Thursday, October 9, 2014

Departed Wind


What is this quiet moon
that formed the night?
The honored line finds its
way to the sea,
a gift of space, the sun departed all
are in passing;
a departure of the wind.


Irrational holiness
holy of holies
our trousers possessed by unsubstantial
inertia- Onan the departed!
but what of the burnt-smell warmth of
your mourning bed?  Lost in
The wilderness of a stained mattress
and uniquely folded forces of space-time?
We take the perilous journey to invisibility
and back again traveling through
those irreversible echoes:


Retreat, Moses! with those
temporary impressions of imperfection
can Armageddon be so brief, so unforeseen?
Can you call forth the possible fathers
made of material failure?
Only later would you accelerate
toward some silent atonement.
Only later comprehend the artificial light
of god.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014



Remembrance is fool’s juice
the dead have no business here, now
there are no maps for the commerce of advice and
scripture is one way to practice amnesia
He who narrates is usually the last to eat
the listener will always avoid the center,
and allow the years to be removed
from the conversation.


To our surprise on aging we find
age is the reason for discardment
the rate of growth among the mendacious
is perforated with the debt of doubt,
we allow ourselves our decomposing
out of respect for the lunatics around us
We are consoled by the thrown-away the
vagrant the destitute and fraudulent.
We will not allow ourselves to be dissuaded
but instead we will be the laughingstock of the deceased.


Number eater your days are rendered
the wind and the wild tell your story
from market to wall your defects
become increasingly multiplied your
character petrified, storm-swept.
You are the killers of necessity
replacing aspiration with desire
the forbidden with the irrational
You are a dead sea.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Hands, Rodin, Hands

Where were the armies,
surprised by gases in the thickness
of the forest in the glory of the morning?
The corners are packed with
quoters of religion, the facts
of which are subject to suspicion

Delightful Wonderworker you
surprised us with water
refreshed us with Spring, all year long
The ladies flowed out
of your dirty postcards
and took their places
in the pocket of dawn

On occasion I notice
fractions of infirmity
come to visit and never leave
a lame dog melancholy
repeating the same phrases
the same names of the newly gone
What remorse and impatience don’t
take from our faces
the texture of suicide and of grains of
thanksgiving will form the
sediment of experience.

I assumed you were executed
you widower you
addresser of deeds
the Haggadah of the heart
dusty and cruddy
with passages of purchase
with the disrespect of god

Thursday, July 24, 2014

...Maybe There's No Obligation, Now,...


This scheming island
pulses with rifles
War ears erect to battles
over vegetables
riverboats full of tourists
watching from the water
send milk from the homeland
to prisoners on the quay.
In simple time
plantations reap quantities of oranges
for passengers on railways
to catch along the way.
The weedbeds and the ministries
of doubtful education hatch
schemes of acquisition
and holy conjunction to
find a method of going on
another day.


A fee for sleeping is
charged to all meditators, to
all you grazers who believe in
axioms, to those whose reason,
once so practiced, so golden, so
Now lost to them.


We fear the infinitesimal
the land of lost sleep
where dreams may be kept
like any old sandglass
in a triangular box,
where the game is the same
everyday and I
(of the Capital Eye)
cheat the senders of messages
because I know the
land of the receivers
is now empty.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

One Of These Days


Light might make this a masterpiece
would it then function as a coat of arms
for the incessant gardener who
makes rainstorms of love
fall across England?
In courses of order of abuse
periods of the hammer, the nail, in rapid
succession fix whatever discussion
of holy iterant with
mystic orders
for all time.
What course, then, what latitude
will we ascend to in order
to reform our solutions?


Though he climbed the nocturnal country
there was no view
Obsolete he terminated his peace through
his own obsolescence
A Jew among Christians
the torch of youth as if a fire
that does not know itself.


But I descend
and in the rapid depth my falling
is only failure
I am received as a fully amortized relic
aged but willing
pressed into foreclosure between
the miles and the stones
All that was purchased
gone and forgotten yet
the debt is still owed.
Left a Spanish Prisoner
in an insolvent bait-and-switch I
fail the years and they,

Friday, July 11, 2014

Throw Your Shoes Into the River


There is a volcano in the bedroom
made of topiary and fumes
spilling prayers along the patterns
of the night rug, and the nearest pasture.
There is a library filled
with obsolete encyclopedias
and weapons with such range and power
that they raise questions
to the doubtful nature of ambition
There are miles after nocturnal miles
when you sense that green has a number
and that all prospects have become visible
and are rising.


You may be lost in elliptical murals
pictures of seed and mist
with sparkling water and eccentric lamp
with which you are protected from
artistic necessity
Your fingers are soft prisms
through which no light passes undetected
the color of your heart undistinguished
from the purple of wine


Transit the celestial garden until
deposited at the gate of superstitious rivers
the water and field
the grassbox and the hoe
the intellectual haywain
attaches bells to your brush and pen
and allows you to achieve longevity
without wisdom
The snapshots of constellations
provide no clues to the chainless cycle
and so become as useful as sundials at night
Artists freewheel through the sunset
a nightmare landscape of pursuit and possible
without syllabus or corncob
without religion and beyond desire.