep and wide and made in Germany.