THE ORDINARY CLOCK

The ordinary clock kept perfect time
[perfect]

The second hand swept in circles all of the hands swept

The sun rose at the proper time
[given permission ordinary permission]



(2013)

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THE FUNGAL

In darkness the fungal
elements rise and assume among the quiet
The watching nocturnal spirits
witness
And the dead and undergrown are consumed
taken back
To the ecologies of nature
every solid form returns
Nor life
I give you another name
And buried upon yourself and too the stars do know
you rise and plan your absence for sunrise
Spore puff
and gone and mallowed into the soil
Again
and again


(2013)


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I lose track of time

I bought some time
with currency
a picture of a president on it from the time machine
put it on my dresser
next to the semi precious beads and
waited
forgot about it

It was forever
having bought time
rested in the zip loc bag I suppose
it needed air it needed a garden so
easy to say
from the perspective of November
patience is no virtue
unless one is so conditioned and
requires no conscious thought

The trouble with forgetting
is a regrowth of the familiar
eats invention I suppose
that is why we have children
to remember
when the river is only satisfactory
when the night sky is only
and with limits
that is why we have children

It was the grocery store
the time was wrapped in cellophane
I had forgotten the last
batch the last eon on the dresser
no matter
better to have more than less

(2019)



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The autonomy of nature

Believe it returns upon my absence
what is stolen
returns at nature's effort
but I am nature!
what process to my own reintroduction
as if extinction cannot exist
one organism grows into another
one germ into another germ
agree
no
I cannot be natural and have a garden a farm
for sustainability is a harvest of what is given imagine
a culture of land use
sprawl
to the demise of ninety percent of species for the exploit of ten percent
the autonomy of nature is
with and without me argue
man departs nature at his eighteenth year
suffer
is no more gathering but fences and planting
the parents are seen as natural
but they know better
enlist a community to see for the education of youth
on paper trees and acid books improvisation
is improvement upon what form what city
what can I do for you [question]
was a wall built around a land called park
spectacle
bison elsewhere moose wolf it is I am endangered
for my consumption
listen the wind whistles
empty
[that]
that


© 2019


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the poem registered

was the poet with the pencil

called the constellation by name

because

attention is the redundance of

midnight


the poem registered

was the poet with the pencil

called the constellation by name

because

attention is the redundance of

midnight

© 2018