Monday, April 30, 2012

Poverty is freedom.

What in the riches of our resources
Stays us to the course

Liberates us,
When liberated of our resources.

We are free.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Knitting factory.

Desiderio da Settignano - Young Boy (Italian 1460)

For Oliver Wright.

Everyone has a shell with which to call,
So call! And everyone looks preoccupied.

Upon each sprawling earfall it causes,
the beck is thrust eagerly against

The all--

You were named, and measured lengthwise
In inches--a trout, a record-breaker, a warm stitch--

Apparently it's important,

In the execution of a maiden shawl. It is yours to crave,
Its bay of toys and anxious others from which to cast

A growing shadow
And draw--

From this, little burstling, let
Innocence invariably recede, and your impending

Goodness resolve.

Look up.

When the world opens up to beg
You buy sharp things

And you open them up to beg back.

And what you harness in the incredible fear of others you lay warmly near

The heart of love.

(Look how it barely squeezes by when it moves past what it fought to subdue.)

Friday, April 27, 2012

The fairest leagues.

It takes supreme patience--

Are the fairest leagues

Have the random kicks of trunks been devised?
Are swimming thighs and splashing shoals--
Even if dangerous, been apprised?

Could the recreationists possibly be that wise?

Just blushing and just

Sinking coldly with the purpose of drowning
Out of high school
Only to rise,

The creased gangly few

Nuisance youths who, new, know mermaids

And guessed, and wished, and
Made mesh of their ebb-

Capturing chests--

Them, I mean, those few.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

On waking up.

I have exacted from Wonder
Everything I need.

And my living limits are dented
By bullhorns.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The Gods.

My eyes were traditional and young.

In the white glarings of the creek
Between smooth stones the colors of clay and

And bloodshed,

I grasped the coffee of the Earth.
Immobilized by the relationship of ones I
Loved and ones I tolerated,

I met my friends, who are Gods.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Tower, spring.

How safe the bell must be to ring.

Each cloud is near enough to capture that


The setting sun leaves a place,
And the moon is there. And it

Leaves a place.


There are disciplined times
When I have nothing.

I draw your face in the steam
And press my tongue against the

Idea of where

maybe, et cetera.

Thursday, April 12, 2012


Life can be found in the smelting pots.

It glows in union and stimulates what it must endure. Slag.

How pitiful.


There is a far lesser kind of wisdom dividing people--

Deeper and abandoning people and misused.

Some must forever be encouraged,
And some never.

A grain of salt is a measure of learning,
Worth no less than its

Weight in salt.

Holy color.

Tim McFarlane (recent Philadelphia)

If we follow subtle odors we will reach
Subtle rewards.

First, you could say, we will have holy color.
Holy shapes--


Cleft away from adult time as if meaningless
To the future.

The thrifty life.

Jean Auguste-Dominique Ingres The Head of a Girl (French 1813)

The thrifty life you have was never dreamt of in ignorance.

We all knew--you, and I, and of course they knew.

But pick away at your shoes, at the veil below them--at the blossomings of
Me and others here, seeing you.

There is only one thing dividing you from the apple.

Monday, April 9, 2012


Every once in a while it's like a ouija board--
I have the layout in my head.

There's the table.
wonder and I want to speak up.

The chandelier rocks when the girls from the past speak--it is
As though a baby had been born and was to be cared for,

And was the spirituality of

A delicate prank. The Song goes:

"I wonder..."

Sunday, April 8, 2012

In the waves.

Nobody can say, "I must," before the waves.

You are free.

This translucent ocean before you is free,
Its decisions and color,

Its frenzies of prehistory

Are free.

Your genetics and memory steep in vaults of black tea.

Tour tongue has tasted to be there,
Your arms have swam to stay afloat.

Such a reward, saline and crippling.


My children, who are a part of the sun, mine embers to be yours.

Acutely known

--or unknown,

The fluted heart is felted in damp green fur--
The cat gets around.

Isn't it remarkable what slender ledges welcome this little thing,

"What next, Dear Animal, when my hands fall to my mossy sides?"

And what is like the things one does when finally free?

They're bundled in the Earth,
So coercive when called upon.

Saturday, April 7, 2012


Chemicals meant to cure sick people have been
Detected, mixed in the blood of dancers--

What there in desperation seeps between the waterproofing
Cup of fingers

Clings to the gentle sleeper
In marbles of lazy sweat.

Each divoted inch of skin is a burden to the touch.


Leave it to the ingenuity of complete strangers,
Gravely eliminating the past.

They drive while their stranger passengers throw

Tapestries from the blue windows,
Insisting, "More beautiful!"

On all they derange to pass and
All they cover...

Monday, April 2, 2012

The archways.

As do the eyes wander far,
So too does the blue breeze upon which ferries the soul.

Every archway is, however far,
Full of wishes and conditions--

Out among the gales with mottos,

Saying, "you have come here on thin things,
I could shoot them down."


Into the stealth crass of this heartbreak
You must go.

While you are there you must


From the others. And when the pall asks you to regret it

USE the crass regret you stole.
What you've cobbled, creature, will recite your name...

Sunday, April 1, 2012

A peripheral blur.

Distress comes and goes with
The feeling up


And foxes running by.