Thursday, May 13, 2021

IN SOME LANGUAGE (49) 


In some language
the word for fire
also means desire.

It also means
evening star.



Wednesday, May 12, 2021

THE VANISHING POINT 


The vanishing point
is ever farther,
the farther you go.

The horizon
keeps moving too.



Tuesday, May 11, 2021

IN SOME LANGUAGE (48) 


In some language
the word for nothing
also means God,.



Monday, May 10, 2021

A ROAR OF HARLEYS 


A roar of Harleys,
a long rumble of them

coming through town--
spring.



Sunday, May 09, 2021

TEN OLD MONK POEMS (14) 


YOU GET

You get all
the silence
you invite,
the old monk said.

~

DOES A MONK

Does a monk
ever know
that he's a saint,
they asked.

Does the mule
know that he's
half a jackass,
the old monk said.

~

SOMETIMES THE TIGER

The old monk says,
sometimes the tiger
means business

and sometimes
you can pull his tail.
Don't get it wrong.

~

WHAT'S OVER

What's over the horizon,
the old monk says,
is not over its horizon.

~

HOW FAR ARE

How far are those
stars whose light

will never reach us,
the old monk wondered.

Farther than
imagination.

~

WHEN I SAY

When I say I know,
the old monk said,

I'm not saying
anything.

~

YOU WANT TO DEAL

You want to deal
with the devil,
the old monk said.

Go down to the crossroads.
He'll look like me.

~

STOP WEARING OUT

Stop wearing out the stars
trying to write all night,
the old monk told himself.

Do you think he listened?

~

I UNDERSTAND

I understand
how many places

I can stand
to be standing here,

the old monk said.
Every place.

~

THERE'S NOT SO MUCH

There's not so much
you can want

that you can't
want more,

the old monk
berated them.

~



IN SOME LANGUAGE (47) 


In some language
the word for strength
also means good woman.



Saturday, May 08, 2021

EVENING 


Evening.
The insistent crickets.
A creaking gate.


Friday, May 07, 2021

FAILED MISSION TO MARS 


The mistake they'll make
is failing to send

a poet to Mars.
You can't colonize

the universe
without poetry.



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