Saturday, March 18, 2017

Finis

No reader believes a story
is ever finished,
however well-arranged the plot.
So long as some character
survives,
the ending is a thing
that is not
final,
only a resting place
where, for a time
protagonists stay
to be what
we sort of hope they may.
And we hope and don't hope
for more from the old
drudge who first made
our loved ones dance
their lives out
so choreographed--
once new tunes
set our minds to tapping out
their play
in the Elysian fields
we create for fictive heroes
or the drinking tables
in the Valhalla of our minds.

Falling Time

There the falling out of time with
nature's rhythm
disrupts: so
colder than early blossoms
deserve, or
wetter than man-made streets
need
we find changes
on a scale out of tempo
with our chorus,
singing the seasons too
early and too late.
The shake in the shale-bones
of bottom land
where mother's blood licked
the roots of grain
are an alarm
we ignore at our peril while
we ruffle
late-winter snow
from our hair.

Is it not cold?
What warmth warns us here?
While rivers run in the streets,
where droughts last
broke the branches of
careworn planning,
and fires suddenly know no season?

We are falling out of time,
soon to be out of time,
while shore-lands teem with
incidental floods and
unseemly days of shin-bearing warmth
are treated with smiles
not concern. A vacation from the
real--an abdication
from our stewardship.
A falling and a failing.
We deny even while
we know.

We teem with hand-waving denials.
No planting made by our hands yet
lies prepared in its germ
for the future our lack
of best-laid plans have made.
Where the pursers of politics boast of
the health of radiation,
and the growth of fruits made large
in the greenhouse
of our carbonate fetish,
how even do we speak
truth to dead-president-green power?
Can our artisanal megaphone
eclipse the
digitalized PA?
And despite knowing the
things we know,
would our hearers care to hear
the things we say?
And believe them with their hands and feet--
where the science
meets the paycheck,
and the ballot
meets the menu?

I can not say I know--
but catastrophe is written in frosty
feathers of ice on the peach blossoms, and
and in glyphosate and the paths of bees
and the cries of birds and
the ways of fishes in the northern seas.
And the ice shelf and the fault lines,
and the electorate
and your house and home.
You either hear nature
bloody red in denture and manicure,
or ignore.


But do that, and you've forgot
what our world was for
and all that came before,
and have signed off on
what you get from it
now at first--not so bad.

Then, evermore.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Wait and See?

They can tell me "wait and see",
but I have seen
what things can be--
bondage and chains
in the land of the free
and fires burning at night.
No, these eyes have seen
already, and I have
heard enough.
They want me to wait
until they see--
but that answer is not right.
It never was
good enough for me.
I have seen
and so has history.
The only response?

Fight.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Rather Wings

I would rather have wings than a halo
though my wings be black as night;
it is better to soar to heaven
than to shine with borrowed light.

A halo would do me no good,
for in the stories folks would tell
of the tarnish on my circlet--
not whether I wore it well.

But I could wrap my wings around me
to protect me from the lack of love,
and when the desire takes me
I would use them to rise above.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Empty hand

The imagined weapon in
the empty hand weighs about
as much as all the hate
in a lifetime of separation
and wondering why they
do like that, and how
they speak that way, and how
their eyes don't show the things they would
show if
one were respected for
one's uniform, and that
is why empty hands and
weaponized wallets
are, judicially speaking,
reasons,
by an unwritten book
where prey is always wrong,
and prayer is their only
answer.
And with my empty hand
I offer this argument
nothing
but the clap of my one hand
so much nothing to wave away--
the nonsense buzzing of a fly,
but the carrion is my people.
And I swipe
at this
buzz. These clear wings,
this garbage-feeding. This dropper of maggots.
To you, a gesture
of my empty hand.
I have more emptiness to give you,
but stop filling
these graves.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Were

The flood of the
dammed fluidity
overflows
the bed it
should have
stayed,
inconvenient perhaps,
but less terrible
than the chaos
that was made
when the force
so firmly held
broke out
from the unnatural
wall it slammed
against a direction
never intended
were it never dammed.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Owlets

I watched them on a webcam--
and wouldn't you?

Adorable nature,
struggling life
hatched, fluffy hairs
mostly naked and
weak,.

but so to speak--

how start we all?

and I wanted to see them
grow and fledge,
although I would miss them
when they went aloft

in four weeks-or five,
I knew the lifespan of owls,

and I thought these would survive.

But nature has her sway and say
what should be is not always that way.

And I saw them die--

And know more than I did before
of life and what it has in store.