Friday, January 8, 2016


A Pre-Finale Introspective, Past Halfway, More to Come…

I work in a study stuffed with books.
I’ve read half of those—
Sages, visionaries, twirly-eyed kooks—

I’ll join their number soon enough
Authoring words behind
That work on some brain or disperse in a puff.

Most of these kooks are dead anyway.
I’ll join them that way too.
Books are best for living the day.

When dead I will have read my last
And probably won’t care,
Won’t spend thought and fear aghast

At my eyes’ withering and my brain
Dispersing in a puff
Of dust. I won’t be back again.

Till then, I love butterflies,
An angry fish on the line
I dream of ships with sails, skies

With roiling clouds, moving air
Stirring waves like soup,
A biplane overhead, the clear

Drone of an artful engine. I love
The smell of green trees
My heart and lungs racing above

The precipice I just climbed, worlds
Below me a puzzle. I love
To make with paint and wood and words

And food. Horses move me. Cats
Trust me. Eagles watch
Me. There’s more of course, but that’s

Enough of life for now. My dear
Ones know me. My friends
Can trust a sympathetic ear.

One thing more: I don’t give a fuck
I’m not immortal. Here
Is all my care, and I won’t duck

My life for ersatz dreams of future-
Tense glory. Screw that.
Till then, thanks, dead authors, for all your

Books. If they sprang from life
They matter to someone
Living now, your madness and strife
Urging us to run.


1 comment:

  1. My favorite phrase in this DS: "So now his thought's gone...." As if B had only one thought in his life, though I know it really means his ability to think. It's too bad this one gets lost in the cacophony of the other almost-four-hundred. It stands well on its own.